EVENT: Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Training for LMIC Surgery and Anesthesia Clinicians

Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Training for LMIC Surgery and Anesthesia Clinicians

Chaired by Dr. Ambereen Sleemi, this event fostered a discussion to identify – and seek to find strategies to address – the main barriers for LMIC based perioperative clinicians in accessing training opportunities.

This video is available to view in English / French / Spanish.

CHAIR: Dr. Ambereen Sleemi

Dr. Sleemi is a female pelvic medicine reconstructive surgeon (Urogynecologist), trained obstetric fistula surgeon and Executive Director and Surgical Director of International Medical Response (IMR). IMR works to train surgeons in pelvic reconstruction and fistula repair. Dr. Sleemi holds an MD/MPH from George Washington University School of Medicine, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She trained Ob/Gyn at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and obstetric fistula surgery in Northern Nigeria. Dr. Sleemi spent six years on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) and is an active member.


Dr. Sedera Arimino

Dr. Sedera Arimino is a general surgeon in Madagascar. Dr. Arimino studied medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Antananarivo, Madagascar with a surgery internship at the University Hospital Joseph Ravoahangy Andrianavalona (CHU-JRA) in Madagascar, the Hospital Center of Gonesse in France, and the University Hospital Analankinina Toamasina in Madagascar. Currently Dr. Arimino works as a general surgeon at the Regional Hospital of Reference of Vakinankaratra Antsirabe as well as working as a joint Surgical Fellow for Operation Smile and Lifebox.


Professor Abebe Bekele

Professor Abebe Bekele is the Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Global Health Equity. He is a General and Thoracic Surgeon and a Professor of Surgery at Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine in Ethiopia. Professor Bekele is a fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He also serves as a Member of Council and Chairman of the Examinations and Credentials Committee at COSECSA. Professor Bekele has fellowships from the American College of Surgeons, the University of Washington, and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER).


Dr. Carolina Haylock Loor

Dr. Carolina Haylock-Loor is an anesthesiologist, intensivist, and interventional pain physician in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and is Director of Programs of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA). Dr. Haylock-Loor is past President of the Honduran Anesthesia Society and has represented the Latin American region as a council member of WFSA, as well as Chair of the WFSA Gender Balance committee. She is particularly passionate about education and has taught trainees on the Honduran Anesthesiology Residency Program in Pain Management.


Professor Salome Maswime

Professor Salome Maswime is an associate Professor and the Head of the Global Surgery Division at the University of Cape Town; an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; a World Economic Forum Young Scientist; Next Einstein Fellow; and President of the South African Clinician Scientists Society. She is a former research fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and former lecturer at the Wits University. She is a trustee of the South African Health Systems Trust, and associate editor of the South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; and a member of UNITARs’ Global Surgery Foundation leadership team.



Dr. Percy Rossell Perry

Dr. Percy Rossell Perry is a plastic surgeon working at the Edgardo Rebagliatti Martins Hospital of ESSALUD, Lima, Peru where he performs pediatric reconstructive plastic surgery. He trained at the Kirschbaum Institute in Peru and the Militar Central Hospital in Argentina. Dr. Rossel completed a visiting Fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, UCLA, and New York University. He is Professor of the postgraduate studies of the Faculty of Human Medicine of the San Martin de Porres University in Lima, Peru and holds a M


Dr. Omolara Modupe Williams

Dr. Omolara Modupe Williams is a Consultant Pediatric Surgeon at Lagos State University College of Medicine, Nigeria. Dr. Williams has an MSc in Global Health with Global Surgery from King’s College London. She is keen on addressing access barriers to surgical care, improving surgical outcomes, and advocacy for children’s surgery. Dr. Williams’ research interests include neonatal and paediatric surgery, pediatric urology, and global surgery and epidemiology.




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