Tamara Fitzgerald is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery at Duke University. Her academic focus is in global surgery, surgical capacity building, and cost-effective, quality biomedical devices for low- and middle-income countries. She works with pediatric surgeons in sub-Saharan Africa to increase training and support for young surgeons, thereby improving children’s access to surgical care. Access to surgical care world-wide is a pressing problem, affecting millions of individuals. The solution to this problem lies in changing the way we view low- and middle-income countries, setting aside the missional mindset and adopting strategies of mentorship and empowerment. She received her B.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and her M.D. from Boston University. She completed a general surgery residency and fellowship in pediatric surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Her website is scholars.duke.edu/person/tamara.fitzgerald.
MD, MPH, PhD
Nobhojit Roy (MD, MPH, PhD) trained as a General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. He also holds a MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden on Injury epidemiology, trauma registries and health systems in resource-poor settings. He was Professor and Chief of Surgery at BARC Hospital, HBNI University (Govt of India) providing universal health care to 100,000 people in suburban Mumbai. His department is the designated WHO Collaborating centre for research in Surgical care delivery in the LMICs (SEARO region), which focuses on accessibility, burden of disease, preventable deaths and outcomes of NCDs. Thereafter, he was the National Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence at the think-tank of the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW), the National Health systems Resource centre (NHSRC). Currently, he is the Director of Health Systems Strengthening team at CARE-India, which is the Technical support and resource unit to the Health department of the state of Bihar with a population of 110 million. He has been one of the Lancet commissioners for Global Surgery (2013-2015) (www.lancetglobalsurgery.org) and for NCD and Injuries for the poorest billion (2015-2020) (ncdipoverty.org). He is a Trustee at Lifebox.
Andres Fernando Dominguez Calero
Andres F Dominguez Calero, MD is a vascular and endovascular surgeon at the Imbanaco Medical Center and at Angiografia de Occidente in Cali, Colombia, which is the biggest cardiovascular and endovascular center in Cali. He is one of the faculty in the Department of Research and the Division of Surgical Innovation at both hospitals. He is affiliated with Universidad de Antioquia where he teaches endovascular surgery and the Universidad del Valle where he teaches General Surgery residents. He went to medical school at the Universidad Libre in Cali, and then did his General Surgery residency at CES University in Medellin, Colombia. He practiced for 2 years as a general and trauma surgeon at one of the biggest trauma centers in Colombia (Fundacion Valle del Lili, Hospital Universitario del Valle), before going on to do a fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery in Universidad de Antioquia, which has the highest vascular surgery volume in Colombia. Dr. Dominguez Calero is also a twin engine pilot who enjoys the challenge of flying across the country. He is an inventor who wants a better world and plans to be part of transforming it into a better place for everyone.