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Moderators of Global Surgery & Anesthesia and GHDonline staff

Moderators

Robert Riviello

Robert Riviello

Moderator

Bio

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH, through his teaching, research and clinical activities, hopes to improve access to surgical services for poor African patients by bridging academic general surgery with teaching hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa and thereby improving the quality and quantity of available surgical workforce. He is developing, through the BWH Department of Surgery and the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health, a Global Surgery Delivery track to provide structured mentorship to such residents. He also leads an Academic Global Surgery Forum which offers group mentorship to medical and public health students and surgical residents in this budding field. Dr. Riviello has a secondary focus investigating innovative low-cost wound care technology to impact the global burden of chronic wounds. Working in collaboration with MIT engineers, CSPH, and the Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology (CIMIT), his research team has developed a prototype of a simplified Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (sNPWT) device. He believes that by mentoring and training future North American leaders in the nascent academic field of global surgery and by linking this to training surgical providers in Africa, substantial advances in delivery of surgical care can be achieved.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Brigham And Women's Hospital - BWH
  • Center for Surgery and Public Health - BWH
  • Partners In Health - PIH
Lubna  Samad

Lubna Samad

Moderator

Bio

I am a pediatric surgeon with a full time appointment at the Indus Hospital in Karachi. I am currently working with a team at Indus to establish a new program in Global Surgery and expanding my work on injection safety. Currently, I am studying issues in accessing surgical care and the burden of surgical disease in the catchment population of the Indus Hospital. I am convinced the ready exchange of ideas that is essential to expand global surgery as a science will be greatly facilitated by the Global Surgery community on GHD Online.

Work Location

  • Pakistan

Organization

  • Indus Hospital
Nadine Semer

Nadine Semer

Moderator

Bio

Nadine Semer, MD, MPH, FACS is a reconstructive plastic surgeon living and working in Los Angeles. She has done medical work in rural South Africa and Malawi. More recently she has worked in Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo and has been helping with trainings for trauma medics working in Burma. In an attempt to help providers working in rural settings with no access to plastic surgeons, she has authored a text “Practical Plastic Surgery for Non-Surgeons” and a companion website www.practicalplasticsurgery.org.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Kaiser Permanente
Ann Hau

Ann Hau

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Ann Hau, MD, received a Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine. She completed an internship in surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and is currently an anesthesiology resident physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Work Location

  • United States

Organization

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - BIDMC