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Live Sept. 22: Mitigating Cardiothoracic Surgical Global Health Disparities: A CTSNet ‘World Hall’ Discussion

Tuesday, September 22, 2020



Register now for this live event! CTSNet is pleased to host a global live event addressing the widespread disparities in accessing cardiothoracic surgical care, which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought into even sharper relief.

Co-moderators Dr David Cooke of UC Davis Health and Dr Jacques Kpodonu of Harvard Medical School will be joined by an esteemed panel of international guests, who will tackle, among other topics, the role of humanitarian missions and NGOs in enhancing access to cardiothoracic surgery and the challenges of initiating cardiothoracic surgery programs in developing countries.

This live event will discuss:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa : Opportunity and Challenges
  • A Call to Action for African Cardiac And Thoracic Clinical Registries
  • Role of Humanitarian Missions in Strengthening National Health Systems: The Rwanda Model
  • Role of NGOs in Cardiac Surgery Missions
  • Triumphs and Tribulations in Starting a Global Thoracic Surgery Program in Your Home Community

Immediately following the presentations, there will be a panel discussion focusing on overall themes and similarities in global health disparities.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 10:00 am Central (US)

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David Tom Cooke, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Head, Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Vice Chair for Faculty, Development & Wellness
UC Davis Health
Sacramento, CA

Jacques Kpodonu, MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachusetts


Dr R. Morton Bolman III, MD
Professor of Surgery
University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado

Dr Emily Farkas, MD, FACS

Chief of Cardiac Surgery
Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Medical Center
Associate Professor of Surgery, Associate Director of Global Health in Surgery
Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Dr John DeGraft-Johnson
Heart & Vascular Institute of North Florida
Tallahassee, Florida

Dr Frank Edwin, MB

University of Health & Allied Sciences
National Cardiothoracic Centre
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Accra, Ghana

Kathleen N. Fenton, MD, MS

William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance
Deputy Branch Chief, Advanced Technologies and Surgery Branch
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Affiliated Scholar, Department of Bioethics, Clinical Center
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Bethesda, Maryland

Dr Dominique Vervoort

Founder, InciSioN - International Student Surgical Network
MPH/MBA Graduate Student
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
Baltimore, Maryland