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

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 David Cooke, MD of UC Davis Health and Jacques Kpodonu, MD 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


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

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

John B. deGraft-Johnson, MD, FACS
Assistant Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
First California Physician's Partners
Doctors Medical Center
Modesto, CA

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

Dominique Vervoort, MD

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