Open Heart Surgery (OHS) in Africa – Guests

The following are invited speakers at the Conference:

Prénom : N'Gou Pierre
Ministre de la Santé, de l’Hygiène publique, et de la Couverture-Maladie Universelle, République de Côte d’Ivoire
Ingénieur Génie civil - Spécialiste en Infrastructures et Équipements,
Expert en gestion de projets et programme de développement international, développement urbain et décentralisation 

 2017 - 2021:   Directeur Général de l’AGEROUTE
 2008 - 2017 :   Coordonnateur de plusieurs Projets et programmes d’Infrastructures et Equipements de Côte d’Ivoire sur financement de la  Banque mondiale

 Distinctions : 	
    • Super prix de la gouvernance des Entreprises publiques de Côte d'Ivoire (AGEROUTE), édition 2019, organisé par le Ministère en charge du portefeuille de l'état, 1er prix de la performance économique et financière.
    • Meilleur Manager dans le secteur des routes en l’Afrique de l’ouest décerné par Africa Managers à Washington, édition 2018
    • Trophée Babacar N'DIAYE du meilleur bâtisseur « Africa Road Builders » en juin 2019 à Malabo en Guinée Equatoriale en marge des Assemblées annuelles de la BAD 
    • Grand prix Diamant 2019 du PRIX PANAFRICAIN DES LEADERS « PADEL » décerné par Nova Afrique en octobre 2019 à Casablanca au Maroc. 
Honorary President of 2022 AATCVS Conference  

Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina is the 8th elected President of the African Development Bank Group. He was first elected to the position on May 28, 2015 by the Bank’s Board of Governors at its Annual Meetings held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Dr Adesina is a globally renowned development economist and agricultural development expert, with more than 30 years of international experience.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria, in 1981. He was the first student to obtain a First Class Honours in Agricultural Economics in the history of the university. He holds a master’s degree (1985) and a PhD in Agricultural Economics (1988) from Purdue University, USA, where he won the Outstanding PhD thesis award for that year.

Dr Adesina won the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Social Science Fellowship in 1988, which launched him into his international career.
A bold reformer, as Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria from 2011-2015, Dr Adesina turned the agriculture sector of Nigeria around within four years. Under his tenure, Nigeria ended 40 years of corruption in the fertiliser sector by developing and implementing an innovative electronic wallet system, which directly provides farmers with subsidised farm inputs at scale using their mobile phones.

Within the first four years of its launch, this electronic wallet system reached 15 million farmers, dramatically transforming their lives. The electronic wallet system has now gone global and is currently being implemented in Afghanistan and several African countries.
A firm believer in private sector-led growth, Dr Adesina radically changed the perception of agriculture in Nigeria from that of subsistence to a viable business that successfully attracted $5.6 billion in private sector investments.

He also led financing initiatives to support youth engagement in agriculture and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Ultimately, under his leadership, Nigeria’s food production expanded by an additional 21 million metric tonnes. 

Prior to his appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Dr Adesina was the Vice President (Policy and Partnerships) of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he led several bold and innovative policy and finance initiatives that leveraged over $4 billion in Bank finance commitments to Africa’s agriculture sector. 

Working with African Heads of State and Ministers of Finance, leaders in the commercial banking industry and Central Bank Governors across several African countries, Dr Adesina successfully led one of the largest global efforts to leverage domestic bank finance for the agricultural sector. 
Prior to joining AGRA in 2008, he had served as Associate Director and Regional Director for the Southern Africa Office of the Rockefeller Foundation for over a decade.

Dr Adesina was Principal Economist for the West Africa Rice Development Association (1990-1995), Senior Economist and Social Science Coordinator for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (1995-1998) and Assistant Principal Economist of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (1988-1990). 

A prolific writer, Dr Adesina has authored over 70 scholarly publications on policy, agricultural development and African development issues.
He is a globally respected economist and has served as the President of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, as well as on the Editorial Board of several academic journals, including the International Journal of Agricultural Economists. He was awarded the Outstanding Black Agricultural Economist Award by the American Association of Agricultural Economists. He was a Distinguished Africanist Scholar at Cornell University, USA.

Professor Stanley Okolo, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, is the Director General of West African Health Organisation (WAHO). He graduated from the University of Nigeria, had postgraduate medical training in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Canada, and spent the vast majority of his professional career in England before being nominated in March 2018 to head WAHO as one of Nigeria's Statutory Appointees to the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS). An award winning leader, clinical academic and executive coach, Professor Okolo has had key regional and international leadership roles in healthcare, academic partnerships, and professional organisations. He has a PhD from the University of London, a professorship at University College London, and numerous scientific publications to his name.

At WAHO, Prof Okolo has led a transformative agenda focused on five thematic areas (maternal & child health, pharmaceuticals, quality standards, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and health information) underpinned by improving capacity, strengthening networks and enhancing sustainability across the region. WAHO is now globally recognised as the pre-eminent inter-governmental health body in West Africa, as evidenced by the robust support of international partners and governments to the organisation’s acclaimed regional coordination efforts during the 2020-2021 Covid-19 pandemic.

Stanley advocates using constructive disruption to accelerate health improvements, and believes that to be successful, health intervention programs in developing countries should address the wider issues of
health and well-being as well as illness and disease.

Professor Koffi Herve YANGNI-ANGATE, MD (Thesis in Anatomy)
Global MBA in Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development
Project  Manager of  the construction of the Heart Institute of Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire
Pediatric and Adult Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Surgeon
Coordinator, Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular surgery Fellowship program,
University Alassane Ouattara of Bouake, Côte d’Ivoire
President, African Association of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons.
He became Professor  in 1996, Co-Founder (1997) and Vice-Dean (1997-2003) of  Bouake University  Medical  School,  University of Bouake ( Côte d’Ivoire), and is  the Founder of the Department of Anatomy, Bouake University  Medical School ( Côte d’Ivoire).  

Since 1997, he is Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery , Bouake  Teaching  Hospital and University of Bouake,Cote d’Ivoire and  in  2021 he was nominated Coordinator of the Fellowship program in Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular  surgery  at University Alassane Ouattara of Bouake ,Côte d’Ivoire.

From 2005 to 2010, he was the Director of the University College of,Korhogo (Côte d’Ivoire) and the pioneer of the transformation of the University College of Korhogo to a complete University.

Prof. Koffi Herve Yangni-Angate is a Founding Father of the World Society for Pediatric and Congenital  Heart  Surgery (WSPCHS) (2006), of the African Association of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons(2004), and of the African Society of Morphology (2005). 

He was Member of the Founding Governing Council of the WSPCHS (2007-2011), a Bellagio Commissioner for Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and Member of the Interim  Board of Directors of the G4 Alliance.
He is a Fellow of the West African College ofSurgeons (WACS) (1993), of the International Society of Surgery(1998), of the International College of Surgeons(2000), of the American College of Healthcare Trustees(2018).
 He was President of the WACS  (2013-2015). He laid the Foundation of the permanent secretariat building of the WACS in 2014 and  was  elected President of the Pan-African Association of Surgeons(2015-2017).
He is the Founding President of the African Association ofThoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons (2005), Founding  President of the Ivorian Society of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgeons (2008).
He is author of numerous  publications in Ivorian and International medical  scientific peer-reviewed journals regarding Cardio-Vascular and Thoracic Diseases, and Heart Anatomy.
He is Member of Editorial Board of several  scientific  journals worldwide  as of the World Journal for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and Managing Director of the African Annals of Thoracic and Cardio-vascular Surgery and of the African Journal of Bioethics and Medical Ethics

Distinguished Professor Mac Aghaji , FAC, FACC, FAMED, FAS
African regional representative - International Society of Cardiothoracic surgeons
Professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery—University of Nigeria
Former Vice-chancellor –University of Health sciences Otukpo
Immediate Past President Of Nigeria Cardiac Society
Fellow of the Academy Of Sciences, Fellow Academy of Medicine
Fellowship in Congenital Heart Surgery, from the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, of University of Wisconsin
Specialized in Adult and Pediatric Heart Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Liver Surgery, Kidney Transplantation and Nuclear Medicine.
In the area of open heart surgery, Professor Aghaji has studied extensively the complex methods and worked on simplifying these, such that they could be adapted in an undeveloped country like Nigeria. The preference for materials like artificial heart valves and vascular grafts which are best suited for a developing economy, were studied and characterized.
He is the first in Nigeria, to successfully replace the mitral valve (1986), first to replace the aortic valve (1987) , first to perform total correction of teratology of Fallot—the difficult blue-baby syndrome, and double valve replacement (1992). He has continued to maintain the open and close Heart Surgical programme in Nigeria despite all odds. He has successfully trained over 20 cardiothoracic surgeons from different parts of the country and African sub region-from Egypt, Ghana, Ondo, Kwara, Edo, Nassarawa, Cross River, Rivers, Enugu and Anambra States.
There is no doubt that it is, inter alia, in recognition of this contribution to the field of open heart surgery in Nigeria, that the Federal Government designated UNTH a National Centre of Excellence for Cardiothoracic Surgery in 1987.

MARK NELSON AWORI is a Paediatric and congenital cardiac surgery; Research and teaching FELLOW OF THE COLLEGES OF SURGEONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN AFRICA; Consultant Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgeon (Nairobi); Head of Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac Surgery Unit at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital (Nairobi)

Dr Baba Ibrahima Diarra                 
Chirurgien Thoracique et cardio vasculaire, 
Diplômé de l'Université Cheick Anta Diop de Dakar                 
Membre de l'Académie Africaine de Chirurgie cardiaque pédiatrique et congénitale. Chef de service du centre cardio-pédiatrique André Festoc de Bamako

Peter Donkor is Professor/Consultant Oral/Maxillofacial Surgeon at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Ghana, He is President of the West African College of Surgeons.His past leadership positionsatKNUST include Pro Vice-Chancellor; Director of the Office of Grants and Research; Provost, College of Health Sciences; Vice Dean, School of Medicine and Dentistry and Head, Department of Surgery.
Other past external leadership roles include: President Ghana Cleft Foundation, President, African Forum for Research and Education in Health (AFREhealth); President Pan African Association for Cleft Lip and Palate and President Ghana Surgical Research Society. He serves on a number of national and international committees/boards of business concerns, NGOs, regulatory bodies, associations and academic institutions.
As a researcher, he has won multiple externally funded grants, and mentored generations of clinicians and junior faculty to obtain MPH/PhD degrees and professional Fellowships. He has spearheaded the development of cleft lip and palate, oral cancer and emergency medical services in Ghana and Africa; and online open educational resources (OER) .at KNUST
His research interests include cleft lip and palate, oral cancer, injury control, global surgery, research administration and medical education. He has to his credit multiple peer-reviewed scientific publications.

Joel Dunning, MD, 
Consultant Thoracic Surgeon,
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery 
James Cook University Hospital 
I am a surgeon with an interest in Thoracic surgery, and lung cancer surgery and particularly VATS lobectomy and Thymectomy, the Nuss procedure, rib plating and chest wall surgery. I hope that some of my patients will find this website helpful. 


Chirurgie vasculaire, chirurgie cardiaque pédiatrique, chirurgie cardiaque adulte
Chirurgien cardiovasculaire/ CHU de Brazzaville ,  Université Marien N’GOUABI,   Brazzaville  (Congo)

Prof. Alexandre KOKOUA, MD., FWACM, FWACS, FICS. 
President, Founding-Father, African Society of Morphology 
African Federation Secretary, International College of Surgeons
Member, Scientific Committee of Pan African Urological Surgeons' Association (PAUSA) 
Member, Norman Academy, Doctor Honoris Causa, Management of Human Resource, Univ. RUGGERIO II, Roma, ITALIA

Jacques Kpodonu is a cardiovascular  surgeon / NIH funded scientist with interests in global cardiac surgery capacity development, global health system innovation , addressing rheumatic heart disease ,use of simulation in training next generation of cardiovascular specialists . He is  a surgery faculty member at  Harvard Medical School and an adjunct professor of surgery at the University of Health &Allied Sciences, HO /Ghana . Dr. Kpodonu is NI interests lie in biomedical discoveries, modernizing the operating room via novel design and growing the global capacity of cardiac surgeons especially in emerging countries with his work in global cardiac surgery. He is the editor of the newly released textbook "Global Cardiac Surgery Capacity Development in Low and Middle Income Countries ". Dr. Kpodonu holds leadership positions with the Society Thoracic Surgeons and the American College of Cardiology. 

David Levien, MD, MBA, FACS is President and CEO and Board Chairman of The American College of Healthcare Trustees. Dave practiced clinical surgery for 33 years, 20 of which were as Chairman of Surgery and 12 as Program Director of a Surgical Residency. He has served as a Member of The Board of Directors of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia County Medical Society, Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services of Walnut Creek, California, and The Chamber of Commerce of Pleasant Hill, California, and The Shore Acres Point Corporation of Mamaroneck, N.Y. 
He has been President of The Baltimore Academy of Surgery and The Pennsylvania Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He has been Vice President of The Academy of Surgery of Philadelphia and Vice President of the national society, The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
He has patented a medical device, published 3 surgical books and multiple papers, and achieved the faculty rank of Clinical Professor of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College and Professor of Clinical Surgery, New York Medical College. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins, his MD from Georgetown (cum laude), and MBA from University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. He has been Board Certified in both general and colorectal surgery and held a certificate of special qualification is surgical critical care. He is a certified physician executive (CPE).

Emmanuel Malabo Makasa

Professor Emmanuel Malabo Makasa is an Adjunct Professor of Global Surgery and the founding director of the Southern Africa Development Community’s University of Witwatersrand Regional Collaboration Centre for Surgical Healthcare Improvement (WitSSurg). He chairs the regional SADC technical experts working group on surgical healthcare and he is a strong advocate for surgical healthcare improvement within health systems strengthening. He has mobilised and coordinated multiple state and none-state actor stakeholders within the United Nations Systems, the Global Health community, within clinical care, and within the social-development ecosystems around surgical systems improvement. He has presented on and published about safe, equitable and affordable universal access to emergency care, critical care and operative care services in Surgery, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia healthcare under the ubrella of Universal Health Coverage(SDG No .3) and in Emergency Preparedness and Response, in line with the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Professor Makasa is a consultant and Global Health diplomat active on the global, regional, national and sub-national platforms advancing surgical healthcare policy formulation, integration and analysis, surgical healthcare programing and service delivery. He currently supports the sixteen SADC Member States and has previouly supported and worked with the World Health Organisation (WHO), including the European Investment Bank (EIB). He previouly served as the Republic of Zambia’s Health Attaché
at the United Nations in Geneva and Vienna (2012-2017) during which time he chaired and led negotiations resulting in resolution WHA67.15, WHA68.15 and Decision WHA70(22). He was technical coordinator of the “Geneva African Health Experts” - Health Attachés from the African Union’s Permanent Missions at the UN in Geneva for the year 2014, where he supported the
mobilisation and coodination of the international response agaist Ebola in West Africa.

Prof. Emmanuel Malabo Makasa has senior health systems management experience, having served as Director Holding attached to Health and Wellness in the Public Service Management Division, in the Office of the President of the Republic of Zambia; he has served as Assistant Registrar Licensure of the Health Professionals Council of Zambia and before that as Deputy Director responsible for Emergency Health Services at the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia. Prof. Emmanuel Malabo Makasa is a practicing clinician – a consultant Orthopaedics & Trauma surgeon for the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Zambia, based at the University Teaching Hospitals, with interests in musculoskeletal health for children and adolescents.

Professionally, he serves as Honorary Lecturer in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery for the University of Zambia, School of Medicine. He is a honorary Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East Central & Southern Africa (COSECSA). He also currently serves as a member of the World Health Organisations Expert Advisory Panel on Surgical Care and Anaesthesia (2019-2022); as a member of the Advisory Board of the Pan African  Association of Surgeons (PAAS), a member of the Board of Trustees of the
Lusaka Orthopaedics Research & Education Trust (LORET) and he serves on the Executive Board of Africa Directions (AD) - a community based Lusaka NGO. Prof. Makasa is a member of the Leadership Team of the Global Surgery Foundation (GSF) and he previously served as a member of the Lancet
Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS). He was the Secretary General of the Zambia Medical Association (2007-2008) and the Secretary General of the Surgical Society of Zambia (2006-2007). He was a Visiting Scholar (2018) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS); the Hugh Greenwood
Speaker (2017) at the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and the A J Orenstein Lecturer (2017) at the University of Witwatersrand.

Professor Emmanuel Malabo Makasa was a Fulbright Scholar in Global Public Health Epidemiology (2007-2009) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He is the COSECSA Rahima Dawood Travelling Fellow for the year 2020/21.

Dr. Aubyn Marath MBBS MS FRCSEd
Pediatric & Adult Cardiothoracic Surgeon
President, CardioStart International

Born and educated in London, UK); he then went on to study Medicine at The Royal London Hospital, (University of London, UK). He represented the university first, as General Secretary of the Student Union, then as President of the London Medical Group (an ethical society).  He was editor of a student information journal until he qualified in medicine.  In sport, he has represented The Royal London Hospital rowing club and The Queen’s Club, England, in Tennis.

Following a full adult and pediatric general surgical training, he then completed training in heart and lung surgery, specializing in both adult and children’s problems.  During 1986-8, he conducted a scientific clinical research study into problems encountered in children's heart surgery at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith, UK, and was subsequently awarded Master of Surgery, degree - conferred by the University of London. His training and clinical experience has included The Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street, Guy’s hospital in London, & Dr. Albert Starr’s unit in Oregon, where he was Visiting Professor.  He gained further specialist pediatric cardiac training in the neonatal switch procedure at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, (the busiest and largest unit in the Southern Hemisphere).   First-hand medical war experience has been obtained when he was invited to set up a heart surgery unit in the Iran-Iraq war in 1987-8. 

He undertook a year’s commitment directing research in the xeno-transplantation unit in Alberta, Canada, and supported the investigation into new immuno-suppressants for future heart transplantation.  During his career he has actively been involved in heart transplantation programs in four locations.  Dr. Marath was an instructor for the American Trauma Society, while on faculty at the University of South Florida; currently he is a regular invitee as an ATLS Instructor for the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA.  

CardioStart International, is a charity that he had conceived in 1987, which sets up heart surgical units and provides free instruction and initiation of children’s adult heart and lung surgery to underdeveloped countries seeking assistance.  Utilizing the support of colleagues from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere, volunteer teams representing CardioStart International Inc., have started or helped develop cardiac and intensive care units in 105 visits to 39 countries, and during the last 25 years has sent 44 shipping containers of donations of usable medical equipment valued at over $60 million.
From 2007-2012, he was a faculty member of Oregon Health and Sciences University.  Dr. Marath is an STS and WSPCHS member, and contributes as a guest editorial reviewer for The Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, Cardiology in the Young and the WSPCHS.

Hon. Keith Martin MD, PC
Twitter: @keithmartinmd

Dr. Martin is the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), based in Washington, DC. 
Between 1993-2011, he served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding in British Columba. He held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health and served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council.  His primary areas of interest are global health, foreign policy, international development, conservation and the environment. 
Dr. Martin has been on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis, practiced as a physician on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war and has travelled widely in Africa. He spent many years volunteering on conservation efforts in South Africa. 
He has authored more than 170 published editorial pieces and has appeared frequently as a commentator on television and radio.

Professeur LY Mohamedou, 

Après des études médicales en Tunisie sanctionnées en 2001 par un diplôme de spécialité en chirurgie thoracique et cardio vasculaire, le Professeur LY a passé 19 années comme chirurgien cardiaque Sénior d’abord en chirurgie cardiaque adulte puis dans le service des cardiopathies congénitales et pédiatriques au centre chirurgical Marie Lannelongue à Paris en France.

Depuis mai 2020, il est nommé Adjoint au chef du Département des Cardiopathies Congénitales et Pédiatriques et il est Chirurgien Responsable du service de Chirurgie au CHU de Nantes en France.

Après avoir participé, en première ligne avec l’International Children’s Heart Fund du Professeur Angelo Thomas PEZZELLA à la première intervention à cœur ouvert en Mauritanie le 4 novembre 2002, le professeur LY créa la Fondation Mauritanienne du Cœur en 2007 puis l’Association Française du Cœur pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest en 2013 permettant la prise en charge de plusieurs centaines de patients en Afrique

Charles Mve Mvondo, MD
- Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery
Cardiac Center of Shisong
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic General Hospital Shisong, Kumbo, Cameroon
- Assistant Lecturer,
Department of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Douala, Douala, Cameroon
- Medical School graduate,
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
- Residency Program in Cardiac Surgery,
University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
- Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, San Donato, Milan, Italy

William M. Novick, M.D., M.S., is the Paul Nemir, Jr., M.D., Professor of Surgery and International Child Health at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a member of the Global Surgical Institute and Steering Committee Member of the Center for Multicultural and Global Health at UTHSC. Dr. Novick has been an active advocate and participant in overcoming the disparities in pediatric cardiac care since joining UTHSC in 1993 . He founded 2 separate non-profits to provide pediatric cardiac care to children in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) and has operated in over 30 countries and 50 institutions. Dr. Novick obtained his  MD and MS degrees from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and his general surgical residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, his cardiothoracic residency and congenital cardiac surgical fellowship we completed at the University of Alabama in Birmingham under Drs. JW Kirklin and AD Pacifico. Since 2001 Dr. Novick has served full-time as the Nemir Professor providing pediatric cardiac care and education to individuals in LMIC. His research interests are in pulmonary hypertension in congenital heart disease, healthcare improvement in LMIC, ethics in cardiac surgical global initiatives and quality improvement in pediatric cardiac care in LMIC. Dr. Novick’s work in LMIC has been featured on Good Morning America, The Doctors, National Geographic, Men’s Journal and Memphis Magazine. He has received 4 Presidential Medals from Croatia, Belarus, Ukraine and Nicaragua. He lives in Memphis with his wife Elizabeth and son Jackson who is his youngest of 5 children. 

Dr. Uvie Onakpoya FWACS, C.CTh
Senior lecturer at the Obafemi Awolowo University and Consultant Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeon at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile- Ife.
Dr Onakpoya graduated from the University of Benin medical school in 1996 and completed his general surgery residency at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in 2005. He had his training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the Alexandria University, Egypt between 2006 and 2008 and was appointed Consultant Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Ile- Ife in 2009. He received subspecialty training in congenital heart surgery from the Edmond J Safra International Congenital Heart Centre at the Sheba medical centre, Israel and KIMS Hospital, India. His team at Biket medical centre, Osogbo performed the first open heart surgery in a private hospital in West Africa in August 2013 and also pioneered open heart surgery at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile- Ife in April 2016. His practice covers the care of patients especially children with congenital and acquired heart disease. He has authored over 45 scientific articles in peer- reviewed journal.
He is a member of several societies including the Nigerian Thoracic Society, Nigerian Cardiac Society, Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeons of Nigeria and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. His passion is the development of viable paediatric cardiac surgical centres across Nigeria and as the current President of ACTSON, he led a team in November 2021 to perform the first local cardiac mission surgeries at the Usman DanFodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto where successful open heart surgeries were conducted on 2 children. He is married to Oluwatoyin, a Consultant Vitreo-retinal surgeon and they have four children.

Professeur Titulaire 
Chirurgie Thoracique et Vasculaire
Chef de Département de Chirurgie à la Faculté de Médecine de Libreville
Président du Comité pédagogique de la Faculté de Médecine de Libreville
Chef de Département de Chirurgie du Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Libreville
Président de la Société Gabonaise de Chirurgie (SOGACHIR)
Vice-Président de l’Association Africaine des Chirurgiens Thoraciques et Cardio-Vasculaires (AACTCV)
Secrétaire Général de la Société de Chirurgie d’Afrique Centrale (SOCAC)
Rédacteur-en-Chef des Annales Africaines de Chirurgie Thoracique et Cardio-Vasculaire (AACTCV)
Rédacteur-en-Chef de la Revue de Chirurgie d’Afrique Centrale (RECAC)

Kee B. Park, MD, MPH Director of Policy and Advocacy Program in Global Surgery and Social Change Lecturer, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Harvard Medical School. 
Dr. Park practiced private neurosurgery for 12 years in the US before spending the next decade teaching neurosurgery in Nepal, Ethiopia, Cambodia, and North Korea.  He then returned to the US to obtain his MPH at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He joined the faculty of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change in 2016 where he leads the policy and advocacy aspects of global surgery as well as the global neurosurgery initiative. 

Dr Adama Sawadogo
Chirurgien cardiovasculaire au CHU de Tengandogo
Assistant à l’université Joseph KI-ZERBO
Etudes médicales et chirurgie générale : université Joseph KI-ZERBO, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Formation en chirurgie cardiaque : cliniques universitaires Saint Luc de Bruxelles (Belgique), Queen Elisabeth Hospital de Birmingham (Royaume Uni), CHNU de Fann à Dakar (Sénégal), CHU de Clermont-Ferrand (France) et Institut du cœur Alain Carpentier de Ho Chi Minh Ville (Vietnam).
Pratique quotidienne : chirurgie cardiaque congénitale, chirurgie cardiaque de l’adulte, chirurgie vasculaire ; enseignement et recherche.

Pr. SOSSO Maurice  Aurélien
Professeur des  Universités
Recteur  de  l’Université  de  Yaoundé I
Président  du  Comité  Consultatif Général du  CAMES
Président  des  Jurys  de  la  Section Chirurgie du  CAMES
Président  de  l’Association Camerounaise  de  Chirurgie
Commandeur  de  l’Ordre Internationale des  Palmes Académiques/CAMES
Officier  de  la  légion  d’Honneur Française

Associate Professor of Surgery, Cardiothoracic Division, University of Ghana Medical School, Department of Surgery, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Head of Department of Surgery, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra
Member, Ethical and Protocol Review Committee, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana
Reviewer for a number of peer review Journals.
Personal Statement
I am a cardiothoracic surgeon by training with over 15 years of experience. My training as a cardiothoracic surgeon has been mainly at the National Cardiothoracic Center Accra, Ghana. I qualified as a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons in 2002 after successfully passing the final Part II of the West African College of Surgeons Examination – Cardiothoracic Surgery. I was in the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2005 for an observership training. I also trained in Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery in the University Teaching Hospital, Thoracic Surgery Unit, Freiburg, Germany in 2007.
Since my qualification, I have been practicing as a cardiothoracic surgeon and was appointed a consultant in 2007 by the Ministry of Health. My field of practice include surgery for congenital heart diseases –( patent ductus arteriosus, atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defects, atrioventricular defects, tetralogy of fallots and double outlet right ventricle) and surgery for acquired heart diseases both in children and adults ( e.g. valve replacement and repair surgery). In the area of thoracic surgery I have done several cases of lung resections and esophageal surgeries. The others are chest wall resections and resection of mediastinal tumors. My research areas are clinical and are based on management and outcome of cases treated in the different subspecialties in cardiothoracic surgery. My special interest is in surgery for corrosive pharyngoesophageal strictures. I have developed an innovative procedure for severe pharyngoesophageal strictures which I termed “ Colo-flap augmentation pharyngoesophagoplasty” This procedure helps to improve outcome in patients with severe intractable pharyngoesophageal strictures.
I am currently involved in the design and the proposal to establish a cardiovascular registry for the National Cardiothoracic Centre. Assessment of chest pain in our major hospitals now is perceived as sub-standard in our quest to promote good health care. Sponsored by Medtronic Company Ltd, and as the principal investigator, we have carried out a survey to evaluate the assessment of chest pain in two major hospitals in Ghana. We have come out with an article submitted to the Tropical Doctor which was accepted and yet to be published.

Martin Georg VELLER, MB.Bch, FCS(SA), M.Med (Surg.)
Current Position: Consultant: Wits Health Consortium
(Jan 2021 – present)
Previous Positions:
Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
(July 2014 – Dec 2020)
Academic Head: Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand and Vascular Surgical Units, Johannesburg teaching hospitals.
(Nov 2001 – Feb 2013)
Professor and Head: Vascular Surgical Units, Johannesburg teaching hospitals. Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand
(Aug 1991 – June 2014)
Chairperson: South African Committee of Medical Deans
(October 2016 – December 2018)
Professional Registrations:
World Federation of Vascular Societies Founding Secretary-General: 2007 – 2011; 
Councilor for Southern Africa: 2007 – present; 
President 2013-14; 
Past-president 2014-15;
Southern African Chapter of the International of Vascular Societies President: 2004-2006;
European Society for Vascular Surgery (1996 - 2014);
Southern African Chapter of the International Union of Angiology: 
President 2003-2006;
South African Medical Association (1998 – 2014); 
National councilor and member of the board of directors: 2001-2005;
Medical and Dental Board of the Health Professions Council of South Africa: Member of the Board (2015 – present);
- Google Scholar: 3893; h-index: 26
- Scopus: 1959; h-index: 20

Dominique Vervoort, MD, is a Belgian doctor and current MPH/MBA dual degree student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Dominique completed the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. His research focus and expertise include National Surgical, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Planning and the expansion of cardiac surgery services in low- and middle-income countries. 
Dominique has introduced the academic concept of global cardiac surgery to literature and established the Global Cardiac Surgery Initiative to advocate for the nearly six billion people worldwide without access to cardiac surgical care. To date, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the fields of global surgery and cardiac surgery.
Dominique is Co-Founder, Past Chair, and current Trustee of InciSioN - International Student Surgical Network, the world's largest global surgery trainee organization worldwide with over 5,000 members in over 80 countries. He serves as a Board Member for the Global Alliance for Rheumatic and Congenital Hearts, Permanent Council Member for the G4 Alliance, and co-Founder of the Gender Equity Initiative in Global Surgery. Dominique has written widely on inequity and gender disparities within global health, and has been featured in the New York Times, the BMJ, JAMA, Al Jazeera, Devex, and leading surgery journals.

Dr. Ajit Yoganathan
Member National Academy of Engineering
Emeritus Regents’ Professor and the Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Faculty Chair 
Wallace H. Coulter School of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University

For over 45 years Dr. Ajit Yoganathan has been a pioneer in basic and translational cardiovascular research, especially experimental and computational fluid mechanics as it pertains to artificial heart valves, the whole heart, and congenital heart diseases.  His work involves the use of optical techniques such as laser Doppler velocimetry, digital particle image velocimetry, and clinical tools such as cardiac ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging to non-invasively study and quantify blood flow patterns and parameters in the cardiovascular system, both on the bench and in vivo. In his effort to take an interdisciplinary and translational approach to his research, Dr. Yoganathan has established collaborations with clinicians, scientists, and industry professionals world-wide and has played an important role in the development of U.S. and international standards for cardiovascular devices as Chair of the Cardiovascular Sub-Committee (SC2), International Standards Organization Technical Committee (TC 150) on Implants for Surgery since 2005. He has published over 40 book chapters and 450 peer reviewed articles in leading scientific journals; has given over 300 invited talks around the world; has more than 20 issued patents; and has mentored more than 50 doctoral students, 35 masters’ students, and 40 post-doctoral trainees. Dr. Yoganathan has received a number of high honors and awards including membership to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, the ASME H. R. Lissner Award in Bioengineering; the ASEE Theo Pilkington Award for Biomedical Engineering Education; the BMES Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lectureship Award; the AIMBE Professional Impact Award for Education; and the Heart Valve Society’s Inaugural HVS Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also a Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), an Honorary Fellow of the American Association of Thoracic Surgery (AATS), and a Fellow of both the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASEE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). 
It is noteworthy to mention that since 1975, all prosthetic heart valves implanted in the U.S. – more than two dozen valve designs - have been studied and evaluated in Dr. Yoganathan’s Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics lab.