GASOC 2021

18th Sep 2021
8:30am - 5:00pm (BST)
18th - 19th Sep 2021
8:30am - 5:00pm (BST)
£55 (GBP)
Not an online event
Attendance certificate available
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Cost (2 day conference)

  • Consultant: £70
  • High income country foundation doctor/ Specialty Trainee: £55
  • Medical student/ Allied healthcare professional: £20
  • Low and middle-income country delegates: Free to attend

LMIC delegates : to apply for your free ticket you must have a VERIFIED account on MedAll with your hospital/student ID or email originating from a Low or Middle Income Country as stipulated by the World Bank and fill out our online form (https://tinyurl.com/MedAll-sign-up and LMIC Form)


In 2015 the Lancet Commission for Global Surgery published a document that quantified the burden of unmet surgical need for the first time. An estimated 5 million people across the globe lack access to safe, affordable surgery and before this can be achieved an additional 2.2 million surgeons, anaesthetists and obstetricians must be trained. GASOC (Global Anaesthesia, Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration) is a trainee-led group that advocates for trainee engagement in Global Surgery. One way in which we do this is by holding an annual conference.

This year our conference theme is “The story of Global Surgery – the Past, Present and Future”. It will take place virtually from 18th-19th September 2021. The aims of this conference are to provide a background of global surgery as a specialty, outline the current challenges in tackling the inequalities in surgical care worldwide and showcasing projects that tackle these disparities. We will then be focusing on the future of global surgery such as innovative approaches in providing care and training globally and how technology may be used in the future to tackle current challenges.

Improving the safety, accessibility and affordability of surgery across the world undoubtedly requires a multidisciplinary, international and multi-focused approach. We will therefore be inviting a broad range of speakers to our conference as well as members of our partner organisations (e.g ASiT, COSECSA, the G4 Alliance) and representatives from all the surgical, anaesthetic and obstetric royal colleges. We hope that GASOC members will be encouraged when they hear of the activities of our partner organisation. Having members of the royal colleges present will provide an opportunity for them to describe their global involvement and to hear the hopes and wishes of their members when it comes to strengthening global links and training in Global Surgery.

Due to the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic we are holding the conference virtually to ensure the safety of our speakers and our members. A virtual conference has the advantage of ensuring equal engagement of delegates no matter where in the world you are based. We hope to see you then!



We would like to invite abstracts to our conference of studies or projects related to Global Health and Global Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma or Anaesthesia care (SOTA Care)

Criteria: Abstracts should be no more than 250 words

Please use the following format: TITLE, AUTHORS, AIM, METHODS, RESULTS, CONCLUSION.

  • In your submission email, please include authors' professional specialty and country of origin.
  • Abstracts should contain a statement about ethical/regulatory approval or written consent (for case reports)
  • At least one author must attend the Virtual GASOC Conference.
  • Abstracts of a high quality, publishable standard are likely to be accepted for presentation and publication in the journal Tropical Doctor.

If you have any further questions or issues submitting your abstract please email us at gasocpostersubmission@gmail.com

Submission deadline EXTENSION: 2nd August

Please CLICK HERE to access the abstract mark scheme (With CLICK HERE linking to https://0b0408a0-dd4c-4ef3-889d-614de4838f64.filesusr.com/ugd/091228_a99dd89be9594dbbb235ed8b160630b0.pdf)

SUBMIT ABSTRACT (With link to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdWOIEkz3UGg8B5Jpq1IwY9qhCrA4F4kjfHzTbLx0_KXr91hg/viewform)


Mr Matthew Doe

Matthew is a ST7 upper GI surgical registrar in the South West specialty interest in bariatrics. He will be speaking about his out of programme experience working as a one of a handful of general surgeons in Mbale, Uganda and how he secured Royal College of Surgeon Christmas appeal funding for the first surgical HDU in Eastern Uganda.

Andreas Wladis

Professor of traumatology and disaster medicine at Linkoping University, Sweden. Has worked as Chief Surgeon of the International Committee of the Red Cross and focused his career on global health research, particularly in disaster medicine and trauma.

Dr Michelle White

Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London. From 2012 – 2017 she spent 5 years working full time in various African countries with the international charity Mercy Ships, providing surgical services and medical capacity building aiming to strengthen the surgical ecosystem. Speaking about her experiences on Mercy Ships and their involvement in Medical Capacity Building.

Professor Shayne Doyle

Professor of African history. Speaking about the history of Global health and surgery

Greg Makris

Consultant in interventional radiology at Guys’ and St Thomas’ Hospitals in London. Speaking about the life-saving role of Interventional Radiology in low and middle-income countries

Jenny Lofgren

Global surgery researcher and assistant professor at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Her research is clinically oriented and designed to meet desired features of innovations in Low and Middle Income countries: Low-cost, high-quality, setting appropriate and sustainable solutions Speaking about Global Surgery as a rapidly growing field of research and how to get involved

Nadine Hachach-Haram

An NHS surgeon, lecturer, clinical entrepreneur and founder of Proximie, an augmented reality platform which improves access to expert care and to scale clinical expertise. Speaking about her experience as a leader in remote surgery.

Sonia Akrimi

Anaesthetist and research fellow in medical education. Speaking about the Global Anaesthesia Development Partnerships

Shafi Ahmed

General surgeon working in the Royal London Hospital. Speaking about the use of apps and technology in Global Surgery

Speaker Bio's

Professor Chris Lavy - Professor of Orthopaedics and Tropical Surgery, NDORMS University of Oxford

Lord Nigel Crisp - Co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health

Professor Shane Doyle - Professor of African History, University of Leeds

Professor Lewis Wall - Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Washington

Andreas Wladis - Professor of traumatology and disaster medicine at Linkoping University

Dr Keith Thomson - Retired Anaesthetist, Mercy Ships Alumni

Dr Gary Parker - Maxillofacial Surgeon and CMO of the Africa Mercy

Professor Andrew Weeks - Professor of International Maternal Health, University of Liverpool

Mr Matthew Doe - ST7 in General Surgery

Jenny Löfgren - Project Leader for Global Surgery Stockholm

Miss Chantelle Rizan - ENT Research Fellow, University Sussex NHS Trust and PhD Student

Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram - Proximie Founder and Clinical Lead for Innovation, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Professor Shafi Ahmed - Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at The Royal London Hospital and Co-Founder of Medical Realities

Dr Greg Makris - Consultant in Endovascular Surgery and Interventional Surgery, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital, London

Professor Dhananjaya Sharma - Head of Department of General Surgery, NSCB Government Medical College, Jalalpur, India

Dr Michelle White - Paediatric Cardiac Anaesthetist, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Dr Sonia Akrimi - Director of Zambia Anaesthetic Development Project

Dr Prem Johannan - Senior Specialist Surgeon, Mozambique

Mr Andy Leather - Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health

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