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International Surgery Desk Partnerships 

The International Surgery Desk has been developing global partnerships with organizations involved in international surgery throughout its existence. These include surgical training programs in Guyana, Uganda and Haiti. The ISD is proud to partner with organizations who share the goal of promoting and supporting the development of international surgery and global health research. Together we have organized local seminars and forums and plan to work together to promote and support international surgery initiatives in the future.

Developing Partnerships

Institutional Partnerships

International Partnerships


The lead commentary in the February 2015 issue of the Canadian Journal of Surgery is about the longstanding surgical partnership between Guyana, CAGS, and the McMaster Department of Surgery.

Over the past several years, McMaster has hosted clinical fellows Dr. Ravi MotilallDr. Carlos Martin, and Dr. Cheestanand Mahadeo. Numerous McMaster faculty and alumni have visited Guyana, resulted in many successful collaborative research projects and educational activities. Just recently, one of the first graduates of the Guyana program, Dr. Navindra Rambaran (who visited here as part of our 2010 CIHR funded research workshop) has been appointed a hospital Consultant and Department of Surgery Coordinator. Many thanks to all who have been and continue to be involved in Guyana.

Recent activity

  • Help raise funds for the new Pediatric Ward at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. A link to the organization's website is below. 

    Guyana Help the Kids


McMaster has a longstanding partnership with Uganda through the St. Joseph's International Outreach Program (SJIOP). In 2011, Dr. Cameron visited Kampala, Makerere and Gulu with the SJIOP team (March 2011 newsletter). Since then we have welcomed Ugandan surgical visitors to Hamilton including Dr. Sam Kaggwa (Sept 2011 newsletter), Dr. Sister Margaret Ajiko (June 2012 newsletter), Dr. John Sekabira (Fall 2013 newsletter), and a large group at the 2012 Side By Side conference (Winter 2013 newsletter). Kampala hepatobiliary surgeon Dr. Olivia Kituuka spent a month in June-July 2014 at the Juravinski Hospital and attended a CMAS course. (Dr. Kituuka's report here). Dr. Phyllis Kisa visited here in June 2015. Dr. Marcaccio and Dr. Cameron will be visiting Uganda in September 2015.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brad Petrisor and the MacOrtho group are now regular visitors to Kampala, and a number of our surgical residents have done electives in Uganda over the past several years.

Our future plans include further development of surgical training collaborations at Makerere and Gulu. Stay tuned and contact Dr. Brian Cameron if you would like to be involved.

Recent Activity

  • Dr. Jean Chamberlain, an obstetrician/gynecologist at McMaster, founded Save the Mothers in 2005. Save the Mothers is an international organiztion that equips professionals from a wide array of disciplines in developing countries to improve the health of mothers and babies.



Dr. Alez Dauphin, a native Haitian and anesthesiologist at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and Dr. Brad Petrisor, an orthopedic surgeon at Hamilton General Hospital, lead the Hamilton Health Sciences connection with surgeons in Haiti as members of the St. Joseph's International Outreach Program (SJIOP).


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