Exeter Global Surgery Conference

29th April 2023
RILD lecture theatre, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital


Aims and Objectives

  • To introduce delegates to the field of global surgery and inspire medical students to be advocates for change.
  • To provide an introduction to the key themes and challenges in global surgery
  • To inspire delegates to pursue careers in global surgery and to become advocates for safe, affordable and timely surgical care worldwide
  • To learn about the latest innovations in technology and the future of global surgery
  • To provide delegates with practical teaching in surgical skills
  • To provide an insight into surgical career paths and provide advice for surgical applications

Fee, Date and Venue

  • Date : 29th April 2022 (Saturday)
  • Venue : RILD lecture theatre, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • Conference Fee : £6.00 per person
  • Number of Places : 90
  • Suitable for : Medical students and Foundation year doctors 1 and 2


The Exeter Global Surgery Conference is hosted by The University of Exeter Surgical Society at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The aim of the conference is to bring delegates from the student community together and provide inspiration with regard to the different fields of surgery and a role in global surgery. The event seeks to give insight into some of the issues around Global surgery including inequities, ethics, advocacy, partnership working, and sustainability. In addition the event will highlight some of the emerging technologies and innovations which will guide the future of surgery in the global context.

The conference will provide a platform for sharing and discussing challenges and opportunities in the field and building collaborations among individuals and organisations working in global surgery. A number of surgical workshops will provide delegates with an opportunity for practical teaching.

The event seeks to provoke discussion about the future of surgery in the Global context, whilst providing an exciting and interactive day for delegates.


Professor Jag Dhanda, BSc(hons), BDS, MFDSRCS (Eng), MBBS, MRCS(Eng), PhD, FRCS(OMFS),
Founder of Virtual Reality in Medicine and Surgery (VRiMS). Oral and Maxillofacial/Head and Neck Surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital

Miss Rebekka Troller, MD, FMH
General Surgeon at Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Hanna Kaade, MD
General Surgery and Emergency Medicine Specialist. Health Advisor at German Red Cross

Professor Vikram Devaraj, MBChB, FRCS(Eng), FRCS (Plast Surg), PG Dip (Clin Ed), SFHEA
Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Nuffield Hospital, Exeter

Mr Christoph McAllen, MBChB, FRCS, BOA
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. Lead Surgeon, Trauma team at Future Health Africa.

Mr Peter Simcock, MBChB, DO, FRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust

Dr Joao Valverde, MD
Core Surgical Trainee at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Mr Rob Bethune, MA (Cantab), MBBS (hons), MSc, FRCS
Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Royal Devon University Healthcare Foundation Trust

Workshop Tutors

Professor Vikram Devaraj MB ChB, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Plast Surg), PG Dip (Clin Ed), SFHEA

Mr Benjamin Rossi, MBChB, MClinED, MRCS

Dr Joao Valverde, MD

Dr Emily Jane O’Malley, MBBS

Dr Aye Myintmo, MBBS

Dr Haider Merchant, BMBS, MSc

Dr Miriam Beattie, BMBS

Dr Taona Nyamapfene, BMBS


Miss Eleanor Priestnall
Conference Co-Lead

Miss Maria Coelho
Conference Co-Lead

Mr Harry True
Workshop Lead

Miss Lara Hogan
Exeter Surgical Society Co-President

Miss Maria Fernandese
Exeter Surgical Society Co-President

Miss Eden Leaper
Workshop Secretary

Miss Brigith Benny
Conference Co-Secretary

Mr George True
Conference Co-Secretary

Mr Muhammad Zarif Miszua Anuar
Publicity Officer

Mr Zac Harries
Publicity Officer

Mr Pablo Santander

Miss Naabil Khan
Talks Officer