2019 Bethune Round Table Speaker List:


Dr. Lewis Wall

Dr. Lewis Wall

Prof. of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Washington University

Dr. Wall is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Washington University, and is actively involved in international projects aimed at improving reproductive health in developing countries. Dr. Wall’s projects range from capacity-building in the treatment of obstetric complications to improving access to menstrual hygiene products for youth in Ethiopia. Dr. Wall is especially interested in the intersections of medicine, ethics, and anthropology.



Dr. Jani Pankaj

Prof. Pankaj Jani


College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa


Prof. Pankaj Jani is the current President of the College of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Nairobi. Dr. Jani’s expertise is in Hepato-Pancreatico-Billiary and Laparoscopy Surgery, as well as therapeutic GI Endoscopy. Dr. Jani has been extensively involved with surgical training and health systems strengthening in 17 countries in the East, Central, and Southern Africa region.




Dr. Prem Yohannan

Chair, Centre for Global Surgery,

College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa


Dr. Yohannan is an orthopaedic surgeon currently working for the Ministry of Health under the Government of Mozambique and chairs the Centre for Global Surgery at the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Dr. Yohannan completed his medical specialist training in India and holds interests in joint replacements and trauma surgery.



Dr. Titus Ibekwe

Prof. Titus Ibekwe


American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology

Head and Neck Surgery Foundation


Prof. Ibekwe is an ENT surgeon and currently heads the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Abuja. Recently, Prof. Ibekwe was elected as the Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Board (IAB) of the American Academy of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAOHNSF).


Dr. Soren Otieno

Dr. Soren Otieno

Medical Superintendent

National Spinal Injury Hospital

Dr. Otieno is the medical superintendent for the National Spinal Injury Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. He has extensive clinical experience as a surgeon in Kenya.





Dr. Lydia Aziato

Dr. Lydia Aziato

Dean of Nursing

University of Ghana

Dr. Aziato has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate-level nursing. Her research interests are in pain management, cancer nursing, surgical nursing, and nursing education curriculum development.





Dr. Ambereen Sleemi

Dr. Ambereen Sleemi


Brooklyn, NY, USA

Dr. Sleemi has extensive experience working on pelvic floor disorders and obstetric fistulas across low and middle-income countries. She trained as a fistula surgeon and has worked with the U.N. Population Fund as well as Ministries of Health in Eritrea and Liberia.




Dr. Christopher Charles

Resident Physician, Anesthesiology

University of Toronto

Dr. Charles is the inventor of the “Lucky Iron Fish” project. The project uses a fish-shaped iron ingot as an innovative home-based food fortification method to improve nutritional health of iron-deficient farmers living in rural Cambodia.





Dr. Pengda Sun

Chief Surgeon, GI Nutrition and Hernia Surgery

Norman Bethune Medical College, Jilin University

Changchun, China


Dr. Sun is an expert in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. He currently practises in China, is involved in multiple national and international professional GI associations, and has previously trained at the University of Manitoba.






Dr. Deirdre Nunan

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)


Dr. Nunan is a Canadian-trained orthopaedic surgeon currently working with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), an international medical humanitarian organization that provides treatment, including surgical care, in areas of conflict, disaster, and crisis, as well as to neglected patient populations.




Dr. Edward Masson

Orthopaedic Surgeon

University of Alberta


Dr. Masson is an orthopaedic surgeon at the University of Alberta and is experienced in collaboration and partnerships of surgical initiatives in low-resource settings.