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Sister Surgeons

22 EpisodesProduced by Lauri Romanzi & Sohier ElneilWebsite

Share our adventures as we explore what it means to join forces with colleagues and champions across the globe as teachers; as life-long seekers of knowledge, wisdom, and truth; as champions of equity, and as women. With jokes. Support this podcast:

22 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Ep22: Dr. Tahir Ghaznavi - Our Man in Afghanistan - updates us on the Taliban, 1 million Afghan children starving to death, and Afghan immigrants stuck in Uganda

October 15th, 2021


Afghan refugees stuck in Uganda en route to USA, Pakistani flight fees out of Kabul up from 150 USD to 2,500 USD, the insurmountable Afghan winter …

Ep18: Florence Belleghem of One.Surgery shares her perspective on anaesthesia and the decolonization of global health

September 30th, 2021


Florence Van Belleghem, MD, is an Anesthesia Resident in Belgium who has seen the good, bad and the ugly of global health work in her volunteer …

Ep21: Calling all students! Meet Tufts Medical Student Anusha Jayaram - the U.S. Co-Chair of the Global Surgery Students Alliance

September 21st, 2021


Searching for a role model who can show you how to Stay in Your Lane while simultaneously accelerating gender equity in surgery and the …

Ep20: Dr. Tahir Ghaznavi shares hopes & fears for women & girls of Afghanistan - feat. Guest co-host Midwife Dr. Pandora Hardtman

September 7th, 2021


An Afghan national, Dr. Tahir Ghaznavi shares his unvarnished, insider perspective on the impact of the US withdrawal on women and girls in Afghanistan with Lauri and guest co-host Dr. Pandora Hardtman. Pandora is an …

Ep19: Honorary Sister Mark Shrime on health & financial risk in rich and poor countries

August 31st, 2021


Rwanda has better health insurance- Mutuelle de Sante - than the United States where citizens live in constant, birth-to-death risk of catastrophic health expenditure. Yes, America, we're talking about you. In this …

Ep 17:Infection Prevention on Planet Earth with Dr. Unarose Hogan

August 17th, 2021


Meet one of the Sisters' favorite behind the scenes colleagues - Dr. Unarose Hogan. From Ireland across Europe, much of Africa and into South East …

Ep16: Sarah Craven and Rachel Moynihan rock the world at UNFPA

August 3rd, 2021


If you are a girl, a woman, or know someone who is, join us in celebrating the pivotal role played by The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in …

Ep15: WASH what? Susan K. Barnett on Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

July 23rd, 2021


As we live our way into conditions of chronic pandemic occurring inside rapid shifts in climate, water security is less assured no matter where you are in the world. In addition to drinking water, competition for the …

Ep14: Equity Matters - Dr Michelle Joseph on the Future of Fairness

July 6th, 2021


"If they're not there, it ain't fair." 

Within the influential world of high-level global health conferences lives a sad and recalcitrant injustice. Though international in design and scope, high-profile meetings too …

Ep13: Stay in your lane part 3: Prof Salome Maswime, Head of Global Surgery at U Cape Town, on the decolonization of global health

March 9th, 2021


Dr. Salome Maswime is an ObGyn, Professor of Global Surgery and maternal/newborn health champion based in South Africa. She shares the why and the how of staying in one's lane as a necessary mandate for the …

Ep12: Stay in your lane part 2 - Equity, Ethics and Evidence in Global Health - mapping the journey

March 2nd, 2021


Sister Surgeons reviews evidence on the where, what and how global health is undergoing transformation through remedial decolonization, and how it …

Ep 11: Stay in your lane part 1 - Equity, Ethics & Evidence in Global Health

February 19th, 2021


Sister Surgeons shares Global Health Equity and Ethics for health professionals seeking global health opportunities. This installment of Stay In Your …

Ep10: Somaliland in the HOUSE! Dr. Shukri Mohamed Dahir shares her story

January 26th, 2021


Dr. Shukri M. Dahir is a woman to watch in global health and a General Surgery resident at Edna Adan University Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Shukri joins Lauri and Suzy to launch 2021 Season 2 of Sister Surgeons, …

Ep9: Pale, Male and Stale - a contemporary ponder with Prof Geoffrey Cundiff

December 15th, 2020


Honorary "Sister" Geoff Cundiff joins Suzy and Lauri to consider what it means to be a privileged white male academic Obstetrics and Gynecology …

Ep8: Canadian vs U.S. healthcare with Professor Geoff Cundiff

December 11th, 2020


Professor Geoff Cundiff, honorary "Sister", worked in the United States for many years before emigrating to Canada to work at the University of …

EP7: Pandemic pipelines and bottlenecks in global health

December 8th, 2020


Suzy and Lauri anticipate impacts, both negative and positive, of the 2nd wave of the pandemic on global health collaborations. 

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EP6: COVID19 - catalyst for change in global health?

November 17th, 2020


In this episode, Suzy and Lauri take a break from living inside COVID19 challenges to ruminate on the not-so-evident, emerging and potential future positive impacts of the pandemic on global health. As the pandemic …

EP5: Global health ethics with Dr. John Varallo -"honorary sister" and champion of global health equity

November 3rd, 2020


Dr. John Varallo is the Global Director of Safe Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Program for Global Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, also known by …

EP4: De-colonizing Global Health with Dr Sierra Washington

October 20th, 2020


The roots of global health are anchored in historic programs designed to keep colonizers healthy during flares of endemic illness. The underpinning …

EP3: Handmaid's Tale 2.0? A global lens on eugenics, contraception, egg freezing and forced hysterectomies

October 6th, 2020


Dr. Sierra Washington, Director of Global Health for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York/Stonybrook …

EP2: UN General Assembly, World Health Assembly, Race and Health during COVID-19

September 22nd, 2020


Suzy and Lauri explore the "how to" of getting involved in global health through UNGA and WHA annual events, and how it all ties into today's …

EP1: Sister Surgeons begin the journey with who, what and why

September 7th, 2020


Dr. Lauri Romanzi, from New York City, and Dr. Suzy Elneil, from London, start the conversation on how global surgeons, as women and champions of women's health and rights, are navigating the pandemic as mentors and …

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