Judging Panel

Meet our Judges

Dr. Mumba Chalwe

Dr. Chalwe is a urological-surgeon: a surgical subspecialty focused on men’s health as well as the urinary systems in both men and women. She has vast experience working in both local and international healthcare settings. She is passionate about causes that promote continued education for females in the STEM fields and working towards the UN SDG 5.

Dr. Catherine Mohr

Dr. Catherine Mohr is President of the Intuitive Foundation, the corporate foundation of Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the daVinci surgical system. In this role she invests in R&D programs aimed at understanding and improving education of medical practitioners around the world and applying novel technologies aimed at reducing the global burden of disease.

Martin Smith

Martin Smith is Professor of Surgery at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. His own research interests include Chronic Pancreatitis and Pancreatic cancer. Martin is actively involved in Global Surgery initiatives and research which serve to improve access to quality surgical care, especially in low and middle-income countries.

Dr. Shant Shekherdimian

Dr. Shant is an Assoc. Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the University of California, L.A (UCLA). Shant’s clinical interests include neonatal and minimally invasive surgery. Shant has an active global health/surgery research portfolio focused on surgical quality improvement and development of cancer screening programs in low to middle income countries.

Dr. Monali Mohan

Dr. Mohan is a medical graduate from Maulana Azad Medical College. She is a Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care Mentor in Health Systems Strengthening at CARE-India. Her focus is on understanding the surgical systems in district hospitals of Bihar and providing ground-level solutions to improve the quality of service delivery for the rural population.

Dr. Charles Umeh

Dr. Umeh is a medical doctor, trainee surgeon and Msc surgical science student at Edinburgh University, UK (Distance Learning). He is a telemedicine professional and has worked on many research initiatives involving the role of simulators in facilitating learning for students/trainee surgeons. He also has experience in creating animations for surgical training.

Dr. Rajiv Doshi

Dr. Rajiv Doshi serves as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Director of the India Biodesign Program at Stanford University, which aims to train the next generation of medical technology innovators in India. Dr. Doshi co-directs the India-based Founders Forum and Innovators Garage, which provides executive education for Indian medical technology entrepreneurs.

Dr. Robert Ssekitoleko

Dr. Ssekitoleko is a lecturer and head of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University. His research interests include access to effective and affordable medical devices that can advance diagnostics, therapeutic interventions and disease monitoring in LMICs. He also leads a research team involved in designing devices for improving maternal/child health.


Dr. Eduardo Flores Villalba

Dr. Flores-Villalba attended Medical School and graduated as a General Surgeon at Tec de Monterrey. Villalba completed a subspeciality in Liver and Transplant Surgery and a Master in Research of Liver Diseases. He is a Research Professor and Head of “Simulators for every surgeon” project at Tec de Monterrey and has years of experience in laparoscopic simulation and training. 

Dr. Carla Pugh, MD, PhD, FACS

Carla Pugh, is a Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the T.E.C.I. Center. Her clinical area of expertise is Acute Care Surgery and her research involves the use of simulation and advanced engineering technologies to develop new approaches for quantifying surgical mastery and using the data to improve surgical quality.

Dr. Juan Puyana

Dr. Puyana is an acute care surgeon and educator in trauma, and emergency surgery. He has worked in underserved hospitals in Latin America designing training courses for emergency care and has established fruitful reciprocal mentoring collaborations in research educational endeavors in Latin America and Kenya. He has taught the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care in several countries.

Prof. Sir Murray F. Brennan

Dr. Brennan is an oncologic surgeon that has lectured around the world and authored scientific papers, chapters, and books on soft tissue sarcoma. He has earned several accolades with various global medical organisations/associations. He has been awarded Honorary Fellowships in Ireland, Scotland, England, Australasia, and more. In 2015 he was appointed as Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Rachel Wood

Rachel Wood is a Senior Innovation Advisor in the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) at USAID. Previously she worked in the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she liaised with the World Health Organization and represented the U.S. in multilateral negotiations on a wide range of global health issues.