Global Surgical Training Challenge Announces Judging Panel

Officials with the Global Surgical Training Challenge today announced the names of the leaders who will participate in the judging panel. The judges, who represent four continents, will be evaluating entries to the five million dollar Global Surgical Training Challenge, which was announced last week.

The prestigious panel is composed of internationally recognized leaders in global surgery, bioengineering and clinical innovation.

Our judging panel:

  • Murray Brennan, Senior Vice President, International Programs, Memorial Sloan Kettering, United States
  • Mumba Chalwe, Urologist, Ministry of Health, Zambia
  • Rajiv Doshi, Director, India Program, Byers Center for Biodesign, Stanford University, United States
  • Rachel Wood, Senior Innovation Advisor in the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) at USAID, United States
  • Monali Mohan, Comprehensive Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care Mentor in Health Systems Strengthening, CARE, India
  • Catherine Mohr, President, Intuitive Foundation, United States
  • Juan Puyana, Director of Global Health and Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, United States
  • Shant Shekherdiman, Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery, UCLA, United States
  • Martin Smith, Professor of Surgery, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Robert Ssekitoleko, Head of Bioengineering, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Charles Umeh, MSc Surgical Science Student, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Eduardo Villalba, Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgery, Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico
  • Carla Pugh, Professor of Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

The judging panel will assess all eligible applications and make decisions on the selection of the Discovery Award grantees, Finalist Award grantees and the Grand Prize winner. Their decisions will be based on detailed eligibility requirements, as well as validation. A technical assessment partner will support the judging panel in their decision making.