OIA Global Health Forum featuring Anthony Charles

The next edition of the Office of International Activities' Global Health Forum will feature Anthony Charles, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery, director of Adult ECMO Program, who will discuss "Surgery and Global Public Health."

When Oct 20, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where UNC Hospitals Starbucks Conference Room
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Charles is associate professor of surgery at UNC and is spreading his passion for education near and far. UNC has a long-standing partnership with Malawi. While getting his masters in public health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, Charles was invited to Malawi to see one of the projects involving human immunodeficiency virus. During his visit, Charles observed that the trauma burden was substantial, that the availability of surgical services could not keep up with demand, and, in particular, that there was a need for surgical education in Malawi.

Since that first visit, Charles and a team of surgeons and students from UNC have periodically visited Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, to provide surgical services, conduct training, and perform research through the Malawi Surgical Initiative, a program affiliated with UNC Project–Malawi. Although the initiative had a sustained presence in Lilongwe, the team realized that training Malawians as surgeons would be a more effective public health project. With that idea in mind, Charles spearheaded the effort to create the Malawi surgical residency program, with the intention that Malawian surgeons take over the program’s administrative and training responsibilities after 5 years. Charles was born in Germany, grew up in Nigeria, studied in England, and currently works in North Carolina and Malawi. If there is anyone who understands the complex relationship between global health and local health, it is he.

About the OIA Global Health Forum

The UNC School of Medicine’s Office of International Activities now sponsors a monthly OIA GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM that features UNC clinicians, researchers, resident physicians, and scholars through which we hope to build a global health learning community through the SOM. The FORUM is an opportunity for residents to showcase their work and also to involve more faculty with diverse global health interests and expertise and to mix medical student and resident audiences. We hope to have diverse formats – including lectures, resident presentations of scholarly work, journal clubs and case studies.

The OIA GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM takes place every third Thursday of the month through May, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in UNC Hospital Starbucks on UNC campus. For more information, feedback, or to suggest a topic or speaker, please contact the OIA Program Manager, Shay Slifko.