Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

Philomena Leahy, an MSc by Research student within the Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG), has won Best 1st Year Presentation during the recent Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences (NDS) Student Symposium Day.

Philomena Leahy receiving a certificate and prize from NDS Interim Head of Department, Professor Ian Mills.

Philomena won first prize for her talk on children's surgery in district general hospitals of low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs). 

She was awarded a certificate and prize from NDS Interim Head of Department, Professor Ian Mills.

Supervised by Professor Kokila Lakhoo, Philomena's research focuses on the provision of paediatric surgery in LMICs. 

The barriers to surgical care in LMICs have led to around 1.7 billion children without access to surgery (Meara et al., 2015). Philomena's  work will quantify, describe and compare the burden of children’s surgical disease across the globe through a systematic review of the volume and variety of children’s surgery in district general/rural hospitals of LMICs compared to high-income countries (HICs).

'The work I am doing within the OUGSG will provide valuable information on the current standard of, and access to, children’s surgery across the globe, including areas of specific need, which can assist decisions on priorities as we advance,' said Philomena. 'Research into this is essential to emphasise the importance of developing, implementing and sustaining partnerships in global children’s surgery to challenge the current injustice in the surgical standards available to children worldwide.'

Philomena is particularly grateful to her research team for their outstanding support, knowledge and kindness.



Global Surgery Stories

Children’s Surgical Course for regional hospitals in Tanzania

Professor Kokila Lakhoo reports on her latest visit to Tanzania, the first country in Africa chosen by Oxford University Global Surgery Group to host its new Children's Surgical Course.

Women as a driver to address gaps in the global surgical workforce

Isabella Busa, a medical student at the University of Oxford, shares her recently published article written with Dr Shobhana Nagraj as part of the Global Surgery Special Study Theme.

OUGSG members run OX5 for Oxford Children's Hospital

Two of our Oxford University Global Surgery Group (OUGSG) members, Professor Chris Lavy and Dr Shobhana Nagraj, completed the OX5 Run on Sunday 20 March 2022 for the Children’s Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Our experience with the 10-Group Robson classification system in Egypt to analyse its high caesarean section rate

Dr Bismeen Jadoon, a Healthcare Researcher and Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, discusses caesarean section rates in Egypt.

Authorship demographics in global surgery, 2016-2020

Dr Krithi Ravi, an Academic Foundation Doctor at the University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, shares her latest published work.

What is the extent of global health teaching activities at UK medical schools?

Global health is the study, research, and practice of medicine focused on improving health and achieving health equity, and should be integrated into medical school curricula. InciSioN UK Collaborative set out to evaluate the extent of global health teaching activities at United Kingdom (UK) medical schools.