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Founded in 2020 by Riana Patel and Taylor Ottesen, the 'Global Scalpels' podcast aims to bring together a number of interesting speakers to show the work behind the scenes in global surgery and to highlight the people creating some of the most innovative projects in sectors such as technology, law, advocacy, and research.

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The podcast is targeted towards anyone interested in the field of global surgery – surgeons, technology wizards,  businesspeople, and researchers alike. Through it, we aim to highlight that global surgery is a team effort and that engagement with all professionals is essential to provide the 143 million additional surgical procedures required annually. In addition, this podcast aims to bring conference-level discussions to the palm of people's hand, allowing anyone to listen anywhere for free.

To date, we have been featured at two major conferences, have released over 25 episodes, and have had over 6000 listens from all over the globe - from Haiti, to Kenya, to the United States. 

If you would like to hear more, search for Global Scalpels on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, and more. Alternatively, feel free to follow us on our Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook Page.

Global Surgery Stories

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.

Experiences with Mercy Ships

Senior paediatric surgery nurse Gabrielle Dent discusses her time volunteering with Mercy Ships.

Strengthening ties between Oxford and Tanzania

Professor Kokila Lakhoo, along with colleagues from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group, is developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania. In this blog post, Professor Lakhoo reports on their latest trip, which was part of a continuous ongoing strengthening of ties between the Oxford team and Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania.