Clean Cut Results: a path to success

Join Lifebox for a Virtual Town Hall on “Clean Cut Results: a path to success”.
This event – available in English, French and Spanish – will discuss the evolution of the Clean Cut program, the lessons learned from its implementation, and its impact. 

THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER – 10:00-11:30 EDT / 17:00-18:30 EAT

Clean Cut is a Lifebox Quality Improvement program that helps surgical teams address the causes of surgical site infections. The results of the Clean Cut pilot in Ethiopia – which saw a reduction in the relative risk of infection by 35% for all surgical patients – have been recently published in the British Journal of Surgery.

The Panel

The town hall will be chaired by Dr. William Berry. Dr. Berry is a Lifebox Global Governance Council member. He serves as the Strategic Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer and as Associate Director of Ariadne Labs. In 2012, together with Atul Gawande, he co-founded Ariadne Labs and served as Chief Medical Officer for its first five years. He also created the Lab’s Implementation Platform and served as its director. He began working with Dr. Gawande in 2005 and initially served as the Boston Project Director of the WHO Safe Surgery Saves Lives Program. Dr. Berry is a retired cardiothoracic surgeon with interests in patient safety and implementation in healthcare.

Professor Abebe Bekele is a General and Thoracic surgeon from Ethiopia now based in Kigali, Rwanda, where he is Dean and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Research Affairs at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). Professor Bekele worked on the implementation of Clean Cut at Black Lion Hospital in Addis Ababa and is an author on the recently published article on Clean Cut in the British Journal of Surgery.


Dr. Jared Forrester is a General Surgery Resident at Stanford University. Dr. Forrester completed a two-year Fellowship with Lifebox in Ethiopia, where he focused on the development of the Clean Cut Program. Jared is lead author of the recent publication in the British Journal of Surgery on Clean Cut’s results. Jared has a special interest in effective surgical care in resource-constrained settings, affordable healthcare innovation, and team-centered systems improvement through a career in general surgery.

Dr. Natnael Gebeyehu graduated as a Medical Doctor from St. Paul Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Gebeyehu has extensive experience as an Operational Theatre Manager and Surgical Ward Manager at St. Peter’s Specialized Hospital in Addis Ababa, where Clean Cut was piloted. Dr. Gebeyehu is a Lifebox Fellow and part of the Lifebox Clinical team, and he continues to work as an Assistant Clinical Service Advisor at St Peter’s.


Dr. Tihitena Negussie Mammo is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Surgery and a Consultant General and Pediatric Surgeon with 14 years experience at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital. Dr. Mammo worked on the implementation of Clean Cut and has been recently appointed the Global Clinical Director of Lifebox. She has also been a member of the Executive Boards of both the Ethiopian Medical Association (EMA) and the Surgical Society of Ethiopia, as well as Chair of the national Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Ethiopia, Coordinator of the CPD centers at Addis Ababa University’s College of Health Sciences, and the EMA.  

Dr. Hassen  Mohammed is a Public Health Specialist working at the Federal Ministry of Health Ethiopia (FMoH) as the Director of Health Services Quality. He has also worked as an advisor to the FMoH on Public Private Partnerships in health and as a National Program Officer for Health System Strengthening for the World Health Organization.  Dr. Mohammed is a Medical Doctor and holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Addis Ababa University.


Dr. Nichole Starr is Lifebox’ Senior Fellow and a Resident in General Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Based in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Nichole was instrumental in the development of the Clean Cut Program and is part of the Lifebox Clinical team. Nichole has an interest in global health and surgery, cost-effectiveness analyses, and trauma care. She completed an MPH with emphasis in International Studies from Boston University and served in Peace Corps/Ethiopia from 2007-2008.

Dr. Thomas Weiser is Lifebox’s Consulting Medical Officer. Dr. Weiser is a General and Trauma Surgeon, a Surgical Intensivist, and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.  His research is focused on evaluating the role surgical care plays in the delivery of health services in resource-poor settings. From 2006-2009 he was part of the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives program which developed the Surgical Safety Checklist. Tom leads the Lifebox Clinical team and has previously served on the Lifebox Global Governance Council.