U.K. Board of Trustees

Dr. Atul Gawande is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. Dr. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is also Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health.

His research work currently focuses on systems innovations to transform safety and performance in surgery, childbirth, and care of the terminally ill. He serves as lead advisor for the World Health Organization’s Safe Surgery Saves Lives programme.

Dr. Gawande has been a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine since 1998. He has written three New York Times bestselling books: COMPLICATIONS, which was a finalist for the US National Book Award in 2002; BETTER, which was selected as one of the ten best books of 2007 by Amazon.com;  THE CHECKLIST MANIFESTO; BEING MORTAL.

He has won two US National Magazine Awards, Academy Health’s Impact Award for highest research impact on health care, a MacArthur Award, and selection by Foreign Policy Magazine and TIME magazine as one of the world’s top 100 influential thinkers.

Professor Miliard Derbew is Chief Executive Officer of King Faisal Hospital, Kigali – Rwanda’s largest referral hospital. Professor Derbew was previously a Professor of Pediatric Surgery at the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University. He is also a principal investigator for Medical Education Partnership Initiative Junior Faculty project for Ethiopia, MEPI-JF. He has also served as President of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and the Surgical Society of Ethiopia. He was the principal investigator of Medical Education Partnership (MEPI) project, a five years project which was a consortium of four medical schools in Ethiopia and five universities in the United States, focused on building institutional capacity.

Derbew has served as Chief Executive Director (with a rank of Vice President) in the College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University (2010- 2011) and was the Dean of the School of Medicine from 2007- 2010.

Derbew has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific articles on reputable journals and has made more than 25 presentations at different international conferences. He graduated from medical school and specialized in surgery from the School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University and served his fellowship in pediatrics surgery at Tel Aviv University and University of Toronto Sickkids Hospital. Derbew is a founding Fellow of the COSECSA and Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Dr. Angela Enright is a Clinical Professor of Anesthesia at the University of British Columbia and an anesthesiologist for the Vancouver Island Health Authority.  Well known both nationally and internationally, Dr Enright has been widely recognized for her significant humanitarian efforts and contributions to the profession. She received the Officer of the Order of Canada in 2010 and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Dr Enright served as the CAS President in 1994-95. In 2000, she was appointed Chair of the Education Committee of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) and in 2008 was elected as President for a four-year term. In 2011, Dr Enright became heavily involved with the global pulse oximetry project of the World Health Organization in developing educational and training materials and facilitating the formation of Lifebox to purchase and distribute oximeters.

Through CAS, Dr Enright has also been very active in CAS IEF, including working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the National University of Rwanda to develop a training program in anesthesia for physicians.

Professor Alan Merry practises in anaesthesia and chronic pain management at Auckland City Hospital. He is Head of the School of Medicine at the University of Auckland, Chair of the Board of the NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission and a board member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and Lifebox, which both aim to improve safety of patients globally. His research, books, book chapters and papers in peer-reviewed journals reflect interests in human factors, patient safety, global health and simulation. He is an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 
Pauline Philip has served as national urgent and emergency care lead for NHS England since 2016, on secondment from her position as Chief Executive of Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Foundation Trust. She was previously Director for Patient Safety at the World Health Organization where she led WHO’s efforts to develop global guidelines on hand hygiene and surgical safety, including the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.  She is a nurse by background and was made an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 Special Honours list.
Dr. Nobhojit Roy trained as a General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K and is currently a Health systems adviser to the Government. He also holds a MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden with a focus on trauma surgical outcomes and delivering healthcare in resource-poor settings.

Formerly, he was the National Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence at the think-tank of the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare at New Delhi.  For two decades, he has served as the Professor & Chief of Surgical services for an Universal Health Care scheme covering 100,000 people in suburban Mumbai, India.

His Surgical department at the BARC Hospital (Government of India) is the SEARO region’s WHO Collaborating Centre for research on Surgical care delivery in Low and Middle-Income countries (LMICs). He has been one of the Lancet commissioners for Global Surgery (2013-2015) and currently, is a Lancet commissioner for NCD and Injuries in the poorest billion.

Dr. Isabeau Walker worked as a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London with special interests in cardiac anaesthesia, patient safety, and anaesthesia and surgery in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Dr Walker is a Trustee of the Lifebox Foundation, and Trustee of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) Foundation. She has been involved in international work for many years and currently chairs the AAGBI /WFSA ‘Safer Anaesthesia From Education’ (SAFE) steering committee. She led the development of the SAFE Operating Room course, a multidisciplinary training course for surgeons, obstetricians, nurses and anaesthetists. This is a joint project of the AAGBI, Royal College of Surgeons (Eng), Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP), the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), and Lifebox.

She has written widely on a range of anaesthesia topics, and has a number of peer reviewed papers, as well as book chapters and reviews. She is an editor of the book ‘Core Topics in Paediatric Anaesthesia’. She has held a number of grants to support training and education of anaesthetists in LMICs, and to develop the Lifebox oximeter for use in children under 5 years in LMICs.

Emeritus Trustee

Dr. Iain Wilson is a consultant anaesthetist and Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI).  He was a member of the Council of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists in 2004-16. In 2011 he was one of the founding Trustees of Lifebox, an NGO set up to improve the use of  pulse oximeters in low and middle countries in combination with training focussed on the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

During his training he worked in the Royal Air Force and also as a lecturer in anaesthesia at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia 1986-8.  He has published on a number of subjects including anaesthesia in LMIC, anaesthesia safety issues and was a commissioner in the recent Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.  He is an editor of the Oxford Handbook of Anaesthesia – a best selling textbook and when working with the WFSA, initiated the popular Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week and the WFSA Update in Anaesthesia.