Changing the Face of Global Surgery – Representation and Equity in Focus

With Elizabeth Coté and Ulrick Kanmounye

In response to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery’s goal of ensuring that safe, quality surgeries are available to all, Operation Smile (OS) has shifted its model of care. From 1:1 mentorship, international placements, volunteer credentialing and ‘upskilling’ of cleft surgeons, OS is investing in medical education as a key strategy toward improving health care equity in LMIC contexts. In this webinar, OS leaders Elizabeth Coté and Ulrick Kanmounye share the successes and challenges of the Cleft Surgery Training Program – and what we can learn about representation and equity from their experience.

Elizabeth Coté (MD, MPA) is the Vice President of Global Medical Education at Operation Smile. Her department designs and implements strategies for sustainably improving global health equity.

Ulrick Kanmounye (MD, MPH) is a Health Policy and Advocacy Manager with Operation Smile. Following studies at Harvard Medical School and London’s School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he completed OS’s fellowship program in Global Surgery and Social Change.