InterSurgeon is an interactive website designed to bring individuals and organisations together in partnerships to improve surgical care globally.
In 2016 the ISPN was invited to become a stakeholder in the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) and William, then President elect of the ISPN, was invited to attend as their representative. This began his involvement with the Global Surgery movement, with a particular emphasis on Paediatric Neurosurgery. In April 2017 William was invited to take part in the International Symposium of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) in Los Angeles where the theme of the meeting was Global Neurosurgery. He presented the case for developing Global Neurosurgery for children with both our adult neurosurgical colleagues and in conjunction with GICS, as many of the infrastructure needs for children’s neurosurgery are much closer allied to our paediatric surgical colleagues.
Whilst at the AANS William met with a number of neurosurgeons who shared a common interest in improving education and access to treatment through collaboration. In particular, Jim Johnston gave a presentation of his work in Vietnam which led to discussions about what could be done on a wider scale. Jim had just completed a survey of the paediatric sections of the AANS and Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) and within this it was clear that whilst many were keen to participate in international collaborations, there was no mechanism in place to facilitate this. The idea we proposed was to create an internet based platform where individuals and institutions could establish a dialogue with a view to creating partnerships for clinical treatment, education, training, exchange of personnel and donation of equipment. InterSurgeon was born!
Over the last four months we have successfully developed the website and branded the idea. InterSurgeon will be a ‘not for profit’ organisation and Charitable Status in the UK is currently being applied for. We will pilot InterSurgeon in Paediatric Neurosurgery and if this proves successful, expand to other surgical specialities and possibly into medical specialities as well. We invite you to become members of InterSurgeon and establish long lasting partnerships to improve delivery of surgical treatment on a Global scale.
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