InterSurgeon Champions are the individual points of contact for each surgical speciality represented on this site. Please find your Champion, read their profile and feel free to contact them with comments, suggestions or any other issue related to InterSurgeon.

James Johnston

James Johnston

Paediatric Neurosurgery

James Johnston, Jr. MD is a pediatric neurosurgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and director of the Global Surgery Program at Children’s of Alabama. He completed his medical school, neurosurgery residency and fellowship training at Washington University in Saint Louis. His clinical interests include neuro-oncology, neuroendoscopy, vascular neurosurgery and craniofacial reconstruction.

William Harkness

William Harkness

Paediatric Neurosurgery

William is a retired Paediatric Neurosurgeon who worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London UK where he was Clinical Chair of the Neurosciences Department for over ten years and headed the epilepsy surgery programme. He is a past president of the International Society for Paediatric Neurosurgery and during his Presidential year he made Global Neurosurgery for Children an ISPN mission and has continued the impetus with the creation of InterSurgeon. We welcome all comments, ideas and suggestions in relation to InterSurgeon and it’s website so please feel free to contact William on any subject.

Gail Rosseau

Adult Neurosurgery

Gail is a skull base neurosurgeon who is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; her clinical practice is with veterans. She is currently the World Federation of Neurosurgical Society-World Health Organization (WFNS-WHO) Liaison Committee Chairman, a member of the Executive Board of the Foundation for International Education in Neurosurgery and the International Initiatives Chairman of ThinkFirst Head and Spine Injury Prevention Association. She has been elected to senior leadership positions in the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Societe de Neurochirurgie de Langue Francaise (SNCLF) and the WFNS. Her interests include pituitary and cranial base surgery, microvascular compression syndromes, stereotactic radiosurgery and Global Neurosurgery.

Graham Watson

Urology

Graham is a Urological Surgeon at East Sussex Hospitals where he currently has a contract which allows him 3 months of the year to follow his passion which is promoting urological surgery in low income countries. He is a founding member of the Medi Tech Trust which is a charity funding training and a member of Urolink (a section of BAUS promoting global urology). He co-chairs an annual consensus meeting which aims to promote a concerted action plan from all nations. He sees InterSurgeon as a vital part of this process and will strive to make this a valuable tool for all those interested in joining teams visiting other nations as well as the place to go for units wanting to develop the range of procedures they offer.

Prof. Tony Narula

ENT

Tony is an associate professor in ENT with a special interest in children with ear, nose and throat disorders and hearing problems. He has practised predominantly in London over the last 20 years both in the NHS and privately. He is past President of ENT UK and the British Society of Otology and Vice President of the Confederation of British Surgery. For 10 years, he served as an elected member of Royal College of Surgeons Council, including 5 years as the honorary treasurer and RCS Revalidation lead. He recently co-founded The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative, a global multidisciplinary collaborative of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, patients and families committed to improving care for all children and adults with tracheostomies.

James Wilson-MacDonald

Orthopaedics

James Wilson-MacDonald is an orthopaedic spinal surgeon working in Oxford. He qualified at Bristol University and undertook a higher degree (MCh) in 1990 on bone growth and remodeling. He trained in New Zealand, France, America, Switzerland and the UK. His main interests include the treatment of scoliosis in children, the management of back pain, spinal trauma, spinal infection and medico-legal issues. He is involved in the development of new treatments for scoliosis in children. He was senior editor of the Trauma section of the Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals on a wide variety of spinal disorders, and has written a number of book chapters. He has been an assessor for the General Medical Council and the Royal College of Surgeons. He has provided orthopaedic advice to British Rowing. He has a wide experience in medico-legal reporting.

David Kulber

Plastic, Reconstructive & Burns Surgery

David Kulber, MD, FACS, is board certified in Hand Surgery and Plastic Surgery.  As a longtime member of Cedars-Sinai Medical Group, his practice covers the full spectrum of plastic, reconstructive, hand and aesthetic surgery.  He is the director of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of the Marilyn and Jefferey Katzenberg Hand Fellowship, and the Director of the Plastic Surgery Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  He is also a full Professor of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and at Cedars-Sinai.  Dr. Kulber is a member of the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center, which is recognised as one of the top orthopaedic centres in the nation by U.S. News and World Report

Soham Bandyopadhyay

Students

Soham Bandyopadhyay is a final year medical student at the University of Oxford. He is the current chair of the Neurology And NeuroSurgery Interest Group (NANSIG) and the UK branch of the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN). He is a council member of the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Clinical Neurosciences Section and the British Medical Association (BMA) South Central Region. His clinical and research interests are in neurosurgery, global health, and trauma.

Marilyn Butler

General Surgery

Marilyn is a paediatric general surgeon in Portland, Oregon, USA, where she is a Professor of Surgery at Oregon Health and Science University. In an effort to coordinate the efforts of volunteer paediatric surgeons, in 2010 she founded the Global Paediatric Surgery Network, which merged in 2017 with the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery. She has worked for many years with paediatric surgeons in Vietnam, and as Co-Chair of the Global Alliance Partnership of the Pacific Association of Pediatric Surgeons, she is committed to supporting colleagues in low- and middle-income countries.

Kathleen Casey

General Surgery

Dr. Kathleen Casey is a surgeon who is passionate about global health and addressing disparities in surgical care. In 2004 she founded the Operation Giving Back program at the American College of Surgeons, which supports the global surgical humanitarian ecosystem and fosters collaboration and innovation to advance equity in surgical care; she served as its Director for 9 years. She is a founder and one of the architects of the G4 Alliance (the Global Alliance for Surgery, Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia Care) – an initiative uniting scores of global organisations in advocating for the neglected surgical patient in global health and development – where she has served as an inaugural officer and board member. Dr. Casey currently serves as Chief Medical Officer for the non-profit Physicians for Peace, and is a past President of the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP) and the US Chapter of the International Society of Surgery. She serves on the boards of the International Student Surgical Network (InciSioN) and InterSurgeon. She has been recognized with Humanitarian Awards from the American Medical Association and the International College of Surgeons and has published widely on global surgery.

Alasdair Kennedy

Ophthalmic Surgery

Alasdair Kennedy is an Ophthalmic Surgeon in the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery and an Honorary Clinical Research Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. He has spent time working in a clinical capacity in the Beni Department, Bolivia and in Sierra Leone, West Africa. His research interests include glaucoma, uveitis and ophthalmic infectious diseases in low income settings. He sees InterSurgeon as a fantastic opportunity to build partnerships and share knowledge in the field of global health and is particularly enthusiastic about the benefits of teaching, training and research that this platform will provide.

Dilraj Grewal

Ophthalmic Surgery

Dilraj Grewal, MD is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Duke Eye Center, and a Director of Grading at the Duke Reading Center. He completed his Vitreoretinal Surgery fellowship at Duke and Uveitis fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. Dr Grewal has authored over 110 peer-reviewed publications and over 120 presentations. He has been the recipient of the Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship Award, the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship Award, Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Rhett Buckler and Senior Honor Awards from American Society of Retina Specialists.

Neelan Das

Interventional Radiology

Dr Neelan Das is a Senior Consultant Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiologist at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, United Kingdom.He specialises in Vascular and Non Vascular Interventional Radiology and has spearheaded the development of the embolotherapy service (including prostate artery embolisation). Neelan also leads on research and is the local principle investigator in several cutting edge multicentre trials utilising interventional radiology techniques, medical imaging and advanced technology. He is leading on the implementation of artificial intelligence tools  within the division of imaging at East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust and has published on the ethics of AI in radiology.

Haley Vance

Nursing

Haley Vance, DNP, CPNP-AC is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner and Associate in the Department of Neurosurgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For fifteen years, she has dedicated her nursing career to caring for paediatric neurosurgery patients. She is an associate member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and Past-President of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA). She has spent time in Tanzania partnering with nurses on education and training in the care of patients with neurosurgical conditions.