Feature: Dr. Innocent Ssemanda

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Dr. Emilie Joos, BISC Associate Director, recently interviewed Innocent Ssemanda, a current candidate for the UBC Master of Global Surgical Care program.

Dr. Innocent Ssemanda is an accomplished physician and scholar from Uganda, who recently completed a Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Zambia. Dr. Ssemanda has a breadth of experience in the delivery of surgical care in low-resource settings and a deep understanding of academic research.

While practicing as a physician, he has been able to participate in several clinical trials as a research assistant. More recently, with his excellent analytical skills and sensitive approach to complex research questions, he has obtained the role of principal investigator and co-investigator for more than ten observational studies. He possesses a combination of skills in conducting experimental and observational epidemiological research, and clinical and medical practice skills. He also completed a post-graduate diploma in Pediatric Palliative Care, at the Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care Africa Uganda.

In this interview, Dr. Ssemanda discusses treating different types of pain and caring for surgical patients holistically through palliative care. He explains the importance of a holistic approach to properly manage patients’ pain, which should not be forgotten in the big picture of surgical care.

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To hear the full interview, please click on the video below.

To view the transcript, download it here.