Graduate Feature: Godfrey Sama Philipo

Godfrey Sama Philipo received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania and a Master in Public Health (MPH) from the Southern Medical University (SMU) in China before joining the MGSC. He worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator for the MUHAS-ORCI-UCSF Cancer Collaboration and co-founded the International Students Surgical Network (InciSioN), a nonprofit organization representing students and early career physicians who are passionate about Global Surgery. He researches on pediatric surgery with a team at Muhimbili National Hospital in collaboration with the University of Oxford and other local and international partners.

Currently, Godfrey is a Global Surgery Fellow at the Center for Health Equity in Surgery & Anesthesia (CHESA),University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and a Research and Patient Outcomes Coordinator for the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)/College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) Collaboration Program at the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC). He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Branch of Global Surgical Care at UBC.

The MGSC has improved his understanding of the raising burden of surgical diseases and challenges facing Global Surgery. The training has laid the foundation for undertaking further training and research in Global Surgery, to generate evidence for improving surgical care delivery, policy, training and advocacy. He hopes to incorporate Implementation Science skills for effective uptake and scale-up of these interventions.

View Godfrey’s SURG 560 Project