CNIS has a twelve-member board from across Canada which functions through 3 committees: Executive, Program, and Finance.

Dr. Andrew Howard

Dr Andrew Howard, Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Masters of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Ottawa


Dr. Howard is a paediatricorthopaedic surgeon who has a large and diverse clinical practice. His clinical interests include complex orthopaedic trauma and surgery for spinal and lower extremity deformities. In addition to his surgical training, he holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology (1998) from the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Howard sits on the executive committee of Safekids Canada.Dr. Howard’s research focuses on prevention of road traffic injuries to children, which are overwhelmingly the leading cause of death for children in developed countries. Dr. Howard studies the biomechanics and epidemiology of child motor vehicle occupant injuries. This work is done in close cooperation with the Road Safety branch of Transport Canada and is unique in Canada. He is a member of the Auto21 Network of centers of excellence, leading a project on computer simulation of children’s crash injuries.Dr. Howard also studies the epidemiology of other major categories of unintentional childhood injury, including pedestrian and cyclist injuries, falls, and sports injuries. He has worked with the Toronto District School Board to study the relationship between playground equipment and injury risk, and is carrying out a randomized trial in this area.Dr. Howard also does research on the prevention and treatment of unintentional injury to children in low-income countries, and is the Director of the Office of International Surgery and of the Canadian Network for International Surgery.Dr. Howard’s recent publications can be found here.



Dr. Samuel Bugis


Dr. Bugis is a General Surgeon with subspecialty training and expertise in Head and Neck and Endocrine Surgery. After General Surgery residency, he did a Clinical Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery as a Clinical Scholar at MacMaster University in Hamilton and a research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas. He has been a recipient of the General Surgery Teacher of the Year award and was a Fellowship Examiner for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in General Surgery.In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Bugis has held numerous leadership positions including Medical Staff President at Royal Columbian Hospital and Chief of Surgery at Royal Columbian Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital. He has been Head, Section of General Surgery and Specialist representative on the BCMA Statutory Negotiating Committee. He is now the Executive Director, of the Physician and External Affairs, Doctors of BC, the BCMA.



Past Chair

Wylam Faught, MD, FRCSC,CPE

Wylam Faught, MD, FRCSC,CPE

Wylam Faught is currently the Medical Head of The Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer program, a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa and a Clinical Investigator with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. An active member in the medical field, his leadership roles have included chair of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa; Residency Program Director ,Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Ottawa ; Coordinator ,Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Trials,Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre ; Chief of Women’s Health, Royal Alexandra Hospital; Chief of Obstetrics/Gynecology/Newborn Care at The Ottawa Hospital; Regional Obstetrics & Gynecology , medical lead for the Champlain Maternal-Newborn program; Past-President of the Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada; a Past Board member of Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Royal College Specialty Committee in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Wylam is also actively involved in Gynecologic Oncology Clinical Care, research and education, along with surgical skills teaching in Tanzania with the Canadian Network for International SurgeryIn October 2012 Wylam was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award.




Dr. Heather Scott

Dr. Heather Scott

Associate Professor
Obstetrical Co-Director, Reproductive Care Program of Nova ScotiaDr. Heather Scott is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dalhousie University. She is primarily a High-Risk Obstetrician (Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist) but is also the Obstetrical Director of the Reproductive Care Program of Nova Scotia. Recently she has become the Medical Director of the Global Health Unit in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Dalhousie.Dr. Scott has worked in a number of African countries including South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Ghana teaching and providing clinical care. She is an ALARM International instructor and is a member of the ALARM International Committee at the SOGC. She is also an instructor of the “Essential Surgical Skills” course developed by the CNIS. While on sabbatical in 2011, she worked for six months at the WHO in Geneva in the Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health Division developing a course entitled Essential Care During Labour and Childbirth and has continued to work intermittently as a consultant for the WHO. She was on sabbatical in South Africa from July to December 2014 where she worked as a consultant for the National Department of Health RSA and the UNFPA, evaluating the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths in South Africa.





Dr. Tarek Razek

Dr. Tarek Razek is the trauma program director and chief of the division of trauma surgery at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) since 2004. He has been an assistant professor of surgery at McGill University since 2000. He completed his postgraduate training in trauma surgery and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania.He is the only Canadian to have served on the executive board of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and is currently on the executives of the Trauma Association of Canada and the International Association of Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care. He is currently a Governor of the American College of surgeons as well as the Chair for Advanced Trauma Life Support for the Province of Quebec.His interest in global surgical issues began early in his career with participation in the medical educational programs of the Canadian Network for International Surgery (CNIS) in Tanzania and Ethiopia.  He has continued to participate in and develop medical educational programs over the past ten years, especially the Trauma Team Training program. He has been the Chair of the Board of the CNIS, which oversees hundreds of surgical, obstetric, and injury prevention programs predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa with several million dollars in grants from the Canadian International Development Agency over the past two years.He has been active in the area of disaster response in the regional, national and international arenas acting as chair of the disaster committee for the Trauma Association of Canada and participating as part of the Canadian federal Disaster response teams deployed to support surgical services at the Vancouver Olympics of 2010. He consulted for the preparations of the Euro 2012 in the Ukraine.He is a senior surgeon with the Emergency Response Units of the Federation of Red Cross International disaster response teams and has deployed to Haiti during the earthquake there. He also participates with the International Committee of the Red Cross as part of the war surgery response teams and has deployed to the Sudan.Along with his colleague Dr. Dan Deckelbaum, he is the co-director of the MUHC Centre for Global Surgery. They have developed programs supporting the growth of injury care systems in Rwanda, Tanzania, Ukraine, Haiti and elsewhere.All of this work is done with a focus on academic analysis and Dr. Razek has supported over 10 Masters’ students and trauma surgery fellows over the past 5 years. The implementation of data collection systems to better understand the reality of the injury and surgical care problems are at the heart of the academic pursuits. This then can inform the educational programs and the health policy directions.The entire focus is on developing long term academic partnerships to grow the injury and surgery care systems and the key element for Dr. Razek is on having an innovative approach to this work. The novel data acquisition systems that he and Dr. Deckelbaum are developing are a reflection of this innovative academic approach that can have such a dramatic impact on improving injury and surgical care delivery in many different contexts globally.


Dr. Rebeca Rivera


Dr. Rebeca Rivera works as a General Obstetrician Gynecologist at Richmond Hospital, BritishColumbia, and is a Clinical Faculty Instructor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UBC. She attended medical school and residency at the University of British Columbia, which is where she first became a member of CNIS. Rebeca became a certified FIRST instructor and volunteered with CNIS in Tanzania in 2014. She is also an ALARM/AIP instructor with the SOGCmost recently in El Salvador, her country of origin.








Dr. Ivar Mendez

 Dr. Ivar Mendez is the Fred H. Wigmore Professor and Chairman of Surgery at
the University of Saskatchewan and the Unified Head of Surgery for the Province
of Saskatchewan.
As a Clinician/Scientist, Dr. Mendez is an internationally recognized expert and pioneer in cell restoration procedures for brain repair and the use of remote presence robots for health care. He has pioneered the use of Remote Presence Robotic devices. In 2010, he established the first remote presence robotic program in the Canadian North to provide access to primary and specialized medical care to underserviced First Nations communities. Dr. Mendez has taken an active role in humanitarian and global health issues. He has been instrumental in establishing and equipping neurosurgical units in several developing countries. Through the Ivar Mendez
International Foundation, he has instituted programs for school breakfast, dental care and computer education in his native Bolivia. For his pioneering work in the use of remote presence devices to deliver health care to underserviced populations, Dr. Mendez received the Canadian Red Cross Humanitarian Award in 2010 and in 2011 the Health Canada Award for Contribution to the Improvement of the Health of Canadians. In 2016, he received the Government of Canada Public Service Award of Excellence for the use of remote presence robotic technology to improve healthcare in the North.



Dr. Hassan Shenassa

Dr. Hassan Shenassa

Dr. Shenassa graduated from the University of Ottawa Obstetrics and Gynecology program, he then spent two years in Fellowship training in Advanced Pelvic Floor and uro-gynecology surgery and Minimally Invasive Gynecology in Canada, United States and France. His main areas of interest are pelvic floor and minimally invasive surgeries and cervical pathology. His research and education interests are focused on patient safety and surgical education as well as capacity building and knowledge transfer within the international medical community.Dr. Shenassa is the director of International Women’s Health at the Ottawa Hospital Obstetrics and Gynecology department. He is the Co-Chair of the International Women’s Health (IWH) at the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada ( He is a member of  the board of Canadian Network for International Surgery  ( Shenassa’s areas of expertise involve program development in the developing world with emphasis on sexual health, labor management and operative delivery. Dr. Shenassa is the medical team leader for the Surgical Obstetrical Team (S.O.T), a multi-disciplinary team dedicated to helping moms and babies through complex operative deliveries. He is the founder and Executive Director of, an organization dedicated to work with professional associations, NGO’s and health practitioners in developing nations to improve the quality of women’s health care through transfer of obstetrical, surgical and perioperative care skills.He is the Medical Director of Gynecology program as well as the Colposcopy program at the Harmony Health Centre in Ottawa.His former positions include the chief of Gynecology at the Ottawa. Hospital from 2002 till 2007, and the clinical lead of gynecological simulation and surgical education from 2007 to 2012.Dr. Shenassa brings his advocacy for women’s health into all aspects of his work to improve maternal and newborn health.

Dr. William (Bill) Pollett

Dr. William (Bill) Pollett


Dr. William (Bill) Pollett is currently a professor of surgery at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a consultant surgeon at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, a teaching Hospital under the direction of Eastern Health, the largest health care organization in Newfoundland and Labrador.

He has served as the Chairman of the Discipline of Surgery at Memorial University of Newfoundland and as Clinical Chief of Surgery for Eastern Health.  He has been an active member of a number of local, national and international organizations. Past positions have included the Presidencies of Medical Staff, General Hospital, St. John’s Newfoundland; Newfoundland Surgical Society, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, The Canadian Association of University Surgeons and the Surgeons Travel Club.  He has served on a number of committees of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada including multiple Accreditation Teams.

He has been actively involved with the Canadian Network for International Surgery since 2009 and has served as an Instructor at ESS, FIRST and Hernia Repair Courses.  He has taught CNIS Courses in Mekele, Ethiopia and Mwanza in Tanzania.



Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty

2018 Member: Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty – Surgeon, University of ManitobaAfter graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science and M.D in 1990, he obtained his Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Toronto in 1996, garnering many awards along the way.Dr. Logsetty completed the Surgical-Scientist Program at the University of Toronto in 1994-1996.  He continued his training in fellowships in Acute Burn Care & Reconstructive Surgery at the Ross Tilley Burn Centre in Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, Ontario (1996-1998) and in Critical Care of Burns at Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle, Washington (1998-1999).Dr. Logsetty holds certifications with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Surgery.  Dr. Logsetty holds memberships in many Medical and Scientific organizations and is widely published on many topics, including Burns and Trauma, his chosen areas of interest.