Global Surgery through the Gender Lens: challenges and the way forward

Hosted by The Global Surgery Policy Unit (GSPU)

Online & in-person public event (Marshall Building, MAR.1.04, LSE Campus)


Dr Preethi John

Dr Preethi John


Dr Rocco Friebel

Dr Rocco Friebel

The Global Surgery Policy Unit hosted the fourth of their in-person and online lecture series. In the run up to International Women’s Day, we explored the importance of gender considerations in expanding the surgical workforce and amongst surgical patients. 

Meet our speaker and chair

Dr Preethi John is currently the Deputy Director - MBA Health, Global Business School for Health, University College London. She is the co-Founder and Chair of Women in Global Health India. She is a healthcare management consultant, Faculty in numerous executive education programmes, and an advisor for several NGOs in healthcare. She was the only Asian recipient of the Harvard LEAD Fellowship in 2021. She has experience in capacity building of diverse healthcare human resources in developing countries across South Asia, Africa, and Latin America, and has held leadership positions in different organisations.

Dr Friebel is a trained health economist, Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Co-Director of the Global Surgery Policy Unit, Deputy Director of LSE Health, and Programme Director of the Executive MSc in Healthcare Decision-Making in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. He is specialised on the economics of health system delivery and the evaluation of complex interventions aimed at improving quality of care. His research work was published in high-impact policy/medical journals, such as the Lancet, Health Affairs, and Health Economics. Dr Friebel is a member of several advisory groups, a Board Member of Health Economics, Policy, and Law, member of the Steering Committee of the European Health Policy Group, and founder and host of LSE’s HealthTalks podcast series. He received his PhD from Imperial College London, and an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York. Before joining the Department of Health Policy, he worked for the Health Foundation. 

Short description of the Unit 

The unit is a unique and strategic collaboration between LSE & the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England)Established to advance global public health, surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries, the goal of the GSPU is to strengthen and contribute to the evidence-base for global surgical care through policy research and dialogue, capacity-building partnerships and advocacy initiatives aimed at informing decision-makers and empowering communities.

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