May 27-29, 2023  |  ALL DAY
Department of Surgery

Bethune Round Table in Global Surgery: Sustainability in Global Surgery

The Bethune Roundtable is an annual interdisciplinary meeting hosted at a Canadian academic centre to discuss challenges and solutions to improving surgical care to underserved and marginalized patients locally, regionally and globally. The objective of the meeting is to bring together health professionals from across disciplines to share their experiences in delivering safe surgery and anaesthetic care in low-resource settings. 
The theme of Bethune 2023 is Sustainability in Global Surgery. 

Date: May 27th to 29th, 2023 - Hybrid Meeting
Place: Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, Toronto
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Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Abebe Bekele
    Dean, School of Medicine at the University of Global Health Equity
    Professor of Surgery, General and Thoracic Surgery
    Governing Council and Chairman of Examinations & Credentials Committee, the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA)
    Editor in Chief, East and Central Africa Journal of Surgery
  • Dr. Andrea MacNeill
    Founder and Principal Investigator, UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab
    Medical Director, Planetary Health at Vancouver Coastal Health
    Staff Surgical Oncologist, Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer
    Professor of Surgery, the University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Laura Donahoe
    Medical Director, Medical Device Reprocessing Department, Unity Health Network
    Program Director and Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Toronto
    Staff Thoracic Surgeon, Unity Health Network
  • Dr. Joel Parlow
    Chair, Canadian Anesthesiologists Society International Education Foundation (CASIEF)
    Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, Queen’s University
    Staff Anesthesiologist, General and Cardiovascular, Kingston Health Sciences Center
  • Dr. Ifereimi Waqainabete
    Member of Parliament and Minister for Health and Medical Services, Parliament of Fiji (2018 – 2022)
    General Surgeon and Professor of Surgery, Fiji National University

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the relationships between the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Global Surgery field.
  2. Recognize the dominant role of climate change adaptation and mitigation within the Sustainable Development Goals
    • Consider the unequal burden of climate-associated health impacts globally
    • Understand how to decarbonize health sector activities.
  3. Acquire tools, technology, and techniques to make Global Surgery sustainable in the people, planetary, and economic domains.



Bethune 2023 Poster