Doruk Ozgediz M.D., MSc is Associate Professor of Surgery at UCSF, Director of the UCSF Center for Global Surgery and Health Equity, and in the leadership team of the Institute for Global Health Sciences. He trained in medicine at UCSF and completed a general surgery residency at UCSF before pursuing a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. Dr. Ozgediz also completed a Master's of Science in Public Health in Developing Countries at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr. Ozgediz became involved in surgical collaborations in Uganda in 2003 and since then has been part of multiple collaborations to strengthen surgery and anesthesia care there and in the region, mostly through support of capacity-building initiatives.
He is a co-founder of the Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS) collaboration, focused in Uganda, as well as the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery (GICS). He is also on the advisory board of KIDS OR, an international charity dedicated to strengthening surgery and perioperative care in low resource settings.
Dr. Ozgediz's research focuses on global equity in surgical services, and spans clinical surgery and outcomes, along with work on the burden of disease, barriers to care, and effectiveness of interventions to advance surgical care globally and integrate surgical services with public health. He came to UCSF from Yale, where he had directed global surgery programs. At UCSF he will also be associated with the HEAL initiative and fellowship focused on global health equity.
Dr. Ozgediz has focused on scholarship related to strengthening access to surgical care for vulnerable populations mostly in low-income countries. He has had a longstanding relationship with colleagues in Uganda since 2003 and spent 2007-2008 living and working there. His collaborative scholarly activity has characterized the burden of surgical disease, outcomes, workforce gaps, and access strategies tailored to the limited-resource setting. he has led multiple collaborative teams to develop training courses and curricula geared for the low resource setting.
Dr. Ozgediz has been a part of multiple groups advancing global surgery such as the Bellagio Essential Surgery Group and the Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group in 2008, that subsequently became the Alliance for Surgery and Anesthesia Presence (ASAP), and through contributions to Disease Control Priorities third Edition. He also has worked closely with groups such as Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS) and the Global Initiative for Children's Surgery (GICS) to evaluate interventions to strengthen surgical capacity in LMIC. He helped lead the Optimal Resources for Children's Surgery (ORECS) guidelines for children's surgery in LMIC and also works closely with the KIDS OR charity in implementation for children's surgery in LMIC and their Africa 2030 initiative.