IGHS Grand Rounds with CHESA

Date: September 27, 2023
Time: 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Mission Hall 1401/1402
550 16th Street

The UCSF CHESA Fellowship Program: Fostering health equity champions in global surgery and anesthesia

The UCSF Center for Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia (CHESA) Fellowship is a one-year, multidisciplinary fellowship open to trainees and faculty worldwide who build careers focused on reducing surgical disparities through research, education, and advocacy.

With support from UCSF CHESA, Fellows lead groundbreaking initiatives to examine and address urgent challenges in global surgery and anesthesia. With a diverse community of 55 Fellows from 13 countries and 10 clinical specialties, the program has quickly grown into one of the largest global surgery fellowships in the US.

Join us for this Grand Rounds to hear an overview of the program from CHESA Fellowship co-directors Dr. Lia Jacobson and Dr. Sriranjani Padmanabhan. We will spotlight Dr. Nathan Brand, UCSF surgery resident and CHESA Fellow alumni, and his mentor Dr. Larry Akoko, associate professor of Surgery at MUHAS, who collaborated on a project to increase access to high-quality laparoscopic training and create a community of East African laparoscopic trainees and educators.


  • Lia Jacobson, MD, FAAP, MS, assistant clinical professor of pediatric otolaryngology at UCSF and CHESA co-Fellowship Director.
  • Sriranjani Padmanabhan, MD, assistant professor of ophthalmology and glaucoma specialist at UCSF and CHESA co-Fellowship Director.
  • Larry Akoko, MD, MMed, associate professor of surgery, former Head of Department at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, and Consultant General and Surgical Oncologist at Muhimbili National Hospital.
  • Nathan Brand, MD, MS, general surgery resident at UCSF. 2022-23 GloCal Fellow and CHESA Fellow.