Neurosurgery in the Amazon Rainforest


4-5:30pm

Mission Hall, 1401
550 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

Dr. Erik L. Jennings Simões is a neurosurgeon who works deep in the Amazon rainforest. He was the founder of the first public service of neurosurgery in the interior of the Brazilian Amazon. For over 18 years, has been operated on patients with specific neurological diseases contracted in the forest, such as intracranial hematoma caused by snake bite, head trauma by falling hedgehog nuts and accidents involving encounters with trees and wildlife. Along with frequent visits to the interior, he was appointed health coordinator of the Zoé people, an indigenous, recently contacted tribe of the Amazon rain forest. Dr. Simões' lecture will focus on personal experiences in the rainforest as well as the ethical, cultural, logistical and other aspects of providing health care to recently-contacted populations. 

Please join the upcoming Global Cancer Lecture, Neurosurgery in the Amazon Rainforest, presented by Dr. Erik L Jennings Simões. This lecture is co-hosted by the UCSF Global Cancer Program and the Institute for Global Health Sciences.