Dr Ed Fitzgerald qualified from Oxford University, and undertook surgical training in Nottingham and London. He has over 12 years’ experience working in the NHS and international health systems. His clinical and research activities encompass global surgery and gastrointestinal disease. He has helped pioneer development of collaborative research networks through the STARSurg.org and GlobalSurg.org initiatives, validating ‘crowdsourced’ research methods in surgery at a global scale.
He is Clinical Advisor to the Lifebox Foundation, working to make surgery safer in low-resource countries. This has taken him to Ethiopia, Rwanda, and the Congo, developing implementation science behind surgical safety initiatives including the WHO Checklist, and developing high-quality, affordable surgical instruments for challenging global health settings. Ed has held a number of national leadership roles, and has received several high-profile awards, including the Royal Society of Medicine’s Tanner Medal, and the Royal College of Surgeons’ Margaret Witt Scholarship. He is a Past-President of the Association of Surgeons in Training.