The Role of Medical Students in Global Neurosurgery Committee 1.0


  • Nathan A Shlobin Department of Neurological Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Samantha Sadler Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
  • Setthasorn ZY Ooi Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  • Vigneshwar Raj Veerappan Hull York Medical School, University of York, York, United Kingdom
  • Olaoluwa Ezekiel Dada College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Yvan zolo Division of Global Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Andre Boyke Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, USA
  • Edward Ham Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA



global health, global neurosurgery, global surgery, neurological surgery, public health


In 2019, the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) established an ad hoc Global Neurosurgery Committee (GNC) to coordinate its global efforts to promote equitable neurosurgical care. Medical students have been essential to the GNC since its first generation (“GNC 1.0”). We describe the integration of medical students in GNC 1.0 and provide suggestions on the incorporation of medical students into the second-generation GNC (“GNC 2.0”).