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Global Surgical Advisors

Global Surgical Advisors

The RCS has established a network of Global Surgical Advisors to represent the college and act as a strategic voice for international members. Supported by the Global Affairs Office, these new roles will help to shape and influence our engagement with overseas institutions, establish networks of Country Advisors and promote RCS projects, research, collaborations, examinations, courses and standards internationally.  

With approximately 20% of our members residing outside the UK in almost 100 countries, this is an exciting time to get involved in the international work of the RCS. Our ambitious global strategy aims to proactively engage all our members, stakeholders and partners; advance surgical care, training, research and standards globally; and increase the profile and influence of the RCS as a leading advocate for improving access to safe, affordable surgery. 

Remit of the Global Surgical Advisor

Global Surgical Advisors (GSAs) play an important and strategic role in representing the RCS within a specified overseas geographical region.  They act as key points of contact for members residing in these regions and for UK-based members who have an interest in or wish to engage or collaborate internationally.  Global Surgical Advisors are responsible for working with the Global Affairs Office to develop appropriate strategic relationships within their respective regions and providing the lead on RCS engagement and project collaborations with the aim of enhancing and maintaining international standards in the practice of surgery.  Key aspects of the role include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to the development of the RCS global strategy and leading on the formulation of engagement plans for their respective regions.
  • Developing and maintaining effective communications with RCS members, including ascertaining the views and concerns of members on relevant issues and adequately representing these views on the Global Affairs Standing Committee.
  • Identifying emerging issues and advising the Global Affairs Standing Committee on the implications of any policies, curricula changes, practice developments, research, strategies or discussions on the direction of RCS international activities or its overseas members.

Download full Terms of reference for the Global Surgical Advisor role. 

RCS support for the role

Global Surgical Advisors will be expected to work closely with the RCS Global Affairs Office as they undertake their role.In return, Advisors will receive the following support:

  1. Induction programme;
  2. Administrative and project support from the Global Affairs Office;
  3. Development of a network of Country Advisors within each RCS region to support the Global Surgical Advisor role;
  4. Access to a Global Surgical Advisor Performance Toolkit and Framework[1]; and
  5. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses to attend one Global Affairs Standing Committee meeting in person during the RCS financial year.


Global Surgical Advisor has been appointed for the following regions:

  • Americas: VACANT
  • Europe: VACANT
  • Middle East and North Africa: Professor Mohamad Khalife, Professor of Surgery, Lebanon
  • South East Asia:VACANT
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Professor Miliard Derbew, Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Ethiopia
  • Western Pacific:  Professor Peter Anderson, Senior Consultant Craniofacial Surgeon, Australia
 Vacant positions are open for expressions of interest.

How to apply?

Expressions on interest for these positions are invited from Fellows who feel that they are able to contribute to our global agenda and international work. Applicants do not necessarily need to be based in the region that they wish to represent but they must demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the region, as well as have established networks. Applicants from non-UK Fellows are particularly encouraged. Appointments will be approved by Council for a term of three years in the first instance. 

To apply for the vacant positions, please email a completed Expression of Interest Form together with a full CV to the Global Affairs Office

Please check the Terms of reference  for further information on the eligibility criteria. 


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