Magdalena Gruendl, MPH

is a medical student in Freiburg and a PhD student in Epidemiology in Munich who is currently doing research in Boston at the Department of Global Surgery and Social Change and in Rwanda focusing on Global Surgery and Surgical Site Infection.



Paul I. Heidekrueger, MD, PhD

received his M.D. from the Technical University Munich and completed a plastic surgery residency at the Academic Teaching Hospital Bogenhausen, Germany. Dr. Heidekrueger is a board-certified plastic surgeon and currently holds a position as a research fellow at the University Medical Centre of Plastic, Aesthetic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery Regensburg, Germany. He is an associate Surgeon of INTERPLAST Germany and a lecturer in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Technical University Munich and University of Regensburg. His academic career focuses on surgical training in low- and middle-income countries, with a specific interest in reconstructive surgery.


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Hanna Kaade,  MD

is a Syrian Medical Doctor. Dr. Kaade moved to Germany in July 2016 to pursue the continuation of his residency in general surgery; he had previously  finalized the first two years of his residency in Aleppo, Syria.  Dr Kaade has volunteered with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for more than 10 years (National First Aid Committee Member, First Aid and Clinics Coordinator) and  worked with the World Health Organization as a Public Health Officer in Syria from 2013 to 2016. Dr. Kaade has a passion for humanitarian work especially as it impacts health care.  Based on his experiences in surgery and public health, Dr. Kaade is very interested in advancing the mandate of Global Surgery.


International advisory board

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA