Voting for upcoming DAISI elections is now open:
Votes for nominees will be accepted the entire month of October, with voting closing at 5pm the last day of October. Elected members will be declared at the DAISI charity ball on Friday 3rd November 2017.
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi is a plastics advanced trainee registrar from Concord Hospital, who, along with Dr Mckay, founded DAISI first volunteering in the Solomon Islands in January 2016, doing mainly plastics and hand/tendon surgery. He returned again in June 2017 and returns on a regular basis and is currently the elected Treasurer of DAISI. Dr Lajevardi has been instrumental in organising the donation of much needed medical supplies and organising funding grants for DAISI projects.
Dr Gary McKay
Dr Gary McKay, a general & colorectal surgeon from Sydney and Secretary & founder of DAISI has a commitment to developing world medicine. Dr McKay studied medicine at Newcastle university where he was president of the Third World Interest Group (TWIG) responsible for sending medical students to developing countries for their final year electives. Dr McKay spent four years with his wife Roshini (also a nurse) doing full-time volunteer work and established Vision 2000 Community Health Centre in a slum district of Chennai, South India in 1994. More recently Dr McKay and his wife Roshini visit the Solomon Islands at least twice a year organising volunteer surgical visits to various hospitals in the Solomon Islands including Honiara, Munda, Gizo & Kirakira. Dr McKay’s main interest is working with current doctors in the Solomon Islands teaching various aspects of general, colorectal and laparoscopic surgery. Dr McKay is also a keen supporter of international exchange electives for doctors and medical students.
Dr Eric Yip
Dr Eric Yip is an anaesthetist who works at Ryde Public and Mater Private Hospital, and has been a key participant in shipping medical supplies to the Solomon Islands. He visited National Referral Hospital and Gizo hospital in Feb/March 2017, and plans to return to the Solomon Islands in Feb/Mar 2018, and would like to be involved with the organisation of DAISI missions.
Dr Daniel Kozman
Dr Danniel Kozman is a colorectal surgeon from St George and Bankstown hospital in Sydney who first visited Honiara and Gizo hospital in July/August 2016. Dr Kozman is keen on teaching all aspects of colorectal and laparoscopic surgery and performed the first open ultra low anterior resection for rectal cancer at Gizo hospital amongst 27 other operations that visit. Although Dr Kozman has a wife and young kids and a busy practice in Sydney he is committed to developing colorectal surgical services in the Solomon Islands and is a key coordinator of a laparoscopic course planned for June/July 2017 at Honiara & Gizo hospitals. Dr Kozman would also like to see an exchange program where surgical trainees can visit Australia and New Zeakand and do observational rotations in surgical units to increase their surgical exposure.