Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi – Chairman
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi was the elected Treasurer for DAISI from 2015-2017, and the elected Chair of DAISI in 2017. Dr Lajevardi is a plastics advanced trainee from Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) hospital who, along with Dr McKay, founded DAISI first volunteering in the Solomon Islands in January 2016, doing mainly plastic surgery. He returned again to the Solomon Islands in June 2017 and returns to the South-Pacific once or twice a year on a regular basis. Dr Lajevardi has been instrumental in organising the donation of much needed medical supplies and organising funding grants for DAISI projects.
Dr Danny Kozman – Vice Chairman
Dr Danny Kozman was elected the Vice-Chair of DAISI in 2017. Dr Kozman is a colorectal surgeon from St George Hospital in Sydney who first visited Honiara and Gizo hospital in the Solomon Islands in July/August 2016 and returned again in June/July 2017. 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. He also performed the first laparoscopic abdominoperinael resection at NRH hospital in June 2017. 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 South-Pacific Islands and is a key coordinator of a surgical visit to Kiribati in July 2018. Dr Kozman would also like to see an exchange program where surgical trainees can visit Australia and New Zealand and do observational rotations in surgical units to increase their surgical exposure.
Dr. Gary McKay – Secretary
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Dr 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. Subsequent to this Dr McKay completed his surgical training. More recently Dr McKay and his wife Roshini visit the the South-Pacific at least twice a year organising volunteer surgical visits to various hospitals in the South-Pacific. Dr McKay’s main interest is working with current doctors in the South-Pacific 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 – Treasurer
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Dr Eric Yip was elected the Treasurer for DAISI in 2017. Dr Yip is an anaesthetist who works at Sydney Adventist Private Hospital, and has been a key participant in shipping medical supplies to the South-Pacific. He first visited National Referral Hospital and Gizo hospital in the Solomon Islands in Feb/March 2017, and again at NRH & Buala in Feb 2018. Dr Yip volunteers in the South-Pacific on an annual basis and is committed to fundraising for these visits.