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 resistrar 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. 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 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.
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 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.
Dr. Santee Santhanam – Sponsorship Officer
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Dr Santee Santhanam is the DAISI sponsorship officer. Dr Santhanam is a colorectal surgeon from Newcastle who has volunteered in Gizo, Taro & Munda in 2017.
Graeme Wertheimer – Medical Student Liaison Officer
Mr Graeme Wertheimer is the medical student liaison officer. Graeme is a medical student from Notre Dame university who volunteered for one week at Gizo hospital in April 2017 accompanying a general surgical and gynae team.
Nili Hali -Legal Officer
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Nili is a barrister who has provided pro bono legal support for DAISI in all matters since 2015.
Mr Sam Deylami – Finance Officer
Mr Daylami is DAISI’s official accountant and adviser in all finance matters.
Laparoscopic Program CoordinatorEmail Dr. Anubhav Mittal
Dr Anubhav Mittal is the laparoscpic program coordinator.