Dr Carina Chow – President
Dr Carina Chow is the elected President of DAISI. Dr Chow is a Colorectal Surgeon from The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. Dr Chow has been an active member of DAISI since 2016 instrumental in establishing laparoscopic teaching in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Dr Chow also conducted the first DAISI surgical trip to Vanuatu in July 2018 and first Laparoscopic surgical program to the Highlands of PNG in 2019.
a/Prof Charbel Sandroussi – Laparoscopic Training OfficerEmail a/Prof Charbel Sandroussi
a/Prof Charbel Sandroussi is the Laparoscopic Training Officer for DAISI. a/Prof Sandroussi is an upper GI, Hepatobiliary & Transplant surgeon from Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, with a long history of interest in teaching. A/Prof Sandrousi visited National Referral Hospital (NRH) for one week from 24th-30th April and conducted a laparoscopic cholecystectomy workshop. a/Prof Sandroussi is keen to make regular trips each year to the Solomon Islands for teaching purposes, with an emphasis on training surgeons at NPH in laparoscopic surgery. a/Prof Sandroussi has also been active in the provision of surgery to Pacific Islanders coming to Sydney for necessary surgery.
Prof Peter Hewett – Solomon Islands Progam Officer
Prof. Peter Hewett is the Solomon Island’s Program Officer. Prof Hewett first volunteered in the Solomon Islands in April 2018, where he conducted the fourth laparoscopic session at National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara, teaching various aspects of general and colorectal laparoscopic surgery. Prof Hewett returns regularly. Prof Peter Hewett is a Colorectal Surgeon and the head of the Colorectal Surgical Unit at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide. Prof. Hewett is a keen academic and teacher and an associate editor for Diseases of Colorectal Surgery from 2004 to 2009. Prof. Hewett is committed to humanitarian volunteer work, with most of his overseas charitable work to date as a colorectal surgeon in mainland China. Prof. Hewett has done a number of colorectal surgery development programs in both Gizo Hospital and National Referral Hospital (NRH) in the Solomon Islands, and is currently the DAISI Solomon Islands Program Officer.
a/Prof Konrad Richter – Fiji Program Officer
a/Prof Konrad Richter is the elected Fiji Program Officer for DAISI. a/Prof Richter is a Colorectal Surgeon, and member of the CSSANZ with a particular interest in cancer surgery. Konrad is also trained in endoscopy/colonoscopy, laparoscopic surgery, upper GI & endocrine surgery. Konrad is originally from Germany but is now an established surgeon in Invercargill Hospital in the South Island of New Zealand. He has is a keen teacher, Associate Dean Southland at the Dunedin School of Medicine and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Otago. Konrad has been an active volunteer with DAISI in Fiji, and the Solomon Islands with a particular interest in the training of surgical trainees and the organisation of overseas electives.
Dr Basil Leodoro – Vanuatu Program Officer
Dr Basil Leodoro is the Vanuatu Program Officer for DAISI. Dr Leodoro is the head surgeon at Northern District Hospital, Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu and has voluntarily participated and coordinated a number of DAISI trips to NPH.
Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi – Kiribati Program Officer
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi is the current Kiribati Program Officer. Dr Lejavardi was c0-founder of DAISI, and previous elected Treasuer (2015-2017) and Chair (2018-2019). Dr Lajevardi has been instrumental in organising the donation of much needed medical supplies and organising funding grants for DAISI projects. Dr Lajevardi has a particular interest in plastics and hand/tendon surgery.
Ian Hosking Richards – Sponsorship Officer
Ian Hosking Richards is the elected Sponsorship Officer for DAISI. Mr Richards is a philanthropist, as wells as the founder of The Solomon Foundation, and the current Solomon Island’s Honorary Consul (Elect) for NSW. Ian has been actively involved on many fronts improving the delivery of medical services to the Solomon Islands. Ian has been actively involved with DAISI in the establishment of a cardiac assessment and rehab service at Gizo Hospital and National Referral Hospital and in providing surgical services to Solomon Islands requiring treatment in Australia.
Mark Taffa – PNG Program Officer
Mark Taffa is the elected PNG Program Officer. Prior to this he was the acting Secretary. Mark designs and develops medical equipment, with a keen interest in Pacific Islands development, having volunteered in the highlands of Papua New Guinea with DAISI on numerous occasions. Through his company Horten Medical, Mark has also sponsored school fees for children in Kagua (Souther Highlands of PNG). Mark is actively involved with DAISI, and a regular sponsor to the Annual DAISI Charity Ball. Mark is married to his doctor wife Maryanne, and has three sons aged , 18, 16, and 13. Mark hopes to return to PNG with his sons.
Nili Hali -Legal Officer
Nili is a barrister who has provided pro bono legal support for DAISI in all matters since 2015.
Mr Sam Deylami – Finance Officer
Mr Deylami is DAISI’s official accountant and adviser in all finance matters. In addition Mr Deylami provides pro bono services to a number of other charitable organisations.
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Dr Michael Chow – Medical Student Program Officer
Dr Michael Chow is the DAISI Medical Student Program Officer. Dr Chow is a retired dentist who has been an active DAISI volunteer since 2017. Unlike most volunteers, Dr Chow’s involvement as a DAISI volunteer has mainly been conducted here in Australia. In 2018-2019 Dr Chow was in charge of the 10 bed program at St Vincents Hospital: a project that cares for patients from the Solomon Islands needing medical and surgical treatment at St Vincent’s Hospital. Dr Chow, an active Rotarian all his life has also been instrumental in helping develop and support DAISI in the area of fundraising, as well as its organisational and committee structure. Dr Chow’s daughter Carina Chow and son-in-law Dr Ben Green, are both active DAISI volunteers.
Barry Barford – Shipping and Logistics Officer
Barry Barford is the elected Shipping and Logistics officer for DAISI. Mr Barford is a logistician and shipper of medical aid worldwide by sea, air and land modes. Also experienced in field operations, he has particular interests in the Pacific Islands, Nepal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He also manages the Berrima District Rotary project Medical Aid for Oceania and Worldwide, which provides support and funding for medical aid projects. Barry has been instrumental in coordinating the logistics for DAISI in shipping medical supplies to the Solomon Islands on many occasions.