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Start date

9 October 2016

Project title                         

Understanding Human factor related practices and Patient Safety Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa 

Principal supervisor           

Professor Peter McCulloch

Co-supervisor                     

Professor Chris Lavy

Tinashe Chandauka

MBChB (Honours) (University of Cape Town)


DPhil student

My formative experience as a South African trained medical doctor drives my work. My academic roots began at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa where I was involved in holiday work at the Anatomy lab and was elected to the Presidency of the Student Surgical Society. I was fortunate to be mentored by Professor Delawir Kahn, Chair of Surgery at UCT (2006-2016) and owe much of my early exposure to research to him. In my final year I was awarded the UCT Kerry Capstick-Dale leadership award for my leadership of student surgical education. I was fortunate to receive a Rhodes scholarship to read for a DPhil at the University of Oxford, Trinity College.

As a first year DPhil graduate student my research focuses on the relationship between human factors, adverse events and perioperative morbidity and mortality in low income and middle income countries. Creating balanced collaborative partnerships between my team's work at Oxford with surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff from the developing world is an important and fulfilling part of my daily work.

Research Interests: Human factors; Patient safety; Global Surgery; General Surgery, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and International Development.

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