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We look forward to welcoming 2020 Travel Fellowship recipients Justina Onyioza Seyi-Olajide, MBBS, Lagos, Nigeria, and Dr. Truc Thanh Nguyen, HoChiMinh City, Vietnam, to the APSA 2020 Annual Meeting next May.

The Travel Fellowships, supported by APSA and the APSA Foundation, enable young surgeons from low-middle income countries to attend and experience the educational and networking opportunities of the APSA Annual Meeting. It includes travel to and attendance at the event; a presentation to the APSA membership on his/her background, current practice and future goals; and an opportunity for an extended clinical observership in a U.S. hospital. 

Dr. Seyi-Olajide is a consulting pediatric surgeon at the 700-bed training/referral Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She is also an associate editor of “Paediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Textbook for Africa, 2nd Edition” and a collaborator in Global PaedSurg Africa and in the Surgeons OverSeas Assessment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) Nigeria study. She is looking forward to learning about the latest techniques used to manage complex anorectal malformation and will spend time at Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Nguyen is a surgical oncologist and vice head of the Day Surgery Department at Children’s Hospital No 2, one of the two largest children’s hospitals in the south of Vietnam, which sees 3,000 to 5,000 patients each day in their outpatient clinic. As a leader in establishing a tumor board at the hospital, she is especially interested in current treatment options for tumor patients and will take part in an observership at Children’s of Alabama.

“The APSA Annual Meeting is an important forum for sharing challenges and triumphs that are unique to each individual and common to the profession. It allows us to strengthen the community of pediatric surgeons, and we look forward to welcoming our 2020 Travel Fellows, Dr. Seyi-Olajide and Dr. Nguyen,” said APSA President Joseph P. Vacanti, MD.

“The travel fellowships allow the APSA Foundation to promote its mission of encouraging pediatric surgery research and education. The program offers an exchange of information and collaboration that may otherwise be unavailable,” noted APSAF Board of Directors Chair Thomas M. Krummel, MD.