Meet our Assistant Chair of Global Surgery
Dr. Robin Petroze is an assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and has a joint appointment in the UF Department of Environmental and Global Health. Dr. Petroze’s research focuses on evaluating barriers to care and differential outcomes for pediatric surgery in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). She is particularly interested in developing innovative solutions to improving outcomes and participating in the development of multi-institutional outcomes studies for pediatric surgery in East Africa. Additionally, she is interested in collaborative education in global health and developing a framework for global health competencies in residency training.
As a surgical resident, Dr. Petroze received an NIH Fogarty International Fellowship to study access to surgical care, capacity for emergency and essential surgery and educational development in Rwanda. She completed the first WHO comprehensive nationwide assessment of surgical capacity in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda in 2010 and worked collaboratively with the University of Rwanda to develop and implement a trauma registry at the two university referral hospitals in the country. Working with an international advisory board, Dr. Petroze was instrumental in the development of the Surgeons Overseas Assessment of Surgical Need (SOSAS) study, which has been used to assess neglected surgical disease at the population level in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Nepal. Dr. Petroze is the recipient of the 2012 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism Award and the 2015 Association of Women Surgeons Resident of the Year for her global health research and advocacy in Rwanda. Dr. Petroze continues to focus her research, teaching, and advocacy on access to equitable care in underserved populations both internationally and domestically. She has served as an examiner for pediatric surgery certification in COSECSA (College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa) and is currently continuing her greater than 10-year partnership in Rwanda through the development of a prospective neonatal surgical outcomes database and is currently serving as a Fogarty mentor to a surgical resident.
Lindsey Brinkley is a third year undergraduate studying Microbiology and Cell Science with a minor in Pathogenesis. She is interested in attending medical school after her undergraduate studies to become a pediatric surgeon. Ultimately, Lindsey would like to develop her own nonprofit to work on establishing sustainable medical infrastructure around the world. Currently, Lindsey volunteers for Haven Hospice, works in Dr. Nelson’s lab at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute and is on the board for the University of Florida’s Preprofessional Service Organization. In her free time she loves to run and spend time outdoors seeing what Gainesville has to offer.