Dr. Regan Guilfoyle, OIS Director
Dr. Guilfoyle is a pediatric plastic surgeon and director of the Office of International Surgery. She grew up in Manitoba but lived in both the Caribbean and South America prior to her undergraduate studies. She completed a degree in environmental sciences at McGill University and then returned to Manitoba to complete her medical degree at the University of Manitoba. She trained as a resident in plastic surgery at the University of Alberta and later trained as a fellow in pediatric plastic surgery at the University of British Columbia
Dr. Guilfoyle has in interest in community and service development in under-served populations. She worked for one year as a volunteer assistant coordinator for literacy project in Georgetown, Guyana and volunteered at drop-in center for children, in downtown Winnipeg, during her medical school training. She is very excited to be involved in developing the international surgery program at the University of Alberta.
Jessica Hogan, OIS Advisor & Administrator
Jessica is a registered pediatric intensive care flight nurse who has worked at the Stollery Children’s hospital for seven years. Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Jessica has volunteered with ICChange since her undergraduate years and has returned to Kenya each year since 2010 to work on various initiatives. She has coordinated educational models for the Kenya Ceramic Project (KCP) in health promotion strategies within Western Kenya, as well as for ICChange’s Global Citizenship Curriculum (GCC). In focusing her research efforts on trauma care reform in East Africa, Jessica is pursuing her Masters of Science in Surgery at the University of Alberta.
You can reach Jessica at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries pertaining to the Office of International Surgery.
Sandy Widder, MD, FRCSC, FACS, MHA, MSc QIPS
Dr Sandy Widder has been a faculty member of the Department of Surgery at the University of Alberta as an acute care/ trauma surgeon and Intensivist since 2008. She completed her Critical Care/ Trauma fellowship at the University of Calgary and a visiting fellowship at Ryder Trauma Centre in Miami, Florida. She has a Masters in Health Administration from UBC and has completed a Masters in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety from the University of Toronto. She has recently been appointed as the Faculty Section Head for Trauma at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Dr Widder has a strong interest in enhancing communication, promoting team cohesiveness and optimizing leadership in trauma resuscitation and has developed and co-developed training courses and simulations which are taught at a national level.
Vanessa Fawcett, MD, MPH, FRCSC
Vanessa Fawcett is an Assistant Professor of General & Trauma Surgery at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, University of Alberta. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of British Columbia, a Master of Public Health in Global Health at Harvard University, followed by a fellowship in Trauma & Surgical Critical Care at Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle. Prior to joining the faculty at the U of A, she spent a year working as a surgical instructor in Rwanda. Clinical and research interests focus on global surgery and injury prevention.