Strengthening global partnerships

A photo of a surgical suite at the Nazem Kadri Surgical Centre at London Health Sciences Centre.

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is a leading research-intensive acute care teaching hospital that attracts some of the brightest minds from around the world.  

As a system leader with a duty to support international best practices, research and medical education, LHSC is working to strengthen relationships with global medical and academic communities. As part of this important work, a small team of clinical and administrative leaders from LHSC are undertaking international visits to bolster medical education and training, academic relationships and exchange global best practices in the Middle East between November 9 to 17, 2023.

Historically, London’s health system has benefited greatly from international training programs and academic partnerships in these and other countries.

“At LHSC, we believe that health care transcends borders and helps to build bridges,” said Dr. Abdel-Rahman Lawendy,  Orthopaedic Surgeon and Medical Director, Ambulatory Surgical Centre, LHSC and Professor of Surgery, Western University. “Through the development of these global medical and academic relationships, we are able to advance best practices in care and research, train and educate the health care leaders of tomorrow, and establish a strong network of talent – both locally and abroad.”

Dr. Lawendy is world-renowned for the development of leading-edge innovations like the Nazem Kadri Surgical Centre, a high-efficiency surgical model that helps enable more day surgeries to be successfully performed, improving patient experience and reducing wait times and costs.

LHSC and its academic and health system partners have longstanding and established partnerships with many of the leaders and institutions with whom the team will be meeting. Local institutions in the Middle East are familiar with LHSC’s strong academic mandate and eager to collaborate and consult on system transformation.

LHSC is known for its high quality of care and expertise in various medical specialties, as well as leading medical research and innovation. This travel presents an opportunity to learn from international partners while advising on LHSC’s leading knowledge and practices. Like many of our peer hospitals in Canada, potential partnerships range from training fellowships, to research collaborations, to consultations on clinical programs and health system design.

“Given the unique role LHSC plays in southwestern Ontario, we have a duty to support and advance international medical education,” adds Dr. Lawendy. “Continuing to foster collaborations with global health care leaders not only promotes research, education and innovation, but will lead to improvements in care for the patients and families at home and around the world.”