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RCSI MATTERS
RCSI doctors making a difference worldwide
Inspiring work being carried out by some of the School of Medicine's leading alumni
DR KOON TEO, CLASS OF 1978
Associate Director of the Population Health
Research Institute, McMaster University, Canada
In 2014, Dr Koon Teo was recognised by Thomson
Reuters as being in the top 1 per cent of cited
researchers worldwide. Dr Teo has been lead
investigator in major high impact studies and his
recent work has focused on major clinical trials on
prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and
large epidemiology studies on the societal and
environmental causes of CVD risk factors.
Based in Ontario, Canada, Dr Teo is an Associate
Director of the Population Health Research
Institute (PHRI) providing senior leadership to the
Institute's direction and research studies. He is a
Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology
at McMaster University and an Associate Member
of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and
Biostatistics. Previously, Dr Teo served as the Acting
Director of the Division of Cardiology at McMaster
University and Hamilton Health Sciences and Chief of
Cardiology at McMaster University Medical Centre.
DR BENJAMIN LABROT, CLASS OF 2006
Founder of Floating Doctors
Dr Benjamin La Brot is a native Southern Californian with a long association with
the ocean, spending countless hours on (or under) the water from childhood.
Following his training at RCSI and subsequent work as a medical doctor in
Ireland, travel and private medical mission work in developing countries led
Dr La Brot to combine his love of the sea and medicine to bring more help to
remote rural communities. He founded the Floating Doctors in 2009, a seafaring
medical group that provides free acute and preventative health care services
and delivers donated medical supplies to remote coastal regions.
The Floating Doctors mission is to reduce the present and future burden of
disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care
delivery worldwide. In 2010, Ben led the first Floating Doctors mission to Haiti
and has been involved ever since. In 2012, he was named a CNN Hero for his
work with Floating Doctors. To find out more visit www.floatingdoctors.com
DR HOURIYA KAZIM, CLASS OF 1988
Consultant Breast Surgeon and founder of the Well
Woman Clinic and Brest Friends, Dubai
A United Arab Emirates (UAE) national, Dr Houriya
Kazim is the country's first female surgeon. After
completion of her medical degree at RCSI, she
obtained her fellowship in general surgery in 1993.
She sub-specialised in surgical oncology and, in
particular, breast surgery and reconstruction at the
Royal Marsden Hospital in London and the MD
Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas.
In 2006, Dr Kazim founded the Well Woman Clinic, in
Dubai, a multidisciplinary clinic staffed by women for
all women's health needs. In addition to her clinical
work, she founded and runs a breast cancer support
group and charity in the city called Brest Friends.
Initially, the NGO raised money for education and
awareness and now fundraises to pay for patients'
healthcare costs. In December 2014, she received an
Arab Woman's Award for Medicine. Dr Kazim is also a
freelance writer on women's health issues.