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Ava Yap, M.D., M.H.Sc.

Ava Yap, M.D., M.H.Sc.

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General Surgery

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Ava Yap, MD, MHS was born in Canada and spent her upbringing in Hong Kong before moving to the US for college. She is now a general surgery trainee at UCSF. She previously worked in a range of healthcare systems in Canada, Peru, Ecuador, Uganda and Malaysia, all which fostered a dedicated interest in addressing the global health inequity witnessed during her travels.

She is mentored by the Director of the UCSF Center of Health Equity in Surgery and Anesthesia Dr. Doruk Ozgediz. She also collaborates with the pediatric surgical team in Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and charity KidsOR to work towards alleviating the tremendous deficit in pediatric surgical capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. She completed her Master's in Health Sciences and conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) that demonstrated that implementation of a pediatric operating room in Uganda was very cost effective. These results strengthened international partnerships with involved sites in low-middle income countries (LMICs), expanded operating room facilities in 21+ LMICs, and mobilized stakeholders to take notice in the investment of pediatric surgical infrastructure worldwide.

She now remains focused in the economic evaluation of surgical capacity building in low resource settings as she plans to forge a career towards global academic pediatric surgery.
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Health Sciences
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Resident Clinical and Translational Research Funding Award
Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum Excellence in Research Award
American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
Richard K. Gershion One Year Research Fellowship
Yale School of Medicine
2016 - 2017
Wilbur G. Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship
Yale School of Medicine
  • Global health
  • heath equity
  • capacity building
  • economic evaluation
  • pediatric surgery
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  1. Yap A, Cheung M, Muzira A, Healy J, Kakembo N, Kisa P, Cunningham D, Youngson G, Sekabira J, Yaesoubi R, Ozgediz D. Best Buy in Public Health or Luxury Expense?: The Cost-effectiveness of a Pediatric Operating Room in Uganda From the Societal Perspective. Ann Surg. 2019 Mar 19. View in PubMed
  2. Yap A, Cheung M, Kakembo N, Kisa P, Muzira A, Sekabira J, Ozgediz D. From Procedure to Poverty: Out-of-Pocket and Catastrophic Expenditure for Pediatric Surgery in Uganda. J Surg Res. 2018 12; 232:484-491. View in PubMed
  3. Yap A, Muzira A, Cheung M, Healy J, Kakembo N, Kisa P, Cunningham D, Youngson G, Sekabira J, Yaesoubi R, Ozgediz D. A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Pediatric Operating Room in Uganda. Surgery. 2018 11; 164(5):953-959. View in PubMed


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