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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.
  Dept or School    
  End Date    
  • Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
  • MHS
  • Health Sciences
  • 6/2018
  • Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA
  • MD
  • Medicine
  • 6/2018
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • BA
  • Biology
  • 6/2013
  •   Award  
      Confired By    
  • Resident Clinical and Translational Research Funding Award
  • UCSF
  • 2020
  • Owen H. Wangensteen Scientific Forum Excellence in Research Award
  • American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
  • 2017
  • 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
  • 2014
    • 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. 2021 Feb 01; 273(2):379-386. 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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