Fiona Bryce is a recently retired obstetrician and gynecologist from the U.K. She worked for the National Health Service for 36 years and, prior to retirement, was also Clinical Director in Obstetrics and Gynecology at South Tees Hospital Middlesbrough. Fiona joined Kybele Ghana in January 2011 and was co-developer of the obstetric triage training program. More recently, she has worked to deliver the MEBCI (Making Every Baby Count Initiative) to four regional hospitals in Ghana. The initiative is an 18-month program offered in partnership with PATH and the Ghana Health Service that aimed to train 300 maternity services professionals in the essentials of newborn resuscitation, essential newborn care, and infection control and prevention. Further, she has been involved in Kybele’s Whatsapp emergency referral project. Fiona has also delivered obstetric emergency training programs with the Royal College of Obstetricians and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Curtis Baysinger, M.D., obtained his medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and currently works as a professor of anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Much of his 38-year career has been spent working in anesthesia for women’s care and obstetric anesthesia. Curtis acts as the co-team leader for the Serbia project and has also served in Bosnia and Ghana. He enjoys using both didactic and hands-on teaching to improve the capacity of healthcare professionals around the world.
Lisa Corbett, M.D., is the assistant service line director for Anesthesiology at Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua, WI. She has served Kybele as a team leader for the Georgia, Armenia, and Romania projects and is currently active as a team leader for the Ukraine project. Her passions include teaching and traveling, so Kybele has allowed her to combine these loves in a humanitarian way. She considers serving on the Kybele Board of Directors a privilege and is honored to provide her experience and passion to help move the mission forward.
Melvin Seid, M.D., FACOG, is an obstetric hospitalist with OB Hospitalist Group who practices in South Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, he was the director of clinical research at Lyndhurst Gynecologic Associates and chairman of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. Melvin has contributed to numerous Kybele initiatives, including its work in Mongolia, Ghana, Vietnam, Serbia, Armenia, and Georgia.
David Goodman, M.D., MPH, FACOG, is an obstetric and gynecologic hospitalist at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies in Orlando, FL, where he directs the Global Health Scholars Program. Prior to moving to Orlando in 2017, he completed a global health fellowship with the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health at Duke University. He served at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania, as an attending physician and conducted research related to low-resource fetal monitoring that was funded by the Fulbright Scholar Program and Fogarty Global Health Fellowship. David has been involved with Kybele since 2014, when he traveled to Ghana as a resident. David has co-authored several manuscripts for Kybele and continues to be active with project planning, data analysis, and manuscript writing.
Ron George, M.D., is a professor of anesthesia at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and a staff anesthesiologist in the Department of Women’s and Obstetric Anesthesia at the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Health Centre. His areas of clinical and research interest include labor and postoperative analgesia, complications and side effects of neuraxial anesthesia, and airway management. Ron has received a number of research awards, including the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Zuspan Award for collaborative research with obstetrics and gynecology colleagues, the Dick Smith Post-doctoral Clinical Research Award at Duke University, and the award for Best Obstetric Anesthesia Paper at the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society (CAS) Meeting in 2007 (co-author). His research projects have been funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the IWK Health Centre and the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. Prior to joining Dalhousie University in 2007, Ron completed a research/clinical fellowship in women’s anesthesia at Duke University Medical Center.
Ann Smith, M.S.N., R.N., NNP-BC, is the director of women services at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Maya Angelou Women’s Health and Wellness Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. The center is the largest birthing facility in North Carolina, the regional perinatal referral center for 20 counties in northwest North Carolina (in collaboration with Wake Forest Baptist Health), and home to a universal postnatal nurse home visiting program. She has a Ph.D. in Nursing Practice and is a NICU specialist with over 33 years of nursing experience. Ann has provided critical expertise to Kybele’s programs, including serving with the Ghana team.