Dominique Vervoort

Dominique Vervoort, MD, is a medical doctor from Belgium with previous clinical experience at Keio University Hospital in Tokyo, He currently works as a research associate at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. Follow him on Twitter @DVervoort94.

“History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children,” said Nelson Mandela at the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children. 1.3 billion children around the…

When the UN convenes its High-Level Meeting next week on universal health coverage, increased access to surgery not only needs to be a top priority for political rhetoric but for genuine commitment.

Sitting in a large auditorium, my eyes scanned across the 300 or so highly respected cardiothoracic surgeons who came from all over Japan. Many were dozing or fast asleep. All but 5 or 6 of the…