Nobhojit Roy

Keynote Speaker

Nobhojit Roy trained as a General and Trauma surgeon in Mumbai, India and the U.K. He also holds an MPH from John Hopkins University and a PhD from the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. His research interests are surgical outcomes and health systems delivering surgical healthcare in resource-poor settings.

In his clinical career, Roy served as the Professor & Chief of Surgical services for a Universal Health Care scheme covering 100,000 people in suburban Mumbai and his Surgical department at the BARC Hospital (Government of India) is the SEARO region’s WHO Collaborating Centre for research on Surgical care delivery in Low and Middle-Income countries (LMICs)

Being the Lancet commissioner for Global Surgery ( and on the Lancet commission on NCDs and Injuries in the poorest billion ( were key academic experiences for understanding patient care issues beyond the operation theatre.

Since 2017, he has been in various key policy positions in India to increase access to essential surgery and service delivery, with improvements in supply-chain, health governance, leadership and financing through better use of health information. He served as the National Advisor, Public Health Planning and Evidence at the think-tank of the Indian Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) called the National Health systems Resource centre (NHSRC). Thereafter he has been with the technical support unit to the Department of Health, Govt of Bihar, as the Director, Health Systems Strengthening and Knowledge partnerships at CARE-India and a policy consultant with Oxford Policy Management (UK).

Through his Global surgery talks and writing, he fulfils his mandate of promoting equity-based surgical priority setting and evidence-based policy at the national and state ministries of health in the SEARO region.