My name is Dernas and I'm very excited to be the Lead for CLEFT Hull York Medical School this year! To be a great lead student ambassador for CLEFT, it will take someone who has passion for global surgery, charity and leadership.

I vividly remember it was Mr Kelvin Mizen, lead surgeon for a charity called ‘Facing Africa’, who intrigued me by global surgery during a talk at a conference. I was fascinated by the massive change a single individual had manifested in the treatment of Noma, a condition associated with an incredibly high death rate due to the lack of treatment. Since then, I have actively sought opportunities to get involved in global surgery. Most notably, having recently organised and led a team to a successful fun run in collaboration with Lifebox GSA and The Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians Glasgow.