Yvan Zolo is a 2022 Mandela Rhodes scholar and a Global Surgery Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He obtained his Doctor of medicine degree in 2021 from the University of Buea, Cameroon.
Yvan strongly believes that people of African descent have common interests and should be unified. He is passionate about leadership through personal development for the emancipation of Africa by Africans.
He is also passionate about neurosurgery, medical education, research, and the utilization of space and space technologies to improve the provision of safe, timely, and affordable surgical care in resource-limited settings. He has nurtured his interests in numerous organizations, including the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies’ Global Neurosurgery Junior Committee, where he is a member of the advocacy and secretariat teams.
He developed his passion for research, medical education, and global neurosurgery in the Association of Future African Neurosurgeons (AFAN). As an AFAN research fellow, Yvan published more than a dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and made abstract presentations at international conferences. One of his landmark papers published in the British Journal of Neurosurgery investigated the motivations, needs, and challenges aspiring neurosurgeons face. Yvan and his co-authors used their findings to develop opportunities for aspiring neurosurgeons.
Yvan co-founded a start-up that was a finalist in the Stanford Global Health Innovation Challenge. His leadership skills have led him to the presidency of AFAN, where he has overseen its expansion across Africa.
He does a master of sciences in global surgery at the University of Cape Town, and his work is focused on the neurooncological and related neurosurgical workforce in Africa as a means to improve brain and spine cancer care on the continent.
He currently volunteers his time as an Associate editor and peer reviewer for the International Journal of Medical Students and the Pan African Medical Journal.