David R. Tomlinson

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David R. Tomlinson
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Creator of:
Chief Circumcision Expert:
World Health Organization

David R. Tomlinson is the inventor of the improved Gomco, the improved Plastibell[1] and the AccuCirc devices.[2] He developed the AccuCirc after performing more than 200 circumcisions on infants.[3] The AccuCirc was developed in 2008 and released in 2009.

He also just so happens to be the "chief expert on circumcision" at the World Health Organization.[4] He has led a team of researchers from the USA and Nigeria.[1] In 2008 he presented an abstract promoting the AccuCirc device at the International AIDS conference in Mexico City.[5] He wrote a manual for the WHO on neonatal male circumcision.[1] He develops, implements and evaluates male circumcision training programs in Africa.[1]

He is a physician who teaches family medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI.[4]


From the Horse's Mouth
I’ve always been a mad scientist type… [t]he autonomy is outstanding.
– Tomlinson, D. R. (Today's Hospitalist)[2]

See also


  1. a b c d REFweb (2010). Reducing the risks of Neonatal Circumcision Icons-mini-file pdf.svg (archive URL), Clinical Inventions. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  2. a b REFnews Katz, Paula S. (September 2008)."Night work without burnout", Today's Hospitalist. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
    Quote: ...an invention: a circumcision tool to help prevent HIV that has recently been cleared by the FDA.
  3. REFweb Ion, Alex (1 April 2008). (Nearly) Foolproof Circumcision Tool (archive URL), devicepedia. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
  4. a b REFnews Hennessy-Fiske, Molly (26 September 2011)."Injuries linked to circumcision clamps", Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 April 2020.
    Quote: Dr. David Tomlinson, who teaches family medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI, and serves as the World Health Organization's chief expert on circumcision.
  5. REFweb Tomlinson, David R. (August 2008). A new technology for the prevention of complications of male circumcision and HIV risk through contaminated parts in African children (archive URL). Retrieved 10 April 2020.