Global Engagement

"Through our global engagement efforts, Stanford Surgery can play an important role in promoting education, clinical training, research, and innovation in surgical sciences worldwide. As we grow more interconnected, we are committed to working with others to identify solutions for the world, improve knowledge for humanity, and expand education for a life of purpose."

- Mary Hawn, Emile Holman Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery

Our vision is to build bridges founded on excellence in patient-centered surgical care to promote solutions for the world, knowledge for humanity, and education for a life of purpose.

The mission of Global Engagement within the Department of Surgery is to improve, strengthen, support, and expand collaboration with international partners in education, research, clinical training, and innovation as they pertain to surgery and associated disciplines. Through this program the Department of Surgery provides resources, guidance, support, and structured mentorship to students, trainees, researchers, academicians, and clinical faculty to develop sustainable, bidirectional partnerships. It also seeks to advance the science of safety, quality improvement, and implementation, and support colleagues in addressing such needs.  

We aim to: 

1)    Foster bidirectional, sustainable partnerships 
2)    Increase and disseminate knowledge 
3)    Transform and improve practice 
4)    Develop and promote future leaders 
5)    Inform policy 

Explore the sections below to learn more about our opportunities in global surgery and read about the surgeons who have participated in them:

Meet past visiting observers:

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Second UGHE Scholar to Train at Stanford's MixedMethods Workshop

Dr. Derbew Fikadu Berhe—a researcher, educator, and pharmacologist—will be the second UGHE scholar to train at Stanford Mixed Methods Workshop thanks to sponsorship from the Department of Surgery's Office of Global Engagement.

Greening the OR

General Surgery Resident Dr. Jaclyn Wu talks to StanfordMed Magazine about her efforts to Green the OR. Read the story.

Key Collaborator from UGHE, Dr. Barnabas Alayande, visits Stanford

Stanford Surgery has begun engaging in collaborative work in partnership with the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda with a shared goal of promoting health education and surgical skills training. Global Engagement hosted Dr. Barnabas Alayande, a general surgeon and key coordinator of the activities, as a scholarly guest from March 25th to April 3rd, 2023.


Apply for a 2024 Global Health Seed Grant

The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the annual Stanford Global Health Seed Grant program. This program, in partnership with funders and organizations across Stanford, encourages the development of innovative solutions to global health and planetary health challenges. Research projects that have strong potential to generate solutions and impact, and/or scale-up into larger initiatives are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the program and special funding areas here, and apply by March 29, 2024.


On May 7th, Global Engagement hosted Dr. Kristin L. Long, the 2024 Society of University Surgeons (SUS) Global Surgery Scholarship awardee who delivered a talk entitled “Turbulence: Bumps in the Road of Hybrid Global Surgery Efforts.”

Holman Day 2023

Global Engagement fellows Maia Nofal and Tyler Wilson present their studies at Holman Day 2023.

Can medical mission trips make a lasting impact? Dr. Anna Luan’s new research shows that it can. She talks about her paper published in the March edition of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery titled “Expansion of Reconstructive Surgery Capacity in Vietnam” and ReSurge International’s visiting educator program.

We welcomed Gifty Kwakye, MD, MPH to Stanford Surgery as part of our junior faculty exchange program. Dr. Kwakye is a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Colorectal Surgery at Michigan University. She presents "Cancer Screening: When one Scope Doesn't Fit All" at Department Grand Rounds on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Dr. Jim Chang talks about Stanford's efforts in global reconstructive surgery.

Amber Trickey, PhD, MS, CPH presents "How to Work Effectively With Your Biostatistician" at S-SPIRE's Monthly Work in Progress Session on November 8, 2022. Dr. Trickey is a Senior Biostatistician at S-SPIRE.