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 


Dr. Jim Chang

Dr. Chang envisioned training a generation of reconstructive surgeons in lower and middle income (LMIC) countries by teaching them the principles of reconstructive plastic surgery.  These pioneering surgeons would, in turn, train many others, thus building a country’s capacity in reconstructive surgery. Read his story.

In the news

ENTRUST on ScrubCast

The ENTRUST team comes on the Stanford Surgery podcast to talk about how their serious game-based patient assessment platform went global... thanks to COVID. 

Dr. Visser Receives AHPBF Humanitarian Award

Dr. Brendan Visser has received the Gazi Zibari Global Outreach Humanitarian Award from the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Foundation (AHPBF).

Surgery, OBGYN combine for new Global Surgery Rotation

The Departments of General Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology (ObGyn) have combined resources to create a new elective rotation designed to give general surgeons the tools they need to provide life-saving obstetric and gynecologic surgical care in low-resource settings, both abroad and in the US. 

GenSurg Resident Reduces SSIs in Ethiopia

Dr. Jared Forrester, a general surgery resident, spent his professional development years in Ethiopia developing a program to reduce surgical site infections in low-resource settings. 



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. Kwkye 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.