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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 


A Journey Around the Globe with Dr. Cara Liebert

Dr. Charles Lui

General Surgery Resident Dr. Charles Liu talks about his novel rotation with OBGYN learning techniques and procedures valuable in resource-variable settings. Read the 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. 


The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship at Byers Center for Innovation will start accepting applications soon!

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is a 10-month experience that equips aspiring innovators with a proven, repeatable process to identify important healthcare needs, invent novel health technologies to address them, and prepare to implement those products into patient care through start-up, corporate channels, or other channels. In addition, the Innovation Fellows become part of the Stanford Biodesign community, which is a life-long, worldwide network of innovators passionate about improving healthcare.

Individuals with advanced degrees and/or substantial work experience in the engineering, science, computer science, business, product design, law, medical, or nursing fields are encouraged to apply. Fellows will be selected based on their experience, passion, and drive, as well as their potential to become leading innovators in the health tech field. Applicants are welcome from any country. Applicants do not need to be US citizens.


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.