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2021 Academic Global Surgeon Award: Chandrakanth Are (2021)

Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, FACS, FRCS, will receive the inaugural Academic Global Surgeon Award for his efforts in creating and sustaining various global curricula and programs in surgical oncology to help alleviate health care disparities in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with a particular focus on India.

Dr. Are, the JL & CJ Varner Professor of Surgical Oncology & Global Health, and vice-chair of education, department of surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Omaha, has been closely involved in the surgical global outreach efforts of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) and served as the chair of the SSO International Committee. During his tenure as chair, he led the joint efforts between the SSO and the European Society of Surgical Oncology to develop a Global Curriculum in Surgical Oncology, which highlights the global variation in cancer care education and makes the case for a streamlined global surgical oncology curriculum of uniform standards. This resource-stratified curriculum can be used as a foundational platform for training surgical oncologists, which is critical in LMICs. The modular nature of this curriculum helps each country select elements that are suitable for their local and regional needs and, perhaps most importantly, that are affordable given their available resources. Several countries have reached out to explore pathways to regionally implement the curriculum, with one expressing interest in implementing it across their entire nation.

In addition, Dr. Are developed a global curriculum in research literacy for surgical oncologists, the main purpose of which is to build the research infrastructure and capacity in countries where research can be difficult to conduct because of limited resources, lack of training, and so on. For example, Dr. Are initiated the Global Cancer Surgery Research Collaborative between the UNMC and a tertiary care cancer center in India. As the founding director of the collaborative, Dr. Are and his team stimulate trainees and junior faculty to pursue and include research in their daily practice.

Dr. Are also is the founding director of the Global Forum of Cancer Surgeons (GFCS), which was formed under the auspices of the SSO in 2017 and comprises 15 oncology societies from around the world. The membership of the GFCS represents approximately 75 to 80 percent of the global cancer burden by incidence and mortality and is aimed at improving surgical care for cancer patients through multidisciplinary clinical care, education, research, outreach, advocacy, and leadership.

Within his home institution of UNMC, Dr. Are initiated an exchange program to train Indian surgeons in the U.S. As founding director of the program, he helped develop a memorandum of understanding between UNMC and the State of Andhra Pradesh, now divided into Andhra and Telangana, in 2009. Since then, Dr. Are has facilitated visits of nearly Indian 900 candidates to UNMC, including medical students, residents/fellows, and faculty. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, in a given month between two and six candidates were on the campus, and some students' entire visits are supported through grants. Dr. Are also initiated and developed a novel International Surgery Fellowship for the general surgery residency program at UNMC.

In India, he performed an assessment of educational gaps and needs for oncology professionals and obtained grants for assessing educational gaps and needs for oncology professionals, which included surveys done at the annual meetings of the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology in India.