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2012 Resident Volunteer Award: Robin T. Petroze

Dr. Petroze with her team of student interviewers after completing the Surgeons OverSeas Assessment of Surgical Need in Rwanda.

Robin T. Petroze, MD, received the 2012 Surgical Volunteerism Award for outreach during residency for her collaboration with the medical leadership in Rwanda to improve the quality and availability of surgical care. As a general surgery resident and research fellow at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Dr. Petroze was awarded a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship in 2010 to study the burden of surgical disease in Rwanda. Her work has included implementing a nationwide hospital-based capacity survey, a nationwide population study to determine surgical needs at the community level, and a trauma registry at the two university teaching hospitals. Dr. Petroze’s many collaborations with the Rwandan surgical community include assisting the Ministry of Health with developing a national injury care and prevention plan. She has been named a Research Fellow by the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Rwanda. Dr. Petroze is completing a MPH degree at UVA and is developing sustainable programs for international surgical education and development.