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News and Events


Global Surgery Satellite Session

April 6, Washington, DC

CUGH Conference

April 6–9, Washington, DC

Global Surgery for the Young Surgeon webinar

April 19

Leading by Example—Volunteerism in Your Own Backyard at Leadership and Advocacy Summit

May 6–9, Washington, DC

Clinical Congress 2017

October 22–26, San Diego, CA


Surgeons help with recovery after earthquake in Nepal

Micah Katz, MD; Katie Russell, MD; Dean Cardinale; Thomas White, MD, FACS; Patrick Reddish; and Courtney Scaife, MD, FACS
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, November 2015

Operation Giving Back: Let's make a difference in global surgical outreach

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS
ACS Surgery News, October 2015

The Emergence and Future of Global Surgery in the United States

Haile T. Debas, MD
JAMA, September 2015

Dr. Debas examines the need for an integrated response in the U.S. to global surgery in this JAMA opinion piece. U.S. academic institutions and American surgical associations, including the ACS, should drive the global effort, he says.

How Surgery Can Fight Global Poverty

Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS, and John G. Meara, MD, FACS
The New York Times, September 25, 2015

Drs. Shrime and Meara examine the role that surgery plays in the fight against global poverty.  In the article, they point out that the United Nations 17 proposed sustainable development goals, aimed at combating poverty and inequality, cannot be met without improving access to global surgery.

ACS Commends WHA Adoption of Resolution on Components of Universal Health Coverage 

May 18, 2015

During its 68th meeting, held May 18-22, the World Health Assembly (WHA) adopted a resolution on strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia as a component of universal health coverage.

Recordings and Podcasts

Recovery Room: Mission to Heal

November 2015

In this episode of The Recovery Room, host Dr. Rick Greene speaks with Glenn Geelhoed, MD, FACS, a professor of surgery at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, and the founder of Mission to Heal, a nonprofit global medical missions agency.

Recovery Room: Operation Giving Back

October 2015

In this episode of The Recovery Room, host Dr. Rick Greene speaks with the new OGB Director, Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, about his plans for the organization to succeed and how interested surgeons can get involved in the program.

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery: Evidence and Solutions for Achieving Health, Welfare, and Economic Development

John G. Meara, MD, FACS
Clinical Congress 2015

Surgical care is a critical component of a comprehensive health care system for all countries at all levels of development. However, billions of people lack access to basic surgical services, resulting in substantial loss of life, welfare and economic output. There was a lot of interest in “The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery: Evidence and Solutions for Achieving Health, Welfare, and Economic Development” panel session, which examined the findings and recommendations from the Commission to generate discussion regarding how U.S. surgeons, surgical trainees, and the ACS can work together to help realize universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed. The ACS has made this webcast free online.

Operation Giving Back Open Mic: Advocating for Surgery Around the World

Clinical Congress 2015

The Open Mic session examined current efforts in global surgery with a focus on education, service, and research. Participants discussed the framework of surgical resident education in global health, surgical services provided by ACS Fellows around the world, and research investigating the world burden of surgical disease.