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International volunteerism: Dr. Zalamea leads collaborative mission in the Philippines

Brittanie Wilczak, MPH
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, September 2017

In an ongoing series, Operation Giving Back is profiling some of our volunteers and partners to showcase their work and to describe how they met specific challenges providing care to the medically underserved around the world. This month’s profile is an interview with Nia Noelle Millan Zalamea, MD, FACS, a general surgeon in Memphis, TN. Dr. Zalamea is involved in two international volunteerism programs—the Memphis Mission of Mercy and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Global Surgery Institute (UTHSCGSI).

Surgeons Honored for Volunteerism and Humanitarianism

Matthew Fox
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, September 2017

The Board of Governors (B/G) Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2017 American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

Domestic volunteerism: Dr. Freiwald brings surgical care to uninsured patients in San Diego

Brittanie Wilczak, MPH
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, June 2017

Dr. Friewald, recipient of the 2016 Domestic Surgical Volunteerism Award, describes her work with Project Access San Diego, an organization focused on improving community health and support for physicians through engaged volunteerism.

Above and Beyond: A primer for young surgeons interested in global surgery

Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS; Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA, FACS; Joe Dubose, MD FACS; Ashley Vergis, MD, FACS; Gregory Peck, DO, FACS; Adnan A. Alseidi, MD, EDM, FACS; Jacob Moalem, MD, FACS; Girma Tefera, MD, FACS; and Patricia Turner, MD, FACS
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, February 2017

Guidelines for participating in a global surgery program and a curated list of resources for surgeons interested in pursuing these opportunities are provided.

Nomination for 2017 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 28

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, December 2016

The American College of Surgeons (ACS), in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2017 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and Surgical Humanitarian Award. All nominations must be received by February 28, 2017.

Operation Giving Back and the ACS Archive offer opportunities for engagement

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS; Brittanie Wilczak, MPH; and Dolores Barber
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, December 2016

This month’s column describes the member engagement opportunities offered through the ACS Operation Giving Back program and the ACS Archives.

Fellows honored for volunteerism and humanitarianism

Matthew Fox
Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, September 2016

The Board of Governors’ Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Workgroup has announced the recipients of the 2016 ACS/Pfizer Surgical Humanitarian Award and Surgical Volunteerism Awards.

Nominations for 2016 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 29

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, February 2016

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations through February 29 for the 2016 Surgical Volunteerism Award(s) and the Surgical Humanitarian Award.

Nominations for 2016 volunteerism and humanitarian awards due February 29

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, December 2015

The ACS, in association with Pfizer, Inc., is accepting nominations for the 2016 Surgical Volunteerism Award and Surgical Humanitarian Award.

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

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.