Yale Global Surgery Division

Doruk Ozgediz (Pediatric Surgery) and Maija Cheung (General Surgery Resident) working at Naguru Hospital in Kampala, Uganda

Welcome! The Yale Global Surgery Division of the Section of Surgical Education was formed to facilitate resident and faculty engagement in global surgery. Through clinical, educational, and research opportunities in low-resource settings both domestically and internationally Yale residents help address and increase awareness of the worldwide surgical disease burden.

Mission Statement

We will address the rising worldwide surgical disease burden in low-resource settings both domestically and internationally by mobilizing a community of surgical leaders to engage in international partnerships, implement quality improvement and training protocols, increase awareness, and establish the role of Yale Surgery in the global surgical landscape.

Specific aims:
  • Facilitate educational opportunities to enrich the surgical residency program as a whole and support individual resident career interests related to surgery in resource-poor settings. 
  • Embrace a philosophy of active problem solving and partnership designed to build sustainable progress through the development of reciprocal exchanges between Yale and it’s international partnership sites. 
  • Contribute to our own education and the discipline as a whole through multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research focusing not only on the pathophysiology of disease, but also on health outcomes, health disparities, and access to healthcare both internationally and locally. 
  • Use our medical skills and educational resources to develop innovative solutions to both local and international issues that are both desired by the populations whom we seek to serve as well as of benefit to the health system as a whole. 
  • Implement a formal international clinical rotation for Yale Surgery Residents. 
  • Develop and host a yearly Yale Multidisciplinary Global Surgery Conference dedicated to exchange of ideas regarding global surgery. 
  • Host monthly meetings for interest group members and journal clubs focused on discussing relevant literature related to global health surgical issues.

Global Clinical Opportunities

ACGME-approved international rotation:

Yale offers residents a formal, ACGME-approved International Surgery rotation consisting of 2-4 weeks of Pediatric Surgery at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. This rotation is completed during the PGY3 or PGY4 year.
Residents are exposed to a broad range of congenital diseases and solid tumors in the operating room, learn to diagnose and treat pathologies in limited resource environments, and assist in developing innovative solutions to local issues outside the operating room.

Additional global surgery opportunities:

  • General Surgery - Haiti
  • Plastic Surgery - Vietnam
  • ENT - South Africa
  • Urology - Kenya
  • Trauma and Acute Care Surgery - Uganda

Useful Global Surgery Resources


Surgical Care at the District Hospital, WHO 2003

Global Surgery and Anesthesia Manual: Providing Care in Resource-Limited Settings (John Meara 2015)

Primary Surgery (Maurice King, Peter Bewes 1987)

Practical Plastic Surgery for Nonsurgeons (Nadine Semer 2001)

Global Orthopedics: Caring for Musculoskeletal Conditions and Injuries in Austere Settings (Richard Gosselin, David Spiegel, Michelle Foltz 2014) Pediatric Surgery: A Comprehensive Text for Africa (Global HELP 2011)

Academic Global Surgery (Mamta Swaroop, Sanjay Krishnaswami 2016)

Online Resources:

Operation Giving Back – American College of Surgeons

Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS)

GPAS research/publications:

GPAS funding opportunities:

Global Pediatric Surgery Network (GPSN)

Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS)

World Health Organization 

Lancet Commission on Global Surgery

College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa

G4 Alliance

DCP3 – Disease Control Priorities, World Bank
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Save the Date! 3rd Annual Yale Global Surgery Symposium, May 4th, 2019

We are delighted to gather both guest speakers and the Yale community to highlight work in a wide variety of surgical disciplines to provide an educational forum for challenges and solutions in global surgery, share experience, and build collaborations.

Location: The Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education 

300 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm

The speaker lineup features surgeons, physicians, and entrepreneurs from around the world, including Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Programming features a luncheon poster session and dedicated time for networking and discussion.

All are welcome to attend. Registration is strongly encouraged. The event is free.

Please click on this link to register.

Keynote Speakers:

Tahmina Banu MD, Chittagong Medical College & Hospital

Professor Banu is a Pediatric Surgeon at Chittagong Medical College & Hospital in Bangladesh. She is currently working as Director, Chittagong Research Institute for Children Surgery and is fellow of Royal College of Surgeons and Rowan Nicks fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She has worked extensively to improve children’s surgical care within Bangladesh and globally, pioneering an a surgical outreach program to bring services to rural regions and has developed low-cost techniques to treat common surgical conditions such as stoma care using betel leaves and using a bananagram in place of distal cologram. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery.

Luc Malemo MD, HEAL Africa

Dr. Luc Malemo is a general surgeon from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is one of the first international surgeons selected for the McGill University Jean-Martin Laberge Fellowship in Global Pediatric Surgery, and is currently working towards a PhD in Experimental Surgery at McGill. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he served as as Chief Surgeon and Hospital Director HEAL Africa, which operates a tertiary care hospital and develops training and community-based health care programs. In 2015, Malemo became the director of the first surgical residency program in the North Kivu accredited by the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa.

Distinguished Guests

  • Zaitun Bokhary MD, Pediatric Surgeon, Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania
  • Garreth Wood, Founder, KIDS OR, Scotland
  • Ambereen Sleemi MD, Executive Director, International Medical Response
  • Michelle Telfer DNP, Assistant Professor, Nurse Midwifery, Yale Melanie Sion MD, Trauma and Emergency Surgery, Yale
  • Egide Abahuje MD, Simulation Education Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Lecturer of Surgery, University of Rwanda
  • Robert Brady MD, Founder and Director, Straight Caribbean Spine Foundation
  • Moses Galukande MD PhD, Chair, Department of Surgery, Makerere College of Health Sciences
  • Janat Tumukunde MD, Lecturer in Anesthesia, Makerere College of Health Sciences, Uganda
  • Viji Kurup MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Yale
  • Julia Cron, Assistant Professor and Program Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale
  • Ravia Parikh MD MPH, Fellow in Ophthalmology

3rd Annual Global Surgery Symposium: Poster Session Call for Abstracts

Students, residents, and faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract for the luncheon poster session showcase.


  • Maximum number of authors: 10 (including the lead author)
  • Structure: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
  • Word limit: 350 words (does not include the title)
  • Table or Figure: Maximum one table or figure per abstract
  • Co-authors must disclose financial relationships

Abstracts must be submitted by April 15, 2019. Previously presented posters are eligible.

Direct all abstract submissions to globalsurgery@yale.edu.