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
Yale Global Health Symposium 2018 Banner

Save the Date! 2nd Annual Yale Global Surgery Symposium, April 28th, 2018

Location: The Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education
300 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT

Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Please click on this link to register. It is free but space is limited.

This year’s conference theme is “Partnerships and Action for Global Surgery."

We are excited 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, and to share experiences and build additional collaborations.

Click here for the Symposium agenda

Headshot for Dr. Kokila Lakhoo

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kokila Lakhoo

Professor Kokila Lakhoo is a consultant paediatric surgeon at the Children’s Hospital in Oxford and the University of Oxford.  Besides general paediatric surgery and ambulatory surgery her special interests are: global health, fetal counselling, neonatal surgery, paediatric tumour surgery, paediatric thoracic surgery and specialist gastrointestinal surgery. She is chair of the international forum for the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons (BAPS) and is personally developing paediatric surgery through a link in Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa. She is the co-director of Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS) that has followed on from the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. She is editor of 4 books including a recent joint venture with her African colleague as editor to the textbook "Paediatric Surgery: a comprehensive text for Africa"(Global HELP). She has to date contributed to 68 chapters to paediatric surgical text books and has 291 peer reviewed publications.

Guest Speakers:



Dr. David Spiegel Orthopedic Surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Sudha Jayaraman Trauma Surgeon, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. James Martone Opthalmologist, former Medical Director, ORBIS International
Mr. David Cunningham CEO, Kids OR (United Kingdom)
Dr. Bill Magee Founder, Operation Smile
Dr. Lena Dohlman Anesthesiology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Health Volunteers Overseas
Dr. Mahmoud Hariri General and Trauma Surgery, Syria

Yale Speakers:



Dr. Grant Thomson Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Tobias Carling Section Chief of Endocrine Surgery
Dr. Kevin Pei Assistant Professor of General Surgery/Trauma Surgery
Dr. James Clune Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
Dr. Christopher Teng Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Dr. Gabriella Grisotti General Surgery Resident
Ms. Sherri Witkins YNHH Perioperative Nursing
Ms. Ingrid Crocco YNHH Perioperative Nursing
Dr. Adrienne Socci Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Dr. Julia Cron Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Robert Rohrbaugh Director, Office of International Medical Student Education
Ms. Anne Kellett Director, Office of International Medical Student Education
Mr. Michael Skonieczny Deputy Director, Yale Institute for Global Health
Dr. Michael O'Brien General Surgeon
Dr. Ravi Parikh Ophthalmology Surgeon


Abstracts for poster presentations at the Yale Global Surgery Symposium must be submitted by April 1, 2018 to be reviewed and accepted. All abstracts relevant to the field of global surgery are eligible for review. Previously presented posters are also eligible for consideration.

Guidelines for the abstract are listed below:

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

Posters may be presented by students, residents, or faculty. The posters should be posted by 8:30AM on the day of the symposium and the poster session will be held in the lobby of The Anylan Center (TAC) during the lunch break from approximately 12-1pm during which time presenters are expected to be at their poster. The first-named author is presumed to be the presenter (changes must be sent to the e-mail listed below).

Please consider the opportunity to share your new work in global surgery. Direct all abstract submissions to yaleglobalsurgeryabstracts@gmail.com.


Thank you to the Yale Department of Surgery and the Yale Office of International Medical Student Education for making this unique and exciting opportunity possible!

Official registration information to follow soon, space may be limited. 

For more information about travel and transportation in New Haven, please click here for travel information.

For any inquiries please contact Marc Adelberg at marc.adelberg@yale.edu.