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

Save the Date! April 1st, 2017

Location: The Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education 

Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Schedule Below 

Symposium Registration: https://yalesurvey.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3gQYNC9N8Kv3OK1

*Registration is FREE, however we ask that you please register to assist with logistical and catering planning.

We are excited to gather both guest speakers and the Yale community to highlight work done in different surgical sections, departments, and schools (Anesthesia, General Surgery, Otolaryngology, Orthopedics, Transplant Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Urology, Anesthesia, Public Health) to provide an educational forum for challenges and solutions in global surgery, and to share experiences and build additional collaborations.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Tarpley

Dr. Tarpley completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University and attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine before training in surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. After residency he committed himself to working with underserved populations and spent 15 years in Nigeria directing house-office training and helping establish a nursing school. He then took a faculty position at the Loch Raven VA in Baltimore on the Johns Hopkins faculty and then joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 1993. He went on to become the program director of the General Surgery Program at Vanderbilt from 1995-2014. In 2016 he retired from his position at Vanderbilt and returned to Africa where he is currently working in Kenya and Rwanda. He is affiliated faculty in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health and a member of the American College of Surgeons, the West African College of Surgeons, and the American Surgical Association among others.
Guest Speakers:
Elisa Baring Director of Special Projects, The Ending Neglected Diseases (END) Fund
David Cunningham Chief Executive Officer, The ARCHIE Foundation
Dr. Faye Evans Senior Associate in Perioperative Anesthesia, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Mahmoud Hariri General and Trauma Surgeon, Aleppo, Syria
Dr. Unni Karunakara Former International President of Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs Senior Fellow
Dr. Thomas McIntyre Assistant Professor of Surgery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Dr. Sten Vermund Dean and Professor of Public Health, Professor of Pediatrics, Yale
Yale Speakers:
Dr. Michael Caty Chair, Department of Surgery, Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics)
Dr. James Clune Assistant Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Richard Garvey General and Pediatric Surgeon, Bridgeport Hospital
Dr. Viji Kurup Associate Professor in Anesthesia
Dr. Elias Michaelides Associate Professor of Surgery (Otolaryngology)
Dr. Somya Mishra Yale School of Public Health
Dr. Doruk Ozgediz Assistant Professor of Surgery (Pediatrics)
Dr. Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos Associate Professor of Surgery (Transplant)
Dr. Sangini Sheth Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Adrienne Socci Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Dr. Ralph Stroup Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology
Yale Resident Speakers:
Dr. Maija Cheung General Surgery
Dr. Christopher DeHaydu Obstetrics & Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Dr. Michael Hall General Surgery
Dr. Zach Porterfield Infectious Disease
Dr. Erin Springer Anesthesiology
Dr. Julia Toman Otolaryngology
Dr. Rob Travieso Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Marc Walker Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Click here to view our schedule.


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!