Center for Global Surgery

The Center for Global Surgery is a network of providers and professionals at the University of Utah who envision a world where safe, effective, and affordable surgical and emergency obstetric care is accessible to all people. 

Spanning multiple departments in close integrated collaboration, the Center positions Surgery and OB-GYN faculty, residents, and medical students to participate more closely in solving the most vexing problems in global health.

Vision     We envision a world where safe, effective, and affordable surgical care is accessible to everyone.

Mission    We advocate for improved access to surgery worldwide, create innovative solutions with measureable impact, and train leaders to solve the most vexing problems in global health.

OB-GYN joins Global Surgery

BETTER TOGETHER

The University of Utah Center for Global Surgery joins the Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynecology in a federation of linked global health programs essential to the development access to surgical systems worldwide.

The potential impact of universal access to essential obstetric surgery is enormous. It has been estimated that such access could prevent “37% of the aggregate burden of maternal and perinatal deaths and newborn morbidity” (McCaw-Binns, 2015).  Of the 5 billion cited by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, an estimated 2.4 billion are female. (2020 Navarro et al, IJMCH)

 “OB/GYN services are linked to the environments that support the treatment of other surgical conditions, both requiring widely available anesthesia capabilities... Moving forward to address more comprehensively the surgical burden of disease requires the coalescence of a global health agenda, with a strong collaboration between OB/GYN, surgery, and anesthesia to lead the next generation of global public health interventions.”
(FJW Anderson, et. al, 2018; “Obstetrics and gynecology in global health: Lessons learned for advancing public health to achieve universal health care”; Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons)

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