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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 welcomes the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology to its growing structure and celebrates its role as an essential partner for developing 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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Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #2
education
Jan 14, 2020

Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #2

global surgery, global health, global, surgery

The University of Utah continues its webinar series in Surgical Services Management, the second installment will focus on practical tools for managing waste, improving quality, and driving value delivery within a complex surgical eco-system. Titled on "Tools for Sustainable Change", We will discuss how to identify goals using the LEAN and SMART concepts, and how to design a process map in order to visualize and prioritize the most valuable and eliminate the least valuable steps in everyday processes in the OR. Surgical systems are complex-- yet meaningful improvements in safety and quality can be achieved by small changes. Senior Value Engineer, Cindy Spangler brings her broad experience from failure analysis in military propulsion flight controls to financial advising for patients to surgical systems analysis as our guest faculty for these two sessions. Host Dr. Catherine deVries invites all health professionals and anyone connected to the surgical system to participate in this important series! ... Read More

Obstetrics and Gynecology,Anesthesiology,Pediatrics,Surgery
Maziar Nourian publishes in IJMA, Supply Chain Management in Global Surgery
research
Jan 01, 2020

Maziar Nourian publishes in IJMA, Supply Chain Management in Global Surgery

global surgery, global health, global, surgery

Contributing Authors Dr. Maziar Nourian and Dr. Raymond Price have a new article published in the International Journal of MInternational Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS (IJMA). The article, titled “Addressing Supply Chain Management Issues in Cost-effective Maternal and Pediatric Global Surgery: A Call to Action” develops the integrated conversation that links Maternal and Child health agenda to improvements in surgical systems; specifically, the article draws attention to the increasing role that logistics and supply chain management (SCM) have in developing solutions to bring access to 3.3 billion women/children. https://mchandaids.org/index.php/IJMA/article/view/295(January) ... Read More

Anesthesiology,Pediatrics,Obstetrics and Gynecology,Surgery
Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #1
education
Nov 12, 2019

Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #1

global surgery, global health, global, surgery

The Center for Global Surgery is launching for the first time ever a critical education product to meet the needs of LMIC governments and hospital systems responding to lack of access to surgical systems. November 26 marks the beginning of the Surgical Services Management Webinar Series. The first in a series of six webinars, Session 1 provides an overview of Surgical Ecosystems, with a focus on effective management of operating spaces in low-and middle-income countries. Led by Dr. Catherine DeVries, this course will navigate the daunting challenges faced in low resource surgical systems, and provide participants with tools to better utilize systems skills. ... Read More

Surgery,Pediatrics,Obstetrics and Gynecology,Anesthesiology