Utah Students Host GSSA National Symposium, March 26-27
EDUCATION
Mar 01, 2021

Utah Students Host GSSA National Symposium March 26-27

This week launches the 5th Annual Global Surgery Symposium, March 26-27 and will hosted by University of Utah students to explore the nuts & bolts of careers within global surgery, and the mechanics of successful global and south-south partnerships. Registration is free and will have keynotes translated into Spanish & French Language. For more information, register here:... Read More

Dr. Catherine DeVries named recipient of 2021 Urology Care Foundation Award
RECOGNITION
Feb 01, 2021

Dr. Catherine DeVries named recipient of 2021 Urology Care Foundation Award

Dr. Catherine DeVries has been honored for her 30+ years of commitment to the surgical patient. Named by Urology Care Foundation as the inaugural recipient for its Humanitarian Recognition award, Dr. DeVries is a globally recognized leader within her subspecialty and as Founding Director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery.... Read More

Cape Coast and Utah sign new collaborative MOU
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Feb 01, 2020

Cape Coast and Utah sign new collaborative MOU

Representatives from the University of Utah met with leaders of Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) to approve new collaborative agreements focused on global surgery activities. The MOU formalizes activities linking three institutions and features CCTH as a site of activity fo Minimally Invasive Surgery training, Women’s Health, ENT- outreach, and international elective surgical rotation.... Read More

Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #2
EDUCATION
Jan 14, 2020

Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #2

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

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

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

Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #1
EDUCATION
Nov 12, 2019

Surgical Services Webinar launches Session #1

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

Sutherland Presents Mulitdisciplinary Research at APHA
RESEARCH
Oct 06, 2019

Sutherland Presents Multidisciplinary Research at APHA

Dr. Edward Sutherland presented important multi-disciplinary research at the American Public Health Association’s 2019 meeting in Philadelphia. His poster titled, "Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice about Breast Health in Peri-urban and Rural Areas in Eastern Ghana" brings together researchers from the Center for Global Surgery, College of Social Work, and Division of Public Health and advances a multi-disciplinary approach to reducing late presentation of Breast Cancer in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Reducing late-stage women’s cancers is a signature objective for the growing Center for Global Surgery, which integrates OB-GYN & Surgical perspectives into a unified spectrum of interventions. Dr. Sutherland serves as West Africa Site Director with the Center for Global Surgery.... Read More

“Health For All”: UNGA High-Level Meeting frames UHC Declaration
RECOGNITION
Sep 20, 2019

“Health For All”: UNGA High-Level Meeting frames UHC Declaration

The 74th United Nations General Assembly meeting which took place in New York this month included for the first time a High-Level Meetings on Universal Health Coverage (UHC). New language that specifically names surgical systems as an essential part of a future package of essential health services available to all people marks an important shift of global political awareness about this issue, and marks a tremendous achievement for all advocates for the neglected surgical patient. ... Read More

DeVries and Negrette Present at World Hospital Congress in Oman
RESEARCH
Sep 20, 2019

DeVries and Negrette Present at World Hospital Congress in Oman

Dr. Catherine deVries and Juan Carlos Negrette presented their jointly prepared research at the 43rd IHF World Hospital Congress in Muscat, Oman on the theme of “Health Investment for Prosperity”. Ministers of Health and health officials present for the event were newly engaged by concepts flipping surgical operating theaters from cost-centers to revenue sources by paying attention to the management aspect, reinforcing quality improvement and the linkages to other subsystems which form the surgical eco-system as key elements to the improvement surgical capacity in LMICs. Their presentation was titled “Improving managerial capacity and practices to strengthen surgical systems for equitable access to quality services”. Dr. Catherine deVries serves as Associate Director at the Center for Global Surgery, and Mr. Juan Carlos Negrette directs the Office of Global Health for University of Utah Health.... Read More

Bagley presents “Novel Laparoscope” Research at World Congress of Surgery
EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Aug 30, 2019

Bagley presents “Novel Laparoscope” Research at World Congress of Surgery

Dr. Kevin Bagley presented research exploring physician preferences in the adoption of innovative, cost-effective laparoscopic instruments, in his oral presentation to the 48th World Congress of Surgery held in Krakow, Poland “SURGEONS EXPERIENCE WITH XENOSCOPE, A NOVEL LAPAROSCOPE TECHNOLOGY”. Findings from this research include focal length preferences and fallback rates back to traditional laparoscopic instruments which can serve to guide the future improvements laparoscopic innovations, and could reinforce their equivalent status in the mainstream marketplace. Dr. Bagley is the 2018-2019 Research Fellowship with the University of Utah, Center for Global Surgery.... Read More

Global Surgery Convenes Fall Strategic Meeting Series
RECOGNITION
Aug 28, 2019

Global Surgery Convenes Fall Strategic Meeting Series

The CGS Fall Retreat/Strategic Meeting Series was held this month at the stunning facilities of the Moran Center for Global Vision, providing an opportunity for a growing team of more than 20+ persons to connect with colleagues across the University and Health Sciences. Joining the retreat were partners from Ghana, including those from Volta River Authority (VRA) Hospitals, Ensign College of Public Health, and Cape Coast Teaching Hospital. This was the inaugural Retreat involving both the Surgery and Ob-Gyn departments. The event marked significant agenda setting for the year as the Center pursues stronger ground infrastructure, and to serve the University of Utah global health community with clear-eyed pursuit of its mission to develop the availability of surgical systems worldwide.... Read More

Global Surgery welcomes New Research Fellows!
RESEARCH, RECOGNITION, EDUCATION
Jul 17, 2019

Global Surgery welcomes New Research Fellows!

This July ushers in the arrival of two new Global Surgery Research Fellows! The Center for Global Surgery welcomes Dr. Moustafa Moustafa from the University of Virginia, and Dr. Ousman Sanyang joins us from the University of The Gambia. We are privileged to be able partner with external Universities to support their global-minded residents with the benefits of a structured program, and also to build out our own research fellowship as an international research team, with applicants from the very places we are working. The Center for Global Surgery is thrilled to have these fine individuals join the team.... Read More

OB-GYN joins Center for Global Surgery
EDUCATION, RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Jul 01, 2019

OB-GYN joins Center for Global Surgery

In a groundbreaking new partnership, the University of Utah Department of Ob-Gyn has joined the Center for Global Surgery. The two departments will jointly operate the program focused on expanding surgical systems access to the 5 billion people who currently lack it. This structural change brings new, unique opportunities for global and local collaboration across both departments of Surgery and Ob-Gyn. Ob-Gyn Department Chair, Dr. Robert Silver, leads the change with commitments to develop meaningful and sustainable partnerships and stronger global health research activity... Read More

WHA 72 preps framework for UHC
RECOGNITION
Jun 12, 2019

WHA 72 preps framework for UHC

Delegates from member states from around the world converged upon Geneva, Switzerland to mark the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA), the parliamentary body that governs the World Health Organization (WHO). The University of Utah Center for Global Surgery was privileged (as one voice among many) to represent the advocacy community arranged quietly throughout the assembly advocating for the prioritization of surgery as an essential health service and an indispensable component of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). ... Read More

Ganbold Lundeg updates WHO at 2019 Bangkok Meeting
RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
May 15, 2019

Ganbold Lundeg updates WHO at 2019 Bangkok Meeting

Drs. Ganbold Lundeg (MNUMS) and Jade Nunez (University of Utah) delivered an update on Mongolia’s growing surgical access to an intrigued audience at the WHO’s 8th Biennial GIESSC Meeting, using data that demonstrates Mongolia’s commitment to countrywide access to surgical systems and new challenges coming with countrywide data collection.... Read More

Kate Smiley MD & Marta McCrum MD, MPH publish on Perioperative Quality in World Journal of Surgery
RESEARCH
Aug 14, 2018

Kate Smiley MD publishes on Perioperative Quality in World Journal of Surgery

"Safety Culture and Perioperative Quality at the Volta River Authority Hospital in Akosombo, Ghana". Kate Smiley MD was 2016-2017 Research Fellow at the Center for Global Surgery and publishes with her Ghanaian collaborators. Marta McCrum, MD MPH was Principal Investigator and directs West Africa Area strategy for the Center for Global Surgery.... Read More

Micah Katz MD Publishes on the role of Local Research in National Surgical Planning
RESEARCH
Aug 01, 2018

Micah Katz MD Publishes on the role of Local Research in National Surgical Planning

"Local Research Catalyzes National Surgical Planning: Informing National Strategies for Scaling Up Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa", published in the International Journal of Health Policy & Management. Micah Katz MD was 2017-2018 Research Fellow at the Center for Global Surgery. Jade Nunez, MD was Principal Investigator and directs Asia Area strategy for the Center for Global Surgery.... Read More

Coming: 2nd Annual CUGH "Global Surgery" Satellite Session
EDUCATION
Feb 01, 2018

Coming: 2nd Annual CUGH "Global Surgery" Satellite Session

Returning by popular demand, March 15 2018, this full day CUGH-satellite session convenes experts across the surgical system to explore interdisciplinary collaboration to create desperately needed access in low resource areas. The "global surgery" focus compliments this year's CUGH theme, Health Disparities: A Time for Action. Register your attendance today.... Read More

Global Surgery Presents Research at 2018 American Surgical Congress
RESEARCH, EDUCATION
Jan 31, 2018

Global Surgery Presents Research at 2018 American Surgical Congress

Current and Past Research Fellows from the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery presented original research at the 13th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. This conference seeks to be a mainstay for the growing field of academic global surgery and Utah was well-represented! Four presentations were given in total by our researchers, on topics ranging from cost-effectiveness to quality improvement in countries from West Africa to Asia. Pictured here, current 2017-18 research fellow Micah Katz gives his quickshot presentation: "Mesh Repair Not Standard During Inguinal Hernia Surgery in Northern Ghana"... Read More

Announcing Extreme Affordability: West Africa
EDUCATION, RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Jan 01, 2018

Announcing Extreme Affordability: West Africa

Ghana will host the 2018 Extreme Affordability Conference, in the exciting next iteration of the innovative Global Health conference focused on creating access to health systems with equity. This year's conference will take place July 8-10 and will be hosted in Kpong, Ghana at the Ensign College of Public Health by the University of Utah, with KNUST, ECOPH, and IntraHealth as partner institutions.... Read More

Dr. Sergelen receives Honorary Fellowship
RECOGNITION, EDUCATION, RESEARCH
Oct 28, 2017

Dr. Sergelen receives Honorary Fellowship

As tribute to her lifetime of achievements building the surgical systems of her country, Mongolia, the American College of Surgeons recognized Dr. Orgoi Sergelen as an honorary fellow and outstanding international surgeon. She is the first ever recipient of this award from Mongolia.... Read More

Dr. Ray Price presents to Mexican Senate
EDUCATION, RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
Jun 13, 2017

Dr. Ray Price presents to Mexican Senate

Only 15% of potential patients in Mexico receive Laparoscopy. Dr. Price addressed the Mexican Senate discuss train-the-trainer interventions focused on improving surgical access that will also improve operative outcomes. The iLAP course was developed by the Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons.... Read More

WHA Nations Vote for Stronger Surgical Systems Monitoring
RECOGNITION, RESEARCH
May 30, 2017

WHA Nations Vote for Stronger Surgical Systems Monitoring

Another watershed event for achieving the global public priority of strengthening surgical systems, an amendment calling for the Director General to report back every 3-years until 2030 on progress towards Resolution 68.15 passed at the 70th World Health Assembly. The countries of Zambia, Morocco, and Thailand spearheaded the effort.... Read More

New Book! Springer Publishes "Global Surgery: the Essentials"
RESEARCH, EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
May 05, 2017

New Book! Springer Publishes "Global Surgery: the Essentials"

Co-editors Raymond Price & Adrian Park have developed a practical and situational guide for surgeons and allied health professionals participating in "global surgery", a set of system-focused interventions that address the crisis of access to quality surgical care in low resource settings.... Read More

Utah Governor Awards "Doctor of the Year" to Dr. Ray Price
RECOGNITION, RESEARCH, EDUCATION
May 05, 2017

Utah Governor Awards "Doctor of the Year" to Dr. Ray Price

The recipient of this year's 2017 "Doctor of the Year" award for the State of Utah goes to Dr. Raymond Price. Dr. Price is a general surgeon at Intermountain Medical Center, and the Director of the Center for Global Surgery at the University of Utah.... Read More

CUGH launches first-ever "Global Surgery" Satellite Session
EDUCATION
Apr 14, 2017

CUGH launches first-ever "Global Surgery" Satellite Session

At the instigation of the University of Utah, WHO, Operation Giving Back, and the G4 alliance, a spectacularly diverse room gathered professionals from pathology, nursing, anesthesiology, private enterprise, and government at this year's Consortium of Universities for Global Health. The event emphasized the surgical system and promises to become an important anchor for the Global Surgery annual calendar. ... Read More

Utah Hosts Extreme Affordability
EDUCATION
Jan 20, 2017

Utah Hosts Extreme Affordability

The 2017 Extreme Affordability Conference gathered professionals across the region and across Health Sciences to achieve innovative breakthrough in access to healthcare. The conference theme was "Disrupting Barriers to Global Health"; the conference continues to be viewed as a signature event for University of Utah global health community.... Read More

WHO publishes Global Guidelines for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection
RESEARCH
Nov 03, 2016

WHO publishes Global Guidelines for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection

These new, first ever Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site Infection include a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence. The recommendations have also been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and are designed to address the increasing burden of health care-associated infections on both patients and health care systems globally. This is a world first and will be welcomed by doctors and patients alike. ... Read More

Collaborator Receives Top MNUMS Honor
RESEARCH, EDUCATION, RECOGNITION
Sep 24, 2016

Mongolian Collaborator Recognized

Dr. Ganbold Lundeg, MD PHD received the award of tenure and prestigious recognition at the annual faculty convocation of MNUMS Health Sciences departments, on account of his role as commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. Dr. Ganbold, anesthesiologist, is a long time partner of the University of Utah and a leader of campaigns for surgical and emergency services access that are now sweeping the country of Mongolia.... Read More

Sarah Lombardo MD, Publishes Invited Commentary
EDUCATION
Aug 03, 2016

Sarah Lombardo MD, Publishes Invited Commentary

"Invited Commentary: Reshaping Surgery as an Emerging Global Health Priority", receives significant advance attention prior to official publication date. Sarah was awarded funding for Global Surgery field-research in Mongolia in 2015-2016.... Read More

Nicholas Kristof Garners Attention for "Neglected Stepchild"
RECOGNITION
Apr 20, 2016

Nicholas Kristof Garners Attention for "Neglected Stepchild"

In New York Times blog "Surgery: Neglected Stephchild of Global Health" Kristof highlights the 8 million that are casualties of systemic failure in health care delivery. Kristof was keynote speaker at the 2015 Extreme Affordability Conference, organized by the Center for Global Surgery.... Read More

World Bank adds Surgical Indicators
RESEARCH
Apr 07, 2016

World Bank adds Surgical Indicators

Four Surgical Indicators have been added to the World Bank's Data Repository, as a result of effective petitioning and advocacy efforts last year. Representatives from the University's Center for Global Surgery were signatories. ... Read More