School of Medicine

Center for Global Surgery

Where We Work

The Center for Global Surgery has over a decade of experience in building the capacity of medical institutions in West Africa and Asia and North America to increase the size and technical skills of the surgical workforce. At this time, our engagements in these areas have consolidated sufficiently to draw regional attention and have provided a stable platform for building the capacity of neighboring countries.  The University of Utah continues to explore ways that it can host effective programs and exchanges as a global campus as part of its Global Health initiative.

The Center for Global Surgery engages in projects of country-wide scope, and develops its population-level responsibilities alongside committed health system leaders who see the big picture. Well-managed surgical systems in LMICs are attractive projects to world, development, and state banks when these are backed by strong national surgical plans. Reductions in avertable "disability life years" (DALYs), increases to lifespan and quality of life, as well as reversals of health imports are all clear economic incentives which exist for governments that treat surgical care as an investment not a cost-- a realistic vehicle for development financing to realize a nation's health and economic aspirations.




We believe in working with Africa as a partner in innovation and as a context for appreciating new global supply chains focused on the global south. Countries like Ghana with democratic institutions and stable financial institutions have enabled West Africa to host important movements and trends that shape the continent.

The Center for Global Surgery: West Africa Satellite Office anchors our strategic goals of population-level outcomes with national collaborators and regional health systems strengthening in West Africa. We have partnered with Ensign College of Public Health to host personnel and operations to sustain year-round activity and deepen our problem-solving engagement with key stakeholders.

Our incredible leadership team combines public health faculty and board-certified surgeons as health system diplomats working to launch the key initiatives within Ghana’s supportive environment. 


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Our formal agreements with local health systems partneers are established by multi-year Memoranda of Understanding, and support the unique project interface focused on surgical systems development.

As a backbone within a Ghana-based network of strong West African institutions, the Satellite Office engages local philanthropy, clubs, and chambers of commerce to connect their work to the task of health care transformation in Ghana. Our impactful activity supports Ghana and other West African nations to project their experience facing challenges like late-stage cancers and healthcare affordability into the region and beyond to other SSA and East African states. 

Key Collaborators/Activities 


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We’re excited to be partnering with an institution of Higher Education accredited in Ghana through KNUST, and we plan activities focused on students every year in the months of January and October, to coincide with National Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer Awareness Months.

See below for the most recent news feeds about our outreach to the communities in Yilo Krobo District of Ghana’s Eastern Region: