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Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative

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Make Surgical Treatment
Accessible for All

The Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative (JHGSI) is committed to promoting health, equity, and justice by improving surgical care, broadly defined, across the globe. We value interdisciplinary and international collaboration, holding the belief that diversity in background and experience will help us better achieve our vision.

JHGSI aims to provide the network, the opportunities, and the support requisite for those who share our vision and are working to advance it.

  • Our Vision

    Learn more information about the vision of the Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative.

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  • Meet Our Team

    Learn more about our team of surgeons and healthcare providers making an impact in global health.

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  • Collaborate with Us

    Join our initiative and make a difference in the lives of individuals and families with limited resources.

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Stay Informed

News & Events

  • Global Surgery Journal Club

    Time
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
    Location
    Zoom (Virtual)

    Please join us with our guest speaker, Dr. Catherine deVries, as she discusses external factors affecting surgical care.

  • Global Surgery Journal Club

    Time
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
    Location
    Zoom (Virtual)

    The Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative hosts a global surgery journal club every third Wednesday of the month. all are welcome to attend.

  • Global Surgery Journal Club

    Time
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
    Location
    Zoom (Virtual)

    The Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative hosts a global surgery journal club every third Wednesday of the month. all are welcome to attend.

  • Global Surgery Journal Club

    Time
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
    Location
    Zoom (Virtual)

    The Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative hosts a global surgery journal club every third Wednesday of the month. all are welcome to attend.

 
 
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Our Vision

The vision of the Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative is to improve health equity by increasing access to safe, timely, and affordable surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care worldwide. We will achieve our vision through our six strategic pillars, PEARLS:

  • Partnership: Investing in meaningful, long-term bilateral partnerships with low- and middle-income country institutions.
  • Education: Training the global surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia workforce and the next generation of global surgery leaders.
  • Advocacy: Generating political priority for global surgery in the United States and in other where we work.
  • Research: Building the evidence-base for locally identified research priorities.
  • Leadership: Developing and modelling best practices in global surgery.
  • Service: Providing surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care to those in need.
 
 
 

Ongoing Projects Around the Globe

Learn more about our ongoing projects by selecting a location on the map. We collaborate with the World Health Organization to improve the care of the injured, provide workforce development in various surgical subspecialties, and work to improve surgical care for humanitarian health

 
 
 
 

Meet Our Team

Learn more about our multidisciplinary team dedicated to improving the surgical care of patients across the globe.

  • Kent Allen Stevens, M.D.

    Director, Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative
    Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
    Interim Chief, Acute Care Surgery
    Director, Adult Trauma Services

    Global Surgery Interest: My interest in global surgery has centered on defining the burden of injury and developing trauma systems in resource-poor settings. Through partnerships and projects with organizations such as Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Health Organization I have worked in a number of countries to improve the care of the injured. More recently, my global surgery efforts have been directed to build capacity in Ethiopia (with the American College of Surgeons), Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya and India.
     
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  • Daniel Sangkyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.H.

    Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Global Surgery Initiative
    Director, Pediatric Surgical Oncology Program
    Assistant Professor of Surgery

    Global Surgery Interest: My interests in global surgery focus on improving outcomes in pediatric surgery, pediatric oncology, and neonatal surgery. This has included efforts focused on health systems, surgical education, and surgical workforce development. This work has been undertaken through partnerships in Ghana and Liberia.
     
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  • Alexander Blum

    MPH Candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Class of 2022
    MD Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Class of 2023

    JHGSI Role: Program coordinator

    Global surgery interests: capacity building through longitudinal partnerships, intersectionality of neglected-tropical diseases and surgical care in low-resource settings
     
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  • Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, M.D.

    Resident, Department of Neurosurgery
    MPH Candidate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Class of 2022

    JHGSI Pillar: Education & Research

    Global surgery interests: neurosurgical care capacity building, neurotrauma, neurocritical care, neurosurgical education

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  • Zachary Enumah, M.D.

    Resident, Department of General Surgery
    PhD student, Global Health at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health

    JHGSI Pillar: Partnership

    Global surgery interests: capacity building, referral health care, delivery of cardiac surgery (specifically for rheumatic heart disease patients).
     
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  • Eric Etchill, M.D.

    Resident, Department of General Surgery
    Hugh R. Sharp, Jr. Investigator in Cardiac Surgery

    JHGSI Pillar: Education

    Global surgery interests: cardiac surgery, surgical systems development, trauma systems, surgical education
     
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  • Alodia Gabre-Kidan, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Director, Surgery Clerkship

    JHGSI Pillar: Education

    Global surgery interests: My interests are primarily focused on the development of sustainable surgical infrastructure across settings with differential levels of available resources.
     
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  • Hillary Jenny, M.D., M.P.H.

    Resident, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

    JHGSI Pillar: Partnership

    Global surgery interests: global plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, surgical workforce development

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  • Rahul Koka, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    Surgical Director for Quality and Logistics, Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

    Global surgery interests: My areas of interest are related to quality and safety training. We have performed long-term quality improvement projects in west Africa using techniques such as Medical Simulation, Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA) and Hospital Surveys on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS).

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  • Adam Laytin, M.D., M.P.H.

    Assistant Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine & Emergency Medicine

    JHGSI Pillar: Research

    Global surgery interests: I focus primarily on understanding the burden of medical emergencies, critical illness and trauma in low- and middle-income countries to develop data-driven quality improvement and capacity building initiatives. I have collaborated internationally with clinicians and researchers in Ethiopia, India, South Africa and Israel.
     
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  • Chao Long, M.D., M.P.H.

    Resident, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Previous: Research Fellow, Curtis National Hand Center; Donald R. Laub Fellow, ReSurge International

    JHGSI Pillar: Research

    Global surgery interests: surgical workforce development, surgical education, metrics for outcomes evaluation and patient-centered development, global plastic surgery

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  • Dominique Vervoort, M.D., M.P.H., MBA

    PhD student in Health Services Research - Health Technology Assessment, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

    Founder and President, Global Cardiac Surgery Initiative

    Advisor, Global Surgery Foundation

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