Boston Global Surgery Symposium

Global surgery student groups at Harvard Medical School/School of Dental Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, and the Harvard Chan School of Public Health have teamed up under the Global Surgery Student Alliance to host a global surgery conference for students and trainees locally in Boston, across the country, and around the world.  Our mission is to introduce students to global surgery, to generate excitement, to connect students to global surgery opportunities, and to facilitate the formation of global surgery student groups that are unified. Students and trainees from the Boston area will be able to attend in person, but we are live-streaming and recording the conference for anyone across the country to spur the growth of global surgery groups amongst students.

We want to bring more students and trainees into the field of global surgery (including Ob/Gyn and anesthesia), and since many aren’t aware of what global surgery is, this conference is meant to provide foundational knowledge and inspiration. Participants can range anywhere from undergraduate students to residents, but any/all are invited to attend or listen in to the live-stream or recording of the conference!

Capacity-Building & Education

Speakers: Dr. Robert Riviello,
Dr. Bruce Steffes, and Dr. Lena Dohlman

The field of global surgery has changed immensely over the past few years. The focus has shifted away from clinical missions and more towards building surgical systems and education.


Speakers: Dr. Kee Park, Dr. Gita Mody, and Dr. Sarah Feldman

Often times, people think that global surgery is only for trauma, general, and orthopedics. However, any specialty can contribute to global surgery efforts, so no matter what field you go into, you can get involved: neurosurgery, cardiothoracic, OB/Gyn, plastics, OMFS, ENT, surgical oncology, and more!


Speakers: Dr. Mark Shrime and

Dr. Blake Alkire

Research has been the driving force behind the growth of global surgery. Modelling studies have described the extent of the need for global surgery and how it can be addressed from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Research has proven that surgery is cost-effective, necessary for economic growth, and imperative for human development. 


Speakers: Dr. Salim Afshar and Dr. Bill Berry

Surgery is, by nature, a resource-intensive intervention, so it can seem impossible to elevate on a global scale. However, surgical care is a vital component of global health, so technological innovation is necessary to advance the field. Whether it's distance learning or modified surgical equipment, innovative ideas are advancing surgery in even the most remote parts of the world.

Crisis & Humanitarian Aid

Speaker: Dr. George Dyer, Dr. Mahmoud Hariri, and Dr. Haytham Kaafarani

Surgical care has been vital to the treatment of patients in humanitarian crises. Whether it be natural disasters or conflict zones, patients in low-resource environments often don't get the care they need. It is important for surgical teams to work with governments and other institutions to make sure people have access to surgical care in acute times of need.

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