Department of Surgery

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"As traditional boundaries have been challenged by globalization, our narrower understanding of identity, belonging, and responsibility have been redefined and broadened. Now, more than ever, we see that we are in fact, a single humanity."

-The Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, SJ

The purpose of the Creighton University Global Surgery Fellowship program is to significantly impact the absence of acute surgical care in developing countries.

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Nearly half of the world's population -- more than 3 billion people -- live on less than $2.50 a day. Access to essential surgical care is limited or non-existent for 2 billion people. The Global Fellowship Program will help change this by working with a community in a developing country to aid systemic change, while creating a unique surgical education experience.
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The Creighton Global Surgery Fellowship will use the Preferential Option for the Poor to guide all activities for patients, trainees, employees, and co-volunteers while providing free surgery to save the lives of underserved patients and surgical training for developing country trainees.


The Creighton University Global Surgery Fellowship will decrease the worldwide disparity in access and quality of surgical care. The fellow in their second year will operate and train essential operations in a developing country with the intent of local practitioners becoming proficient without supervision.

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Dr. Frank Lisso of the Foundation of African Medicine and Education near Karatu Tanzania with our inaugural fellow Dr. Kelly Shine.