Rutgers Global Surgery

"Global Surgery is an area of study, research, practice, and advocacy that seeks to improve health outcomes and achieve health equity for all people who require surgical care, with a special emphasis on underserved populations and populations in crisis. It uses collaborative, cross-sectoral, and transnational approaches and is a synthesis of population-based strategies with individual surgical care."

-Dare et al. (2014) Global Surgery: defining an emerging global health field

Emergency and essential surgical disease is neglected, and attention is needed for it to be an effective and affordable addition to the basic package of health care services. It's estimated that more than 5 billion people lack access to safe affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed, primarily in low-to-middle income countries (LMICs) (Global Surgery 2030). We believe that sustainable provision of emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia is a critical part of integrated primary health care.

Our mission is to develop enriched multi-professional, intersectoral, and collaborative academic and research opportunities for aspiring public global health and policy opinion leaders in the surgical discipline. Towards this aim, the Latin American Indicator Research Collaboratory (LAIRC) has been created with the purpose of leveraging quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis and interpretations of the six core surgical World Development Indicators outlined by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. More information about the LAIRC can be found on the LAIRC Webpage.

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) On-Campus Programs

Global Distinction Program

The RWJMS Office of Global Health's Global Distinction Program provides medical students with growing interests in global health, an opportunity to explore local and global population health research.

Chancellor's Global Scholars Program

In 2016, RBHS and RWJMS introduced the Chancellor's Global Scholars Program. This program is longitundinal mentorship, scholarship, and educational program that provides medical students prior to medical school matriculation, an opportunity to conduct funded trans-national research for all four years.

For more information, please visit our Rutgers Global Health page.

Opportunities also exist in trans-national experiences for both Rutgers and international students during their fourth year elective rotations.  A 1 month clinical or research rotation is feasible with the Rutgers Global Surgery team.

Residency Opportunities

In 2016, the Rutgers School of Public Health established a Master's of Public Health (MPH) with a dual focus in epidemiology and global health, allowing surgical residents in their mandatory investigational years to complete an MPH within global surgery and global injury fieldwork tracks. Through this, residents are able to gain perspectives in systems and policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, and more, with emphasis in vulnerable populations.

International Fellowship Opportunities

Rutgers Acute Care Surgery Fellowship

Since 2015, the Rutgers Acute Care Surgery Fellowship was the first of its kind in the world to be approved by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), linking formal global trauma and acute care surgery training to world-renowned international faculty mentorship provided by Latin American Surgeons. ACS fellows conduct international rotations in essential and emergency surgery, as well as trauma systems improvement, to broadly equip them for careers in acute care surgery globally.



Gregory Peck, DO, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Acute Care Surgery
Director of Performance Improvement
Associate Director, ACS Fellowship
Associate Director, Trauma Program
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Allissa Visconti, MPH
Program Supervisor
Division of Acute Care Surgery
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School