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Department of Surgery

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International Missions

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The Department of Surgery has a long history of training surgeons to provide excellence in medical care to underserved and resource-limited communities in the US and around the globe:

Smile Train: As chair of the medical advisory board of the international non-profit, Smile Train, Dr. Larry H. Hollier, professor and chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children's Hospital, has participated in numerous global surgical capacity-building trips for the treatment of craniofacial and hand deformities. Overall, he has safely supervised over 100,000 pediatric cleft surgeries in 85 countries. Dr. Laura Monson, assistant professor of surgery, traveled to Egypt and Dr. Edward Buchanan, associate professor and chief of pediatric plastic surgery, traveled to Tanzania to treat these children as well.

Global Surgery Residency: As a reflection of its commitment to both the Houston community and the international community, the Department of Surgery offers a curriculum to train leaders in Academic Global Surgery. Dr. Jed G. Nuchtern, professor of pediatric surgery, serves as chief of this innovative program. The General Surgery Residency incorporates a rigorous two-year global curriculum founded on broad-based surgical skills, international experience, and academic training. With an emphasis on both clinical training in a variety of medical fields and on cognitive and systems-based learning from regional experts and global organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), Baylor Global Surgery Track residents are poised to meet the needs of patients in the operating room and beyond. All residents graduate prepared to address the majority of the 44 essential surgeries as outlined by DCP-3 and to lead local, national, and international initiatives.

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Drs. Brandi Scully, Megan Vu, Jamie Fitch and medical students Kelly Schultz, Kirea Mazzolini, Chelsea Guy-Frank, Rachel Kaplan, Anjali Raghuram, Sydney Sachse and Umang Parikh
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Local Outreach

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Surgical Saturday: Here in Houston, our surgeons are part of the 80-member volunteer medical team of Surgical Saturday, a collaboration among CHI St. Luke’s Health and Houston-area nonprofits, advocating affordable and accessible healthcare. The program provides surgical procedures at no charge for patients in need.

Reach for The Stars: Dr. Megan Vu, global surgery resident, has been a part of the Reach for the Stars Stem Festival at Rice University, co-sponsored by the Ride Family Foundation and Rice Space Institute. This festival, which was created for middle school girls, was founded to inspire young women towards careers in science and engineering.

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The Heart of Micaela's Fondest Wish

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Micaela has always dreamed of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. Her one true wish came true when she traveled to the Texas Heart Institute. Micaela shadowed some of the world's best in cardiothoracic science.

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Dr. Larry Hollier: Smile Train, Texas

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In a interview with ETHealthworld, Dr. Larry Hollier, Chairman, Medical Advisory Board, Smile Train, Texas, talks about the areas of growth and the challenges that exist in terms of spreading awareness about the simple cleft surgery.

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Surgical Saturday Program

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Surgical Saturday is a collaboration among CHI St. Luke’s Health and Houston area non-profit organizations advocating affordable and accessible healthcare.