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.