It is our vision to promote healthy communities by working with local, regional, and global partners to develop public service initiatives that fulfill unmet needs associated with access to healthcare.
Our department faculty is widely engaged in community outreach regionally and worldwide to help disseminate safe and high quality health care to those in need. A few examples of these initiatives are:
Global Surgery Fellowship
The Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery is proud to introduce a new two-year Global Surgery Fellowship.
Seated in the largest medical center in the world and in what has been called the most ethnically diverse metropolitan area in the country, Baylor has a history of training physicians to provide excellence in medical care across the globe. Home of the National School of Tropical Medicine, Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative at Texas Children’s Hospital, and numerous global health initiatives, the Texas Medical Center provides a natural stage for international health collaboration and advancement.
Helping Middle School Girls Reach for the Stars
General Surgery Residents Drs. Brandi Scully (PGY-5), Megan Vu (PGY-2), Surgical Critical Care Residency alumnus (2017)/Ben Taub Hospital surgeon Dr. Jamie Fitch, Baylor College of Medicine medical students Kelly Schultz, Kirea Mazzolini, Chelsea Guy-Frank, Rachel Kaplan, Anjali Raghuram, Sydney Sachse and Umang Parikh represented the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at the Reach for the Stars! STEM Festival. The event (formerly called the Sally Ride Science Festival) took place April 21, 2018 at Rice University and was a great success, teaching middle school girls about fields in medicine, engineering and science.
Elkins Pancreas Center Team Surpasses Goal at PurpleStride 2015!
The Elkins Pancreas Center team of 44 people raised over $11,000 - the third highest team. The event, which took place on Nov. 21 at NRG Park to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer and funds to advance research.
Baylor College of Medicine Global Health Corps
In her 2013 BCM Momentum blog entry, A Day in the Life of Dr. C. Anne Morrison: Experiences in rural Tanzania, she describes her last year teaching and practicing at Sengerema Designated District Hospital, a 250-bed, district-level hospital located in rural Tanzania. SDDH is a poor, under-funded, public hospital with a catchment area of a half million people that also serves as a training site for nursing students and low-level medical providers (clinical officers and assistant medical officers).
Dr. Morrison was one of only three physicians at the SDDH. In addition to providing specialized surgical care, she led AMO students through their eight-week surgical rotations.
Plastic Surgery Outreach
Dr. Larry Hollier Jr., chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and other faculty in the division have been very active in surgical outreach efforts in the less developed world. Dr. Hollier is a member of the medical advisory board of Smile Train, the largest organization in the world providing care for children with cleft lip and cleft palate problems. He has been on numerous trips sponsored by Smile Train to Haiti, both before and after the earthquake in 2010.
With the help of other local organizations he has also traveled to Southeast Asia, Central America and Africa to care for children with cleft deformities and serious burn injuries. Additionally, Dr. Laura Monson traveled to Egypt and Dr. Edward Buchanan traveled to Tanzania to treat these children as well. These problems are often left untreated in less developed countries, leading to a lifetime of disfigurement.
Dr. Hollier currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board of Smile Train.
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center has launched an exciting telehealth program, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), with world renowned hepatologist, Norman Sussman, M.D. Dr. Sussman is triple board certified and has over 30 years of hepatology experience and has active interests in advances in the management of chronic hepatitis C and fatty liver disease.
Faith In Practice
Drs. Oluyinka O. Olutoye and Irving J. Zamora participated in the Faith In Practice medical mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala in May 2012. Dr. Olutoye has been participating in the program for the past seven years.
Faith In Practice is a non-profit, ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to improve the physical, spiritual, and economic conditions of the poor in Guatemala through short-term surgical, medical and dental mission trips and health-related educational programs.