Collaboration Platforms

The Center for Global Surgery partners with institutions around the world to develop long-lasting collaboration platforms that support capacity building and research.

Ethiopia

Ethiopia

Partner Institution: St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College

The Center for Global Surgery has establishing a long-lasting relationship with St. Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We worked with them to establish the first kidney transplant program in the country, and we continue to conduct kidney transplants with the institution. Our faculty have also worked with St. Paul's to create a fellowship for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction surgery, as well as to conduct research around breast reconstruction while working towards establishing a breast reconstruction program.

Focus Areas:

  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Breast Reconstruction

Activities:

  • Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Surgical Technique Training

Project Leads

Dr. Jeffrey Punch

Kidney Transplant Lead
Dr. Momoh

Dr. Adeyiza Momoh

Breast Reconstruction Lead
Dr. Wilkins

Dr. Edwin Wilkins

Breast Reconstruction Lead
Ghana

Ghana

Partner Institution: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH)

As part of the Center for Global Surgery's ongoing relationship with the KATH in Kumasi, Ghana, we collaborate with KATH to conduct surveys and semi-structured interviews with physicians and patients in Ghana to better understand the barriers to colorectal cancer screening. Our surgeons, along with faculty from Henry Ford Health System and Cornell, also partnered with KATH to establish a comprehensive breast clinic, and we continue to collaborate on increasing access to breast reconstruction.

Focus Areas:

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Breast Reconstruction

Activities:

  • Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Surgical Technique Training

Project Leads

Gifty Kwakye

Dr. Gifty Kwakye

Colorectal Screening Lead
Dr. Momoh

Dr. Adeyiza Momoh

Breast Reconstruction Lead
India

India

Partner Institutions: All India Institutes of Medical Science (AIIMS) & GVK

The Center for Global Surgery has a history of collaboration with AIIMS in New Delhi, Delhi, India, with the first projects starting in 2011. We currently work with them to develop trauma and surgical critical care programs, research training, and educational training. An example of our work with AIIMS includes research focusing on optic nerve ultrasounds in patients with traumatic brain injury. We also partner with GVK, India's primary ambulance service provider, to develop emergency response training.

Focus Areas:

  • Trauma & Critical Care
  • Emergency Response Training

Activities:

  • Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Protocol & Training Development

Project Lead

Dr. Raghavendran

Dr. Krishnan Raghavendran

Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Response Lead
Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone

Partner Institution: First Responder Coalition of Sierra Leone (FRCSL)

The Michigan Center for Global Surgery began its collaboration with the FRCSL (including the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, the University of Makeni, the Holy Spirit Hospital, LFR International, and the Agency for Rural Community Transformation) in 2019, focusing on lay first responder training for prehospital emergency medical services development. Initial trainings deployed more than 4,500 lay first responders, providing care to more than 2,000 documented patient encounters and an opportunity to study first responder knowledge improvement and retention, skill decay, patient impact, local trainer efficacy, and prehospital transport. Current initiatives involve studying the application of mobile technologies to coordinate and optimize prehospital response for improved emergency care coverage and outcomes. 

Focus Area:

  • Prehospital Trauma Care

Activities:

  • Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Protocol & Training development

Project Leads

Peter Delaney

Peter Delaney

Medical Student Lead
Dr. Raghavendran

Dr. Krisnan Raghavendran

Faculty Lead
Taiwan

Taiwan

Partner Institution: Chang Gung Memorial Hospital

The partnership with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan began in 2016, and it has continued to grow and evolve. The collaboration supports joint research projects between the institutions and opportunities for trainees to participate in elective clinical rotations at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. We have worked with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital on emergency planning, and we collaborate to conduct morphomics analysis of patients treated using vascularized lymph node transfer.

Focus Areas:

  • Research
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Planning
  • Morphomics

Activities:

  • Capacity Building
  • Research
  • Faculty & Student Exchange

Project Leads

Kevin Chi Chung, MD, MS

Dr. Kevin Chung

Surgery & Emergency Planning Lead
Dr. Wang

Dr. Stewart Wang

Morphomics Lead