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Medical Missions

The Global Surgery Institute works to promote surgical mission work across the globe, to assist surgical residents and students interested in mission work and to apply lessons learned around the globe to clinical care. Our doctors donate their surgical skills and services to help people worldwide. 

The faculty provides approximately 58 weeks of mission work throughout the year to a variety of countries. We have helped those in the Philippines, Honduras, Tanzania and many other destinations. UTHSC continues to explore ways to help the underserved around the globe.

Upcoming Trips

Peru

Ying Weatherall, MD, assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery and Tim Jancelewicz, MD, assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery will be going to Peru June 29-July 7, 2019.

Zambia

Denis Foretia, MD, assistant professor, Division of General Surgery will be traveling to Zambia from August 31-September 8, 2019.

Philippines

Nia Zalamea, MD, assistant professor, Division of General Surgery and her team will be going back to the Philippines for their annual medical mission September 26-October 5, 2019.

Honduras

Ying Weatherall, MD, assistant professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery will be going to Honduras from October 6-13, 2019. Additionally, Eunice Huang, MD, professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery will be traveling for the Spring trip- February 15, 2020 to March 1, 2020.

 

Past Trips

Honduras - October 2018

Ying Zhuge, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery just got back from a medical mission in Honduras. In keeping with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the team focused on women's health and prevention. They performed breast exams and Pap smears for over 200 patients!

Honduras, Dr. Zhuge
Honduras, Dr. Zhuge 
Honduras, Dr. Zhuge

Philippines - October 2018

Nia Zalamea, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery and her team started October performing surgical services in the Philippines! The team completed 14 surgeries (thyroidectomies, hernias, hydroceles and cleft lip and palate repairs) in one day. They spent their last day delivering candies and toys to the school kids in the government child development center as an early holiday present!

Nia Zalamea, MD, in the Philippines
GMA, Philippines
GMA, Philippines
 GMA, Philippines
 GMA, Philippines
 GMA, Philippines

Zambia - June 2018 

Denis Foretia, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Surgery visited Lusaka, Zambia. He met with Levy Mwanawasa Hospital teams to build partnerships that improve surgery in Africa.

Denis Foretia, MD, in Zambia
Denis Foretia, MD, in Zambia 
Denis Foretia, MD, in Zambia

Tanzania - April 2018

Martin Fleming, MD, Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology visited Tanzania to lay the groundwork for future collaboration.

 Martin Fleming, MD, in Tanzania
 Martin Fleming, MD, in Tanzania
 Martin Fleming, MD, in Tanzania
May 26, 2022