Centre for Global Surgery

Our Work

Learn More

Research

Learn More

Bethune Round Table

Learn More

Dr. Gwen Hollaar

Centre for Global Surgery

Dr. Gwen Hollaar
Director

Message from the Director

The Center for Global Surgery (CGS) was created in 2009, largely to help organize, support, and host the Bethune Round Table, an annual conference aimed at addressing the challenges of providing accessible, high-quality surgical care to marginalized patients in low-resource settings.

Since then, the purpose has evolved, and the current mission of the CGS is to promote global citizenship by providing a means for faculty, residents, and staff to participate in activities that strengthen surgical care, education, and research amongst vulnerable populations on the local, national, and global stage.

The CGS steering committee seeks to develop priorities and strategies that encourage department members to be active global citizens.

Accountable to the Department of Surgery, the CGS director is appointed with its board comprised of department volunteers. Membership is open to all Department of Surgery staff and trainees, members of the Department of Anesthesiology, and members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Mission

To provide a foundation through which professionals from surgical disciplines at the University of Calgary can participate in international endeavours that provide humanitarian assistance and strengthen surgical education and research in low-income countries.

Vision

To advocate for improved surgical care for the world’s poor by building partnerships that promote and provide surgical care within low-income countries (LMIC) or disadvantaged populations.

Goals

  • Develop partnerships with LMIC colleagues to improve surgical care in their environments, including surgical CME projects.
  • Collaborate with other Canadian university’s international surgery offices.
  • Collaborate on projects with UCalgary’s Global Health and International Partnerships Office by offering surgical expertise and perspective.
  • Facilitate UCalgary surgical residents to do clinical or research electives in LMIC countries.
  • Host rounds or journal clubs on international surgery.

Contact Us

We are excited about the future of the CGS, and we are always looking for input and participation. We encourage everyone to consider how we can take a more active role as global citizens. For more information and to get involved, please contact cgs@ucalgary.ca (faculty and general questions) or Edna Nikoid, International Partnerships Coordinator (residents).

Executive Committee

Department of Surgery 

Dr. Gwen Hollaar - Director      

Dr. John Kortbeek             

Dr. Fabio Ferri-de-Barros 

Dr. Frankie Fraulin

Executive Committee

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 

Dr. Magali Robert

Dr. Jaelene Mannerfeldt

Members

Dr. Adriena de Visser

Dr. Rebecca Hartley

Dr. Ameer Farooq

Dr. Jonathan Bourget-Murray

Dr. Hadal El-Hadi

Quick Links

CASIEF

Learn More

CNIS

Learn More

Indigenous, Local & Global Health Office

Learn More

The Lancet Global Health

Learn More