Dr. Haile Debas examines future of global surgery in JAMA
In “The Emergence and Future of Global
Surgery in the United States,” published in the
September 2015 issue of the Journal of the American
Medical Association ( JAMA), Haile T. Debas,
MD, FACS, examines the need for an integrated
response in the U.S. to global surgery. U.S.
academic institutions and surgical associations,
including the American College of Surgeons,
should drive the global effort, he says.
Dr. Debas is Maurice Galante Distinguished
Professor of Surgery Emeritus, University
of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and a
gastrointestinal surgeon who chaired the UCSF
department of surgery from 1987 to 2003. He
also is the founding director of the University
of California Global Health Institute and was
instrumental in the creation of the Consortium
of Universities for Global Health, serving as the
founding chair of its board of directors (2009–
2012). In addition, Dr. Debas is a volume editor of
Essential Surgery, Disease Control Priorities, Third
edition, published by the World Bank Group.
Referring to global surgery as an indispensable
component of world health, Dr. Debas notes
that approximately 18 percent of the total
global burden of disease is surgical and that
1. 4 million deaths could be averted annually
with basic surgical procedures. Renewed
efforts for global surgical care should focus
on the formation of a consortium for global
surgery, with the involvement of stakeholder
organizations, students, and residents, he says.
The consortium would develop working groups
in governance and organization, education
and training, and clinical implementation of
trauma and essential surgical services, as well as
research in low- and middle-income countries
as defined by the World Health Organization.
View the article online at http://archsurg.
Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag elected
to National Academy of Medicine
Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, vice-chancellor
for human health sciences and dean, University
of California (UC) Davis School of Medicine,
and Past-Chair of the American College of
Surgeons Board of Regents, has been elected
to the National Academy of Medicine—
considered among the highest honors in
the fields of health care and medicine.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Freischlag has
led education and training programs at medical
schools in her role as professor and chair of
surgery and vascular surgery departments.
Dr. Freischlag also has more than 25 years
of experience leading patient-care services
as chief of surgery or vascular surgery.
Before joining the UC Davis Health System, she
served as professor and chair, surgery department,
and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical
Institutions, Baltimore, MD. At Johns Hopkins,
she led initiatives
to expand research,
add specialty clinical
and patient safety,
redesign the surgical
training program, and
career paths for faculty.
established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine,
is an independent organization of professionals
from diverse fields including health and medicine
and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences.
To access a UC Davis press release announcing
Dr. Freischlag’s election, go to www.prweb.
com/releases/2015/10/ prweb13030718.htm. ♦
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