Dr. Zalamea leads
in the Philippines
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Operation Giving Back (OGB) initiative was created with the mission “to leverage the passion, skills, and humanitarian ethos of the surgical community to effectively
meet the needs of the medically underserved.”* Fellows
of the ACS are committed to this vision and are providing
care to underserved patients around the globe.
In an effort to acknowledge the service that these
surgeon-volunteers provide, OGB is profiling some of
these volunteers and partners to showcase their work and
to describe how they met specific challenges providing
care to the medically underserved around the world. This
month’s profile is an interview with Nia Noelle Millan Zalamea, MD, FACS, a general surgeon in Memphis, TN. Dr.
Zalamea is involved in two international volunteerism
programs—the Memphis Mission of Mercy and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Global Surgery
*American College of Surgeons. Operating Giving Back. About Operating Giving Back: Our Mission. Available at:
facs.org/ogb. Accessed July 20, 2017.
by Brittanie Wilczak, MPH
Victorias, December 8, 2015