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Invited Commentary
Sept/Oct 2016

Expanding Roles and Broader Goals for Global Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of California, Davis, Medical Center, Sacramento
  • 2Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Boston
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2016;18(5):361-362. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2016.0477

Global surgery is an emerging field within the widely known umbrella term of global health. A lack of data on surgically treatable disease states has been the biggest barrier to the necessary support and investments in global surgery. Most public health priorities address specific diseases (eg, malaria, human immunodeficiency virus, tuberculosis), whereas global surgery has only recently gained attention. Surgical volunteerism is very popular, but the more complex tasks of working with local health care systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are more difficult.1 Leadership and representation in public health arenas are needed to move the field toward the goal of “universal access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed. “2(p834)

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