Program in Global Surgery and Social Change

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA, Program Director

Program Background

Historically, global public health discourse has largely omitted surgical care from its list of priorities. However, conditions amenable to surgical treatment such as injuries, cancer, congenital anomalies, and complications from childbirth comprise a significant and growing proportion of global death and disability. Given the significant burden of surgical disease and the devastating impact lack of treatment can cause, surgery can no longer be considered a privilege for the few. The Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at Harvard Medical School and the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, aims to address this disparity, creating excellence and parity in global surgery and anesthesia care delivery to people in resource-limited settings around the world.