UCLA – Zhejiang University Liver Cancer Center (Hangzhou, China)

The UCLA Liver Transplant Program, led by Dr. Ronald Busuttil, has signed an agreement with the liver service of the First Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine for academic collaborations in liver transplantation, which have included regular teleconferences, trainee exchanges, and research collaborations.


UCLA – Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China)

The UCLA Department of Anesthesiology has a rotation and a clinical exchange program with the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine for academic collaborations in education and research.


UCLA – Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo, Mozambique)

UCLA originally established a surgical partnership in 2010 with Universidade Eduardo Mondlane and Hospital Central in Maputo, Mozambique to improve pediatric surgical care in a country with only one general surgeon dedicated to the care of its 10 million children. The partnership has led to multiple surgical training missions and several opportunities for Mozambican surgeons to receive training in pediatric surgery and participate in conferences abroad. Furthermore, the partnership has expanded to include other surgical specialties (including pediatric anesthesia and general surgery) and research activities. Hospital Central is a clinical site for medical student and general surgery residency electives. Partnership support has come from Mending Kids International, the Centers for Disease Control, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), Sun West Mortgage Co., Inc., and from the generosity of other philanthropic sources. For more information please contact Daniel DeUgarte at ddeugarte@mednet.ucla.edu.


UCLA – Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua School of Medicine – Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera (Managua, Nicaragua)

UCLA has established a partnership with Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua School of Medicine and the Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera (“La Mascota”) to promote the education and exchange of its health care professionals. In addition, several research projects have been initiated including the identification of barriers to treatment of neural tube defects, which has high prevalence in Nicaragua.


UCLA – Soddo Christian Hospital (Soddo, Ethiopia)

The UCLA department of Orthopaedic Surgery sends between 3-6 residents per year to Soddo Christian Hospital in Soddo, Ethiopia. Residents and faculty travel to Ethiopia for 3-week blocks to perform surgeries, teach local medical students and residents, and participate in an exchange of ideas regarding providing surgical care in resource sparse environments. This partnership helps to provide care for the underserved in Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea and Somalia. For information, please contact Nicholas Bernthal at nbernthal@mednet.ucla.edu.


UCLA – Arabkir Joint Medical Center and Institute of Child and Adolescent Health (Yerevan, Armenia)

UCLA-Arabkir JMC affiliation has been established to improve the quality of care delivered to children in Armenia. As the only pediatric tertiary referral center for the country, Arabkir JMC allows for students and residents to participate in the care of patients with a broad range of disease pathology. Additionally, the medical center provides a unique opportunity to learn about, and to contribute to the improvement of many of the problems that permeate health services in newly independent and former Soviet republics. Specifically, there are active projects in determining the burden of surgical disease in this region of the world, developing post-graduate and continuing medical education curricula, establishing effective relations with diaspora communities, and initiating hospital-wide quality improvement projects. For more information please contact: Shant Shekherdimian at shantiig@aol.com.


Pacific Coast Surgical Association Consortium – Muhimbili University (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

UCLA is a member of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association, which is working to establish a consortium to provide an international elective in general surgery. The partnership between Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Tanzania and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) was established in 2005 to address the health workforce crisis in Tanzania and establish research collaborations. For more information please contact Avital Harari at aharari@mednet.ucla.edu.


Harbor-UCLA Emergency Medicine Global Health Program

The Harbor-UCLA Emergency Medicine Global Health Program, led by Dr. Ross Donaldson, provides emergency and disaster care development assistance to states around the globe, spanning the prehospital and dispatch environments to the emergency department and subspecialty care, such as trauma. Recent and current programs include Iraq, Haiti, Armenia, South Sudan, Jordan (Syrian refugee health), and Albania. Related grants total close to $20 million dollars from funders such as the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, European Commission, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Bank, among others. The program has resulted in national emergency and disaster care strategies for several countries and has led the training of thousands of EMTs, nurses, and doctors, with over ten thousand health workers and citizens trained in Iraq alone.


UCLA Craniofacial Clinic (Campinas, Brazil)

The UCLA Craniofacial Clinic has established a formal relationship with Sobrapar Hospital for Craniofacial Surgery in Campinas, Brazil under the direction of Dr. Reza Jarrahy, who serves as a volunteer faculty member at the institution. This partnership has supported multiple surgical trips over the past decade and numerous basic science and clinical research collaborations studying various topics related to complex craniofacial surgery. Faculty from Sobrapar have also visited UCLA to participate in campus-wide global health initiatives. Ongoing opportunities for partnership include collaboration in surgery, research, and global health endeavors.