Research Opportunities for UCLA Medical Students
UCLA Medical students can apply to conduct global surgery research between their first and second years of medical school through the Short-Term Training Program in Global Health Research (Global STTP) offered through the UCLA Center for World Health. Global STTP is supervised by Daniel DeUgarte, MD, who graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine and UCLA General Surgery Training Program. He completed a master’s of science in clinical research and a certificate in global health. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Co-Director of the Global Health Education Program in the UCLA Center for World Health. He has mentored several students and colleagues in research topics related to global surgery primarily in Mozambique. Students may identify other mentors who are conducting global surgery research.
UCLA Faculty Research in Global Surgery
Dr. Jorge Lazareff is Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of Humanitarian Missions for the UCLA Center for World Health. He has a robust relationship with the only children’s hospital in Nicaragua (Hospital Manuel de Jesus Rivera “La Mascota” in Managua). He is conducting research in surgical safety and barriers to care for the treatment of surgical congenital disorders with an emphasis on neural tube defects. In addition, he is conducting similar research in barriers to care for the treatment of neural tube defects at another partner site in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai Children’s Medical Center is one of the preeminent cardiac surgery and neurosurgery centers in the world.
Dr. Reza Jarrahy, an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Bonnie Taub, an anthropologist who is Chair of the Latin American Studies Graduate Program with appointments in the Fielding School of Public Health and the Department of Antrhopology at UCLA, have received a UCLA transdisciplinary seed grant, as well as grants from the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute to examine how surgical care administered by foreign surgeons intersects with the cultural beliefs and traditions of the indigenous people they serve. This focus on “surgical anthropology” has generated multiple abstracts that have been presented at national and international surgical and anthropological meetings. Their work has supported the “At the Crossroads” symposia, a series of multidisciplinary conferences geared toward advancing global health efforts at UCLA and beyond.
UCLA Residents and Global Surgery Research
Opportunities exist for UCLA residents to perform research in global surgery and obtain a master’s of public health.
Shant Shekherdimian, MD, is a graduate of the UCLA General Surgery training program who completed the UCLA Executive Master of Public Health during his lab years. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, and advises the Armenian Ministry of Health. He is involved in evaluating the role of and implementing quality improvement and surgical safety in low to middle in low and middle income countries.
Catherine Juillard, MD, is a former Peace Corps volunteer and graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine and UCLA General Surgery Training Program. During her lab years, she obtained a master’s of public health at Johns Hopkins University and conducted research in Cameroon. She is currently completing trauma and critical-care training at the University of California, San Francisco.
Current general surgery resident, Justin Wagner, MD, is working with David Chen, MD, on education research to evaluate the efficacy of hernia training in underserved areas of Latin America through the nonprofit organization Hernia Repair for the Underserved, using the Operative Performance Rating Scale (OPRS), live teleproctoring using Google Glass technology, live-stream interactive lectures, and online resources.
Please contact Chi Quach at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a UCLA faculty member in surgery who would like to be added to this list.
|Anthony Aldave, MD||India||Corneal transplantation outcomes|
|David Chen, MD||Latin America||Hernia; training surgeon; education|
|Daniel DeUgarte, MD||Mozambique, Peru||Burns; partnerships; transfusion practice; pediatric & general surgery; pediatrics|
|Ross Donaldson, MD||Various||Emergency care and trauma|
|Avital Harari, MD||Tanzania||General and endocrine surgery|
|Jorge Lazareff, MD||China, Nicaragua||Neurosurgery; spina bifida|
|Shant Shekherdimian, MD||Armenia||Quality improvement; surgical safety; education; partnerships|
University of California Global Health Institute (UCGHI)
Stephen Bickler, MD (UCSD)
Catherine Juillard, MD (UCLA)
- General surgical services at an urban teaching hospital in Mozambique
Snyder E, Amado V, Jacobe M, Sacks GD, Bruzoni M, Mapasse D, DeUgarte DA. J Surgical Research. Epub 2015 Apr 9.
- Analysis of Prospective Trauma Registry Data in Francophone Africa: A Pilot Study from Cameroon
- Juillard CJ, Stevens KA, Monono ME, Mballa GA, Ngamby MK, McGreevy J, Cryer G, Hyder AA. World J Surg. 2014 May 4. [Epub ahead of print]
- Evaluation of preoperative and intraoperative red blood cell transfusion practices at Maputo Central Hospital, Mozambique
Burke ZD, Chen JB, Conceicao C, Hoffman RM, Miller LT, Taela A, DeUgarte DA. Transfusion. 2014 Jan;54(1):42-8. Epub 2013 May 21.
- Is the Kampala Trauma Score an Effective Predictor of Mortality in Low-Resource Settings? A Comparison of Multiple Trauma Severity Scores
Weeks SR, Juillard CJ, Monono ME, Etoundi GA, Ngamby MK, Hyder AA, Stevens KA. World J Surg. 2014 Aug;38(8):1905-11.
- The international use of the Boston type I keratoprosthesis
Kim MJ, Bakhtiari P, Aldave AJ. Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2013 Spring;53(2):79-89.
- Hospital-based injury data from level III institution in Cameroon: retrospective analysis of the present registration system
Chichom Mefire A, Etoundi Mballa GA, Azabji Kenfack M, Juillard C, Stevens K. Injury. 2013 Jan;44(1):139-43. Epub 2011 Nov 17.
- International results with the Boston type I keratoprosthesis
Aldave AJ, Sangwan VS, Basu S, Basak SK, Hovakimyan A, Gevorgyan O, Kharashi SA, Jindan MA, Tandon R, Mascarenhas J, Malyugin B, Padilla MD, Maskati Q, Agarwala N, Hutauruk J, Sharma M, Yu F. Ophthalmology. 2012 Aug;119(8):1530-8.
- Patterns of injury and violence in Yaoundé Cameroon: an analysis of hospital data
Juillard C, Etoundi Mballa GA, Bilounga Ndongo C, Stevens KA, Hyder AA. World J Surg. 2011 Jan;35(1):1-8.
- Socioeconomic impact of road traffic injuries in West Africa: exploratory data from Nigeria
Juillard C, Labinjo M, Kobusingye O, Hyder AA. Inj Prev. 2010 Dec;16(6):389-92. Epub 2010 Aug 30.
- Global corneal blindness and the Boston keratoprosthesis type I
Ament JD, Todani A, Pineda R 2nd, Shen TT, Aldave AJ, Dohlman CH, Chodosh JAm J Ophthalmol. 2010 Apr;149(4):537-9.
- Developing priorities for addressing surgical conditions globally: furthering the link between surgery and public health policy
Mock C, Cherian M, Juillard C, Donkor P, Bickler S, Jamison D, McQueen K. World J Surg. 2010 Mar;34(3):381-5.
- Strengthening care of injured children globally
Mock C, Abantanga F, Goosen J, Joshipura M, Juillard C. Bull World Health Organ. 2009 May;87(5):382-9.
- The burden of road traffic injuries in Nigeria: results of a population-based survey
Labinjo M, Juillard C, Kobusingye OC, Hyder AA. Inj Prev. 2009 Jun;15(3):157-62.
- A national analysis of the relationship between hospital volume, academic center status, and surgical outcomes for abdominal hysterectomy done for leiomyoma
Juillard C, Lashoher A, Sewell CA, Uddin S, Griffith JG, Chang DC. J Am Coll Surg. 2009 Apr;208(4):599-606.
- Establishing the evidence base for trauma quality improvement: a collaborative WHO-IATSIC review
Juillard CJ, Mock C, Goosen J, Joshipura M, Civil I. World J Surg. 2009 May;33(5):1075-86.
Abstracts, Poster, and Presentations
- Developing Effective Partnerships between Diaspora Communities and Home Countries; Lessons Learned From Armenia’s Post Independence Experience
Shant Shekherdimian. Bethune Roundtable. June 5, 2014. Hamilton, Canada.
- Bridging gaps with anthropology and surgery in global settings
Taub B, Badaoui C, Ward RF, Siegel N, Jarrahy R. Consortium of Universities for Global Health. May 10, 2014. Washington, DC.
- Assessment of Pediatric Burn Management in a Tertiary Care Center in Sub-Saharan Africa
Martins D, Karan A, Johnson B, Amado V, Kulber D, Taela A, Hartford E, DeUgarte DA. Pacific Coast Surgical Association. February 15, 2014. Dana Point, CA.
- Implementation and Analysis of Initial Trauma Registry in Iquitos, Peru
Duron VP, DeUgarte DA, Salazar E, Garcia J, Upperman JS. Academic Surgical Congress. February 5, 2014. San Diego, CA.
- Case Volume Distribution in the Mozambican Pediatric General Surgery Training Unit
Martins D, Amado V, Johnson B, Karan A, Hartford E, Taela A, DeUgarte DA. Academic Surgical Congress. February 5, 2014. San Diego, CA.
- Cultural Awareness and Screening in a Global Surgery Setting
Jarrahy R, Nguyen, PD, Taub B. February 4, 2014. San Diego, CA.
- Surgical Management of Malaria Complicated by Peripheral Gangrene in Pediatric Patients
Martins D, Amado V, Taela A, DeUgarte DA. Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. January 18, 2014. Santa Barbara, CA.
- Developing a Collaboration to Improve General Pediatric Surgical Care in Mozambique
Taela A, Shekherdimian S, Miller L, DeUgarte DA. Pan African Pediatric Surgical Association. Presentation. March 21, 2012. Cape Town, South Africa.
- From research to policy: creation of an injury committee in Cameroon in response to prospective trauma registry data
Juillard C, Steven K, Monono M, Etoundi G, Kouo Ngamby M, McGreevy J, Cryer G, Hyder A. Alliance of Surgery and Anesthesia Presence. August 29, 2011. San Diego, CA.
- Developing A Long Term Collaboration To Improve Pediatric Surgical Care In Mozambique
Shekherdimian S, Taela A, Miller LT, Hoffman R, Ismail M, Bernstein RM, DeUgarte DA. 4th Annual ASAP Meeting: Building Sustainable Surgical Systems. Poster Presentation. November 9, 2011. San Diego, CA.