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.


Faculty Research in Global Surgery

David Chen, MD, is focused on educational 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.

Rochelle Dicker, MD is Vice Chair and Chief of Surgical Critical Care at UCLA. Prior to coming to UCLA, she co-founded the UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies. Internationally, her work is focused in Soroti, a Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda, where she works with partners to develop trauma/surgical registries, improve blood-banking practices, and studies barriers and cost effective of surgical care.

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.

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 completed trauma and critical-care training at the University of California, San Francisco. She co-founded the UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies.

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.


Faculty Mentors

Please contact Chi Quach at cquach@mednet.ucla.edu if you are a UCLA faculty member in surgery who would like to be added to this list.

UCLA Surgery

Faculty Member Location(s) Topic(s)
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
Rochelle Dicker, MD Uganda Trauma/surgical registries; blood-bank; barriers/cost-effectiveness of surgical care
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 (UCSF)


Publications

  • Martins D, Amado V, Langa S, Ventura J, Taela A, DeUgarte DA. Malaria-Associated Peripheral Gangrene. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case-Reports 2014 2: 417-420.
  • Butler MW, Ozgediz D, Poenaru D, Ameh E, Andrawes S, Azzie G, Borgstein E, DeUgarte DA, Elhalaby E, Ganey ME, Gerstle JT, Hansen EN, Hesse A, Lakhoo K, Krishnaswami S, Langer M, Levitt M, Meier D, Minocha A, Nwomeh BC, Rahman LA, Rothstein D, Sekabira J. The Global Pediatric Surgery Network: A Model of Subspecialty Collaboration within Global Surgery. World Journal of Surgery 2015 39:335-342. PMID: 25344143.
  • Hartford E, Muananthatha O, Valigy V, Salimo S, Ziman A, DeUgarte, DA. Transfusion Practice and Knowledge in Mozambique. Transfusion 2015 55(7):1607-12. PMID: 25648912.
  • Snyder E, Amado V, Jacobe M, Sacks GD, Bruzoni M, Mapasse D, DeUgarte DA. General Surgical Services at an Urban Teaching Hospital in Mozambique. Journal of Surgical Research 2015. PMID: 25940163.
  • Datta N, MacQueen IT, Schroeder AD, Wilson JJ, Espinoza JC, Wagner JP, Filipi CJ, Chen DC. Wearable Technology for Global Surgical Teleproctoring. J Surg Educ 2015.
  • Alexander JK, Basak SK, Padilla MDB, Aldave AJ. International outcomes of the Boston type I keratoprosthesis in Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. Cornea 2015;34:1387-94.
  • Dong PN, Han TN, Aldave AJ, Chau HM. Indications for and techniques of keratoplasty at Vietnam National Institute of Ophthalmology. Int J Ophthal. 2016; 9:379-83.
  • Karan A, Amado V, Vitorino P, Kulber D, Taela A, DeUgarte DA. Evaluating the Socioeconomic and Cultural Factors Associated with Pediatric Burn Injuries in Maputo, Mozambique. Pediatric Surgery International 2015. PMID: 26280740.
  • Karan A, DeUgarte D, Barry M. Medical “Brain Drain” and Health Care Worker Shortages: How Should International Training Programs Respond? AMA Journal of Ethics. 2016 (18):665-675. PMID: 27437816
  • Amado V, Martins DB, Karan A, Johnson B, Shekherdimian S, Miller LT, Taela A, DeUgarte DA. Global General Pediatric Surgery Partnership: The UCLA-Mozambique Experience. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 2017.
  • Kashmira S. Chawla, Rutkow L, Garber K, Kushner A, and Stewart B. Beyond a moral obligation: A legal framework for emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia. World Journal Surgery, 2017 Feb 8.
  • Moore AM, Datta N, Wagner JP, Schroeder AD, Reinpold W, Franciss MY, Silva RA, Chen DC, Filipi CJ, Rolls S. Centralized, Capacity-Building Training of Lichtenstein Hernioplasty in Brazil. Am J Surg 2017 (213); 277-281.
  • Wagner JP, Schroeder AD, Espinoza JC, Hiatt JR, Mellinger JD, Cusick RA, Fitzgibbons RJ, Campanelli G, Cavalli M, Roll S, Silva RA, Reinpold W, Télémaque LF, Matthews BD, Filipi CJ, Chen DC. Global Outreach Using a Systematic, Competency-Based Training Paradigm for Inguinal Hernioplasty. JAMA Surg 2017 (152); 66-73.
  • Moore AM, Carter NH, Wagner JP, Filipi CJ, Chen DC. Web-Based Video Assessment of Operative Performance for Remote Telementoring. Surg Tech Int 2017.
  • Rouch JD, Dawes AJ, Garber K, Sukhudyan B, Sherkedimian S. Attitudes Toward Morbidity and Mortality Conferences Among Medical and Surgical Pediatric Specialists in Low to Middle Income Countries: Survey of Physicians in Armenia. JAMA Surg 2017.
  • Schroeder AD, Campanelli G, Cavalli M, Cusick R, Fitzgibbons R, Gilbert A, Lawson C, Manion J, Matthew B, Reinpold W, Roll S, Telemaque LF, Wagner JP, Chen DC, Filip CJ. Humanitarianism in Surgery. Hernia 2017.
  • Chawla KS, Rutkow L, Garber K, Kushner AL, Stewart BT. Beyond a Moral Oblication: A Legal Framework for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care and Anesthesia. World Journal of Surgery 2017.
  • Garber K, Stewart BT, Burkle FM Jr, Kushner AL, Wren SM. A Framework for a Battlefield Trauma System for Civilians. Ann Surg 2018.
  • Bommakanti K, Feldhaus I, Motwani G, Dicker RA, Juillard C. Trauma Registry Implementation in Low- and Middle- Income Countries: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Surgical Research 2018.

Abstracts, Poster, and Presentations

  • Muanatatha O, Ziman A, DeUgarte DA, Hartford E. Transfusion Practice and Knowledge in Mozambique. AABB 2014 Annual Meeting. Oral Presentation. October 25-28, 2014. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Snyder E, Amado V, Jacobe M, Bruzoni M, Mapasse D, DeUgarte DA. Designing an International Partnership to Improve Surgical Training in a Low-Income Country. Academic Surgical Congress. February 3, 2015. Las Vegas, NV.
  • Shekherdimian S. Healthcare in Armenia; Identifying Needs, Measuring Success, and Defining the Role of the Diaspora; ARPA Institute Seminar Series. July 30, 2015, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Shekherdimian S. CAPS Travelling Resident Presentation. Canadian Association of Pediatric Surgeons. September 18, 2015, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
  • Irby K, Shekherdimian S, Alexanian C, Foster R. Baghdassarian A. Pediatric Emergency Medicine Education Curriculum in Armenia. American Association of Pediatrics, October 25, 2015, Washington DC.
  • Rouch J, Dawes A, Sukhudyan B, Shekherdimian S. Knowledge and Perceptions of Morbidity and Mortality Conferences Among Pediatric Surgeons in Armenia. Longmire Surgical Society. March 4, 2016. University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Punchak M, Hall K, Seni A, Kelly R, DeUgarte DA, Hartford E, Muando VI. Pediatric Critical Care Academic Partnership at an Urban Teaching Hospital in Mozambique. 8th World Congress on Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care. Toronto, Canada. June 4-8, 2016.
  • Rouch J, Dawer AJ, Sukhudyan B, Shekherdimian S. Differences in Attitudes Toward Morbidity and Mortality Conferences Among Medical and Surgical Specialists in Low to Middle Income Countries: Survey of Physicians in Armenia. American Academy of Physicians. San Francisco, CA October 25, 2016.
  • Park H, Rego D, Amado V, Sacks GD, Buck WC, Santos P, DeUgarte DA. Goals and Barriers to Participation in Bilateral Academic Clinical Exchange Programs: Results from Surgery Resident Survey. Society of University Surgeons Poster Session. Academic Surgical Congress. Las Vegas, NV. February 8, 2017.
  • Garber K, Groen R, Ogedengbe O, DeUgarte D, Kushner A. Surgical Delivers in Sub-Saharan Africa: Two Methodologies to Estimate Need. Academic Surgical Congress. Las Vegas, NV. February 9, 2017.
  • Rouch J, Dawes AJ, Sukhudyan B, Shekherdimian S. Cultural barriers to morbidity and mortality conference in low to middle income countries. Academic Surgical Congress. February 8, 2017.
  • Rouch J, Dawes AJ, Sukhudyan B, DeUgarte D, Shekherdimian S. Knowledge and perceptions of morbidity and mortality conferences among pediatric surgeons in Low to Middle Income Countries. Pacific Coast Surgical Association, February 18, 2017.
  • Amado, Vanda. DeUgarte DA. UCLA-Mozambique Pediatric Surgery Partnership. College of Surgeons of East, Central and South Africa (COSECSA) 2017 Scientific Conference. Maputo, Mozambique. December 7, 2017.
  • DeUgarte DA. “Less is More” for Gastroschisis. College of Surgeons of East, Central and South Africa (COSECSA) 2017 Scientific Conference. Maputo, Mozambique. December 8, 2017.