The Northwestern Trauma & Surgical Initiative Global Surgery Fellowship was created to cultivate physicians with not only experience in research, programmatic development, policy, and advocacy, but also the ambition and compassion needed to reduce the burden of untreated  surgical disease in resource limited areas, to ensure the next generation of capable leaders.

Our fellows are encouraged to seek diverse collaborations, in both low and high resource settings, to facilitate the understanding and elimination of socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental barriers to surgical access.

For more information about NTSI’s Global Surgery Fellowship, please contact us at bethechange@ntsinitiative.org.

Global Surgery Fellows

2016 – 2017 Samuel South, MD

Samuel South, MD

Samuel South, MD

Samuel South, MD, graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Chemistry, then a Doctorate of Medicine. He is currently a general surgery resident at Northwestern University. Beginning in July of 2016, he became the in-country global surgery fellow in Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia, and is working to strengthen the pre-hospital emergency response infrastructure in the region. To achieve that goal, he is collaborating with policy makers and leaders in the medical community to establish a single emergency response phone number while developing a central dispatch center with a department-wide communication network. He has also devised a unique infrastructure strategy, which involves an innovative, modular training program for laypersons and physicians who provide pre-hospital care. This training program, in combination with the hospital-based trauma registry deployed by our group, informed legislative policy and led to the decision to implement a novel model for providing emergency care in the Department of Santa Cruz. The program will provide community ambulances with trained emergency physicians, yet recognizes the availability and utility of laypersons who frequently provide care first. Importantly, this program takes advantage of previously untapped resources and marries them to unmet needs, thereby creating a synergistic solution, which builds infrastructure without incurring additional cost. This innovative method of infrastructure development will have profound effects on the culture of the region, as demonstrated by the strength of community support and reception among legislative stakeholders. The advent of a sustainable, integrated, and coordinated emergency medical system will change the way patients and providers experience trauma, emergency care, and medical education in a lower-middle income country. Dr. South will use a variety of social media instruments to document this process and describe the system transformation from the perspective of patients and providers in the area.

2015 – 2016 Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH

Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH

Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH

Dr. Boeck graduated summa cum laude in 2006 from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After acceptance into the Hunter College Linkage Program, she attended Weill Cornell Medical College, where she graduated in the top three of her class in 2011 and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed three post-graduate years as a general surgery resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, then took two research years away from clinical responsibilities. The first was spent at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a competitive Global Health Scholar in the Master of Public Health program, where she pursued studies in health systems, policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, and global health, and was inducted into Delta Omega, the honorary society in public health. During her second research year, she was based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, working on furthering the development of the city’s trauma and emergency response system, the implementation of hospital-based trauma registries, and local research and training capacity development. She plans to pursue a trauma and critical care fellowship after completing her general surgical residency, aiming for a career involving both domestic and international clinical and research activities. She is the project advisor for NTSI’s Bolivian Trauma Initiative.