VCU Program for Global Surgery

For those who want to make a contribution to improving patient care around the world, please join us.

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Whether you're a student who wants to learn how to have an impact on the world or a VCU supporter interested in engaging in the legacy we're creating around the globe, come join us.


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VCU Global Health Seminar Series — Wednesday, September 15

Join VCU Program for Global Surgery and the Global Surgery Student Alliance at VCU for this month's presentation:

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“Pulmonary Critical Care in Sub-Saharan Africa; addressing a growing need"

Dr. Peter Jackson is an assistant professor in the division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. His research focuses on non-communicable lung disease in low-middle income countries with a focus on East Africa. In 2019, he was awarded a NIH-Fogarty Global Health Research Fellowship with Johns Hopkins University. More recently, he was awarded the Chest Foundation and American Thoracic Society Grant in COVID and Diversity to study the effects of COVID-19 on tuberculosis care in Uganda.

VCU Global Health Seminar Series
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 12-1PM

In person at MMEC 5-101 or via Zoom

Co-hosted by the Global Surgery Student Alliance at VCU Questions? Email:

Download Flyer: Global Health Seminar September

About the Seminar Series

This monthly lecture series was started to highlight the amazing international work done by physicians in the area. Students, residents, fellows, and faculty interested in global health, specifically global surgical efforts, are invited to attend.

Overview: Our Global Surgical Mission

Welcome to the VCU Program for Global Surgery. We invite you to see, share, and support the impact we can make around the world.

VCU Health is a public institution where we offer crucial regional support for patients and families regardless of their needs or their finances. We bring the same work ethic and compassion to institutions around the world to improve patient care in many hard-to-believe scenarios. According to The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery, five billion people around the world lack access to safe and affordable surgical care.

For several decades, our surgeons have worked across numerous countries to consult, teach, and support the development of other surgeons, trainees, and students to deliver the best care possible in their settings.

Meet Edgar Rodas, MD

Program Director

Edgar B. Rodas, MD, FACS
Director, VCU Program for Global Surgery
Associate Professor
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
VCU Department of Surgery

photo of Edgar Rodas, MD [View Image]Meet Edgar Rodas, MD

Funding Resources

If accepted, scholars will be asked to apply for available grants at VCU or other institutions/organizations to support their work. Self-funding is also acceptable.

Global Scholar Tracks

We encourage interested medical students, residents and fellows to work with VCU surgeons in collaboration with various global surgical partnerships.Global Scholar Tracks

VCU Global Surgery Leaders and Partners

Currently working across three continents—South America, Africa, and East Asia—we are grateful to our Global Surgery Partners without whom we could not organize our missions. Equally important to our program is the generous support from collaborators Charles and Ginny Crone, who created the VCU-Crone Scholars Program, a collaboration between VCU and the Ministry of Health in Rwanda.

We invite you to learn more about our faculty leaders, their partners, and the surgical services they provide around the world.

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Supporting Global Surgery

We encourage donations and in-kind support in order to enhance the mission of VCU Program for Global Surgery. Resident travel scholarships, teaching materials, technology services, all funding goes to support the mission of global surgery and global health.

Recognizing the Crone Family

A special thanks to Charles and Ginny Crone for their initial gift supporting our collaboration with the Ministry of Health of Rwanda.

We would also like to thank them for their subsequent gift to support VCU General Surgery Residents as they work on our global surgical collaborations.

Their philanthropic support has been critical to advancing our collaborations and helping VCU surgery residents engage meaningfully in these collaborations and become outstanding clinicians serving patients in the US and abroad.

Recognizing the Crone Family

How to give

Your gift will help us continue our global impact by supporting the training of new physicians in global surgery and expanding our outreach to countries that inspire to improve their health and well-being.  We have identified three overarching goals that we hope to achieve in the next three years:

  • Become the worldwide leader in global surgical education
  • Develop respected academic opportunities for trainees of all levels
  • Improve our efforts in sustainability and capacity building around the world

How to Give

Global Surgical Experiences

Through our global surgery program we offer vibrant opportunities for VCU faculty, trainees, and our partners to work together teaching and supporting the development of safe and affordable surgical care around the world.

Learn more about the individual experiences that illustrate the incredible diversity of training our faculty and institution have to offer.Global Surgical Experiences

How to Contact Us

Edgar Rodas, MD, FACS
Director, VCU Program for Global Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Acute Care Surgical Services
Department of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine

Nancy Valencia-Rojas, MSPH
Program for Global Surgery Coordinator
Department of Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University

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