In India, most kidney and liver donors are women—75% and 60%, respectively. But only 19% of kidney and 24% of liver recipients are women. What gives? “Although the bodies of women in India are policed like international borders, families don’t mind [them] being cut up for…

A life of swiping and scrolling has eroded key manual skills for a generation of surgical students, an Imperial College professor cautioned, according to the BBC.

Institutional Barriers Sitting in a large auditorium, my eyes scanned across the 300 or so highly respected cardiothoracic surgeons who came from all over Japan. Many were dozing or fast asleep. All but 5 or 6 of the surgeons were men. The gender imbalance shocked me. It…

20 years ago, Evan Atar Adaha was told that pursuing humanitarian work in Sudan was a death wish. 2 decades on, the surgeon is still working around the clock, leading a facility serving 200,000, mostly refugees and people displaced by conflict in Sudan and South Sudan. This…

Sweat poured down Fenol’s body as he writhed in pain on a stretcher in a southern Haiti emergency room. Two days earlier, a motorcycle crash caused massive trauma to his abdomen. His internal injuries had precipitated multi-organ failure and shock, and he had lost precious…

Around a third of the global disease burden is surgical, but relatively little is known about the accessibility to surgical treatments in sub-Saharan Africa. A new study sheds some light, detailing how to better estimate access to surgery and factoring in geographic access…

Improved surgical care is a gateway to sustainable development, fostering healthy populations, and thus productivity and economic growth, writes writes Emmanuel Malabo Makasa, a surgeon and diplomat working in Zambia. 70% of the global population lacks access to safe,…

ORs are dominated by intricate social subcultures, such as embedded hierarchies and gender dynamics that both fuel and alleviate conflict. A study observing social exchanges in 200 surgeries found there was more cooperation in the OR when the attending surgeon worked…

Spain’s opt-out system of presumed consent for organ donation is lauded for the country’s unrivaled organ donation rates. Other countries are quick idealize an opt-out transition to boost rates, but Spain’s infrastructure and culture are the much bigger determiners of its…

Since the West African Ebola outbreak, a slew of guidelines and a vaccine have surfaced to fight the disease. Right now, a robust response is underway to curb the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s latest outbreak. Yet official surgical guidance from the WHO and the US CDC…