Global Surgery at Columbia


Today, over 5 billion people lack access to safe and affordable surgical care. Our goal at the Columbia Office of Global Surgery is to help narrow this gulf, as a means to reduce health disparities and the global burden of disease. 

The mission of the Columbia Office of Global Surgery (COGS) is to promote capacity for safe, sustainable surgical care globally, to connect Columbia health professionals to areas of global surgical need, and to facilitate exchanges of knowledge and technical skill.

Our vision is to provide support for bidirectional clinical exchanges, collaborative research, and resident and faculty education.


  1. Sustainable Surgical Care – To promote a systematic approach to surgical care globally through data-driven, sustainable, developmental strategies across surgical sub-specialties.

  2. Global Opportunities – To make available a diverse number of global surgical work and educational opportunities for medical students, residents, allied health professionals, and public health practitioners.

  3. Research Support – To support and publicize the research and fieldwork of CUMC students and faculty in global surgery topics, which may include:

    • General Surgery
    • Trauma and Emergency Surgery
    • Surgical Critical Care
    • Anesthesia
    • Surgical Oncology
    • Obstetric, gynecological, and maternal surgical care
    • Orthopedic Surgery
    • Urology
    • Other surgical sub-specialties (pediatric, cardiothoracic, ophthalmic, neurosurgery, etc.) 
    • Related topics, such as global surgical education, perioperative care, surgery epidemiology & global surgical infrastructure
    • Health systems architecture and addressing local barriers to accessing surgical care
  1. Public Health Outreach – To raise awareness of unmet surgical burdens through talks and presentations, and facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration on surgical care as a public health issue.

  2. Project Implementation – To assist the implementation of new projects to help meet the Lancet Commission Surgery 2030 guidelines in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  3. Funding Expansion – To help increase institutional and government funding for CUMC global surgery projects.

  4. Bidirectional exchange – To promote mutually-beneficial interdisciplinary and cross-cultural exchanges.



Ready to get involved or want more information? Contact us at

The staff of the Office of Global Surgery are here to help connect CUMC professionals at all levels to new opportunities in global surgery, and to provide support and publicity for pre-existing projects. Dr. Beth Hochman is our Director; Samuel Carter is our Project Coordinator.