APSA Committees

APSA Committees carry out a number of different critical functions for the association. To learn more about a specific committee, click on the name below. APSA members who are logged onto the site will also see committee chair contact information.

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Global Pediatric Surgery

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Vision: a declaration of mid- or long-term goals. Long term: promote access to optimal surgical care for children throughout the world, especially in resource-limited settings Mid-term: identify partners in resource-limited settings for APSA to promote its global health pediatric surgery vision Short term: guidelines to identify and recruit APSA partners from resource-limited settings to promote APSA GPS vision Mission: statement of purpose. - Developing partnerships with overseas colleagues to facilitate the exchange of information and resources. - Advocating and encouraging responsible international service and surgical education by APSA members and trainees. - Facilitating the educational opportunities of surgeons caring for children in resource-limited settings. - Identifying and supporting areas of research relevant to pediatric surgical care in resource-limited settings.

Welcome to the APSA Global Pediatric Surgery Committee webpage.  We would like to inform you of our recent activities and to provide links to websites that might be of interest and use to you.

Recent Activities of the Global Pediatric Surgery Committee

Read recent presentations to the APSA Board of Governors:

APSA Travel Fellowship

For surgeons early in their careers working in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), please consider applying for the APSA Travel Fellow, which will sponsor your travel to the APSA Annual Meeting. In addition, we are offering a new program whereby Travel Fellows will be able to choose an area of special interest and visit an institution in the US or Canada for 4-6 weeks for an observership and specialty training either before or after the APSA Annual Meeting.

Click here to learn more and to complete the online application for the 2019 fellowship, due January 31, 2018. 


MD1world is a confidential forum for discussing patient care. After being accepted as a user, physicians can log in and provide patient details, including images and photographs. Other pediatric surgeons will provide online discussions and responses to questions asked. Visit the MD1world website.

Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery (GICS)

GICS is a recently formed coalition including providers from all children’s surgical subspecialties.  The projects are driven by surgeons working in low- and middle-income countries, helping to define needs, design practical solutions and promote research. Visit the GICS website.

Global Paediatric Surgery Network (GPSN)

Recently joined with GICS, the GPSN was formed with the goal of providing resources and promoting collaboration between surgeons and institutions providing care in low- and middle-income countries. Visit the GPSN website.

The Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma, and Anesthesia Care (The G4 Alliance)

The G4 Alliance, represented by more than 70 worldwide organizations, advocates for the neglected surgical patient, aiming to put surgical care on the health agenda of low- and middle-income countries through strategic relationships with the World Health Organization and policy making bodies. Visit the G4 Alliance website.

Operation Giving Back (OGB)

OGB is the humanitarian arm of the American College of Surgeons, helping to coordinate care in low-resources environments in the US and overseas. Visit the OGB website.

World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS)

WOFAPS consists of more than 100 pediatric surgical societies around the globe, organizing educational meetings and other gatherings. Visit the WOFAPS website.

Guidelines for Responsible Humanitarian Pediatric Surgical Care

These guidelines, endorsed by the APSA Global Pediatric Surgery Committee, the AAP Delivery of Surgical Care Global Health Subcommittee, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Committee on International Education and Service, and the American Pediatric Surgery Nursing Association Global Health Special Interest Group, are in the process of being published and will be posted here soon.

APSA Global Surgery Surveys

Three surveys have been performed of the APSA membership.


Joseph P. Vacanti - Liaison
Massachusetts General Hospital
J. Ted Gerstle - Chair
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Tamara Fitzgerald - Vice Chair
Duke University
Marilyn W. Butler - Member
Oregon Health & Sciences Univ
Muriel A. Cleary - Member
University of Massachusetts
Michael R. Curci - Member
ME Ped Surg Assoc
Daniel DeUgarte - Member
Philip K. Frykman - Member
Pacific Coast Pediatric Surgery, A Professional Corporation
Michael Ganey - Member
Tenwek Hospital
Sarah L. Greenberg - Member
Ivan M. Gutierrez - Member
Naval Medical Center
Gerald M. Haase - Member
Children's Hosp of Denver
Erik N. Hansen - Member
Monroe Carell J. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University
Sanjay Krishnaswami - Member
Oregon Health & Science Univ
John P. Lawrence - Member
Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital
Donald E. Meier - Member
Texas Tech Univ Health Sciences Ct, El Paso
Zaria C. Murrell - Member
Tennesse Valley Pediatric Surgery
Bindi Naik-Mathuria - Member
Texas Children's Hospital
Victor N. Ortiz-Justiniano - Member
Uniiversity of Puerto Rico
Doruk E. Ozgediz - Member
Yale New Haven Hospital
Robin T. Petroze - Member
University of Florida
Henry E. Rice - Member
Duke Univ Medical Ctr
Shant Shekherdimian - Member
Jorge E. Uceda - Member
Francisca T. Velcek - Member
Megan Vu - Member
Baylor College of Medicine
Ai-Xuan L. Holterman - Ex Officio
U of IL College of Medicine at Chicago