March 2020

Global Outreach Committee Update

Kota Watanabe, MD, PhD
Global Outreach Committee Chair

The Global Outreach Committee serves as a networking community that provides a platform for exchanging ideas and strategies related to independent outreach programs. The committee also develops and disseminates educational materials to improve these programs. We encourage the active participation of experienced surgeons as well as those who have never experienced an outreach program but are interested in participating in future trips.

To highlight the important outreach efforts of our members, we continue to gather data from sites and clarify the infrastructure and program specifics (volume, case types, etc.) We will provide information about opportunities for members to get involved with outreach and share their stories, tips, failures, and unique cases – all of which help build stronger outreach programs. We are currently working to create a networking platform for members to achieve this goal.

Although our support for global outreach efforts remain strong, the SRS has no oversight of specific global outreach programs. After consideration and reaffirmation of our role, the society leadership has decided to discontinue endorsement of individual outreach programs.


Chair: Kota Watanabe Committee: J. Michael Wattenbarger, Past Chair; Mehmet B. Balioglu; Brian A. Hsu; Martin Repko; Gregory R. White; MD Yousuf Ali (C); Michael J. Heffernan (C); Antony Kallur (C); Mohsen Karami (C); Isaac O. Karikari (C); Timothy P. McHenry (C); Martin J. Morrison, III (C); Luiz Mueller Avila (C); Ravi S. Bains; W. Fred Hess; Alejo Vernengo-Lezica; Saumyajit Basu, WWC; Daniel J. Hedequist; Kamal N. Ibrahim (E); Shyam Kishan; Elias C. Papadopoulos; Vidadhara Srinivasa; Dheera Ananthakrishnan, Orthopaedic Link Liason; Bettye A. Wright (E), Ex Officio