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Global Surgery Institute

Founded in 2017, the UTHSC Global Surgery Institute was borne out of a community of faculty, residents and students with a passion for service, bidirectional learning and clinical experience in surgery across the world. With the support, direction and oversight of the Department of Surgery, the Global Surgery Institute aims to provide opportunities for global surgical experience, curriculum and research for residents, students and faculty to further the mission of UTHSC and for the benefit of Tennessee and the Mid-South region. 

The Global Surgery Institute faculty are engaged in work in Tanzania, Cameroon, Philippines, Ecuador, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Russia and Honduras. 


Nia Zalamea, MD
Assistant Professor
Director, Global Surgery Institute

Chris Fleming, MD
Associate Professor 

Martin Fleming, MD, FACS 
Associate Professor
Division Chief, Surgical Oncology

 Denis Foretia, MD
Assistant Professor

Kelly Kempe, MD
Assistant Professor

 John Nelson, MD
Assistant Professor
William Novick, MD
 David Shibata, MD, FACS, FASCRS, FSSO
Harwell Wilson Endowed Chair in Surgery
Professor and Chairman
 Ying Weatherall, MD
Assistant Professor




Global Footprint

Feb 20, 2024