Solving for Why
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
The Center for Global Surgery Evaluation (CGSE) seeks to achieve universal access to equitable health care by disseminating relevant, scientific research that informs surgery policy on a global scale.
CGSE utilizes a systems approach to address the root cause of all barriers faced in accessing surgical care. Taking into account the reality that policy decisions are multifactorial and outcomes may conflict, CGSE is focused on alleviating the economic obstacles with systemic underpinnings that stand in the way of patients obtaining the care they need. This is achieved through an extrapolation of the guiding Socratic principle that the unexamined work is not worth performing. Therefore research is the crux of all we do, with questions originating from an ultimate goal of solving for why.
Taking on this task is complex, and our team of researchers is constantly working to examine dilemmas using modeling studies to assess impact and enact sustainable change. While the journey is long and progress continually produces new externalities, the Center for Global Surgery Evaluation accepts the commitment to advance universal health care through a systems approach to global surgery.
Blake C. Alkire, MD, MPH
Assistant Director, Center for Global Surgery Evaluation
Mark G. Shrime, MD, MPH, PhD, FACS
Director, Center for Global Surgery Evaluation