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Global Health Leadership Track at UVA

At the University of Virginia, the Global Health Leadership Track (GHLT) has been established for residents in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics. The GHLT in Surgery combines the existing didactic components of global study available to these programs with a focused experience in the study of an aspect of international surgical delivery or training.

For details on the full GHLT program, including details for planning international rotations, please see the Center for Global Health GHLT website.

Global Health Leadership Track in Surgery Goals

  • To prepare young surgeons to become leaders in an area of global health practice, research, policy, education and / or training,
  • To develop an appreciation of the challenges involved in the delivery of international surgical education, training, and care.

GHLT in Surgery Eligibility

The track is open to all interested surgery residents, with applications accepted normally during the 2nd clinical year of training.  The commitment includes a curriculum component (GME certificate in public health or masters, international rounds and dinners with other GHLT programs), international rotation, and scholarly presentation.


Current GHLT Surgery Residents

We are excited to have Dr. Allison Martin and Dr. Adriana Ramirez join the GHLT Surgery track this year. Both are general surgery residents in their first year of laboratory research. Find out more about Allie and Adriana here!

Dr. Allison Martin

Version 2Dr. Allison Martin is currently a PGY-3 general surgery resident at the University of Virginia. She began her training as a Biochemistry and Psychology major at the University of Louisville and went on to purse an MD from Vanderbilt University, where she also earned the Certificate in Global Health due in part to work on an HIV educational program in Monrovia, Liberia. As a third year medical student, she was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School and completed an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Following this experience, she spent six weeks examining critical care capacity at a hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. As a current general surgery resident at the University of Virginia, she continues to pursue various research interests and is an inaugural member of the Global Health Leadership Track in Surgery.

Allie is currently a first year surgical oncology fellow at UVA. Her research focus is health services research in cancer, particularly gastric cancer care disparities among African Americans. She was recently awarded an NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowship to study gastric cancer epidemiology and treatment in Rwanda. She will spend her fellowship year in Kigali under the mentorship of Dr. Robert Riviello and Dr. Ainhoa Costas. Her research will focus on gastric cancer in adults of African descent: a comparison of Rwandans and African-Americans.



Dr. Adriana Ramirez

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Adriana is a general surgery resident at the University of Virginia. She is currently a post-doctoral research fellow under the mentorship of Dr. R Scott Jones and a member of the Global Health Leadership Track. She immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 1994. Her personal experience witnessing a lack of access to medical care, disparities in medical education, and technological disparities drove her to pursue a career in healthcare. She graduated from Emory University with degrees in Anthropology and Biology and obtained her medical degree at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research interests are in health services- understanding quality measurements, healthcare costs, and surgical value-, and surgical education. 


GHLT Surgery Director: Dr. Philip Smith


Kristen Dudley  (General Surgery Residency Office: (434) 924-9307)

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