Socially Responsible Surgery

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tracey Dechert,

Faculty Members: Lisa Allee, Douglas Kauffman,

Resident Leaders: Maunil Bhatt,, Megan Janeway,, Ryan Macht,, Thiago Oliveira,  Tyler Robinson,, Feroze Sidhwa,

Student Leaders: Mike Gustin, ( Avital Mintz-Morgenthau, ( Rachel Rivero,  ( Teresa Qi, ( Denise Garofalo, ( Michelle DenAdel, (

There are ways for students to get involved in SRS through journal club meetings and programs in advocacy, education, and research.

SRS Mission
  • Introduce future generations of surgeons to concepts of disparities in surgical care and provide surgeons with the tools to advocate for their patients and communities.
  • Incorporate advocacy training into resident and medical student curricula
  • Participate in educational activities throughout the BUSM community across specialties
  • Partake in educational opportunities nationally and internationally


  • Engage in research methods to better understand disparities in surgical care and access and design appropriate interventions to address these inequalities
  • Design and implement studies focused on the understanding of access to surgical care in our communities.
  • Identify deficiencies in existing databases and improve upon them by engaging with other local academic institutions.
  • Apply concepts derived from local research to identify principles that can be applied worldwide to understand disparities.
  • Strengthen the ability of surgeons to engage in political and social platforms to improve care of surgical patients. Encourage the allocation of resources towards addressing surgical inequalities.
  • Advocate for patients on a personal level within the doctor-patient relationship
  • Engage in meaningful dialogue within our institution and between other institutions.
  • Encourage participation in the formulation and evolution of healthcare policies that address access to surgical care.


  • Expand our services to patients beyond providing surgical care and create a positive change within their sociocultural context and within their communities beyond the walls of our hospital.
  • Design and implement interventions to address inequalities in the health of our surgical patients.
  • Build multidisciplinary teams to address inequalities driven by community priorities and interests.
  • Serve our communities in meaningful ways that extend beyond surgical care.