Socially Responsible Surgery

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tracey Dechert

Resident Leader: Dr. Megan Janeway

Medical Student Chair: Mary Lee

Project Liaison: Ella Cornell

Service Learning Student Leaders:

  •  Melanie Fritz
  • Ravi Agrawal
  • Shaleen Saithe
  • Sehar Resad
  • Avital Mintz-Morgenthau

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

If you would like to be involved in research or advocacy please send an email to:

Applications for the Service Learning Project will open in the fall.


Socially Responsible Surgery (SRS), is a unique group in the Department of Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC) committed to establishing social responsibility as a core value of surgical practice. Launched in 2014 by Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS, Assistant Professor of Surgery, SRS aims to reduce health disparities by increasing equitable access to surgical care, increasing patient advocacy, integrating social determinants of health education for trainees, and emphasizing research into surgical disparities. SRS has provided a venue for medical students, residents, faculty, and staff looking to combine their interest in surgical care with their passion for serving the underserved. SRS has developed many projects targeting improvement in access to surgical care, health literacy, and peri-operative nutrition amongst others. In 2017, the group added a NIH-funded research fellow working to identify surgical disparities and designing meaningful interventions and hopes by 2019 to have a permanent 2 year fellowship for surgical residents interested in health equity. The SRS group continues to seek partnerships and to expand nationally, with other chapters currently in development at programs around the country.


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