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 service 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

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