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Global Health

KU Otolaryngology is proud to participate in medical service trips that collaborate with local organizations to provide health care in countries with limited healthcare capacity.

A woman stands outside a hospital

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the need for surgical care throughout the world by passing the World Health Assembly resolution 68.15 in 2015. This resolution calls for a strengthening of surgical and anesthesia services as part of the effort to establish universal health coverage globally.

Since the 1990s, our faculty and residents have served marginalized populations in Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Philippines, Uganda, Guatemala, and India.

Dr. Kevin Sykes performs research on the development of effective models of global humanitarian healthcare delivery. These models include medical service trips, and his work aims to evaluate these efforts including their impact on local healthcare systems and the overall contribution to the health of the communities they serve.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Department unveiled the Global Health/Community Outreach (GH/CO) Track, the first in a series of innovations in resident education. Eligible residents may elect to participate in the GH/CO Track during their PGY-3 - PGY-5 year. Residents pursuing this track option collaborate with faculty to design and complete a research project that evaluates health care delivery in a marginalized population.

Global Health and Innovation Conference

Virtual presentation by Kevin Sykes, PhD, MPH

Leveraging Longitudinal Data Collection to Support Sustainable Medical Service Trips.

Smith J, Nallani R, Rudolph G, Smith J, Anthony P, Coppa S, Tambala H, Gutierrez C, Villwock M, Sykes K. 

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KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Otolaryngology–
Head & Neck Surgery
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Mailstop 3010
Kansas City, KS 66160