IGOT Annual Winter Giving Campaign


IGOT, the Institute for Global Orthopaedics and Traumatology, is celebrating its 15-Year Anniversary

Founded in 2006 by the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty and residents, IGOT is celebrating 15 years of addressing global disparities in orthopaedic trauma care. This video below highlights IGOT's incredible team and the programs that are dramatically changing surgical outcomes. Validating IGOT's global impact, the Wyss Medical Foundation – a long-time supporter of IGOT – renewed its commitment to our organization in 2021 with a five-year grant.

IGOT’s goal is to improve patient care in under-resourced environments through sustainable programs with regional academic partners.
IGOT is recognized as one of the leading academic and global outreach initiatives in the field of orthopaedic trauma. IGOT empowers through education, engaging a sustainable academic-to-academic partnership model with low and middle-income countries. Our in-country SMART courses have trained thousands of surgeons. This initiative has been amplified through our digital learning platform, including bi-monthly webinars and our groundbreaking IGOT Portal.

IGOT Needs Your Support!
Our global impact is only possible through donations and philanthropic support. Funding for IGOT will aid the sustainable growth and capacity of local healthcare providers in under-resourced countries, leading to greatly improved outcomes for these communities worldwide. IGOT relies upon philanthropic donations to fund its educational, research, and leadership initiatives.
Your support is truly an excellent investment in creating a healthier world.

Where the Dollars Go
• Educate local surgeons in developing countries to manage complex reconstructive surgeries
• Expand IGOT’s educational programs and digital learning platform
• Enable IGOT to create new programs and resources that significantly impact international orthopaedic outcomes
• Provide funding for IGOT to invest in human capital in its San Francisco headquarters
• Support additional SMART courses throughout the world • Invest in the IGOT Visiting Scholar exchange program

The Global Need for IGOT
• Traumatic injuries are responsible for 40 million permanent disabilities every year
• 90% of injury-related deaths occur in low-and middle-income countries
• More people are impacted by traumatic injuries each year than HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis combined

IGOT’s Surgical Management and Reconstructive Training (SMART) course provides specialized training in soft-tissue techniques for orthopaedic surgeons in low-income countries, including Tanzania, Nepal, and Mexico.

SMART Course Impact:
• A 93% success rate with surgeons using the SMART course techniques
• Local surgeons have saved 3,200 limbs and prevented amputations
• 800+ surgeons trained in limb-saving techniques

The IGOT team thanks you for your continued support and confidence in our international work. Thank you for your donation!

Richard Coughlin, MD,
Ted Miclau, MD,
Saam Morshed, MD, PhD, MPH,
Dave Shearer, MD,
Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH,
Sanjeev Sabharwal, MD,
Madeline MacKechnie, MA