Hospital for Special Surgery Global Academic Partnerships
535 E. 70th St. New York, NY 10021
To provide the highest quality patient care, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all and to advance the science of orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.
HSS facilitates best practice knowledge transfers and partnerships for the international musculoskeletal medicine community. Partnerships and initiatives may be academic, clinical, research-based, administrative or a combination of focus areas. HSS pursues relationships that have a similar mission and vision dedicated to high quality patient care, academic excellence, and cutting-edge research.
Foundations of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS)
FOCOS was founded by the Chief Emeritus of the Scoliosis Service, Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD. The Foundation provides orthopedic care to underserved populations in West Africa and other developing nations. Swanson Fellowship Program was established in honor of Andrew N. Swanson, MD, for an HSS resident or fellow to travel to Ghana and complete a two-week fellowship with the Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) Clinic. The mission of FOCOS is to improve the quality of life of patients in need throughout Africa and other parts of the world by providing optimum orthopaedic care.
Under the direction of Swetha Pakela, MD, HSS provides regional anesthesia training to medical providers in nations such as Ghana, India and Uganda to improve the standard of anesthetic care in a long-lasting way.
For senior residents, 6 to 7 weeks are dedicated for international travel. Residents have gone to South Africa, Singapore, Myanmar and Vietnam, among other sites. Funding is now available for humanitarian efforts and ask residents to partner with faculty on humanitarian trips around the globe.