The Harvard Global Orthopaedics Collaborative (HGOC) is a group of Harvard-affiliated orthopaedic surgery faculty and trainess who share a passion for improving access to musculoskeletal health care globally.
George Dyer, MD
Collin May, MD
Kiran Agarwal-Harding, MD
Kristin Alves, MD, MPH
Bonnie Y Chien, MD
Aron Lechtig, MD
Andrew Usoro, MD
The Harvard Global Orthopaedics Collaborative (HGOC) is a group of Harvard-affiliated orthopaedic surgery faculty and trainees who share a passion for improving access to musculoskeletal healthcare globally. We engage in clinical research, surgical education, care delivery, and health systems development with our global partners in Colombia, Haiti, India, Malawi, and Uganda. We collaborate with the Harvard Program for Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC), the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research (OrACORe), and the Harvard Medical School Orthopaedic Trauma Initiative (HMS OTI)
Haitian Annual Assembly of Orthopaedic Trauma (HAAOT) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
HAAOT is an annual conference started in 2013 as a collaboration between the AAOS, the Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma, Partners in Health, Project Hope, and SIGN Fracture Care International. The HAAOT conference consists of research paper presentations, case discussions, didactic lectures, and workshops, all of which are presented in both English and French. It is the only high-level academic orthopaedic conference in Haiti. It is organized every year in conjunction with the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program alongside all three major orthopedic residency programs in Haiti. For more information email:email@example.com
Delivering High Quality Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery for the Rural Poor in Neiva, Colombia
Every year, Harvard orthopaedic residents and faculty from Boston Children's Hospital travel to Neiva for one week to provide specialized pediatric orthopaedic services to the local community. We screen ~200 patients and prioritize surgery for ~35 patients per year. Most cases address untreated DDH and clubfoot. We are working with local partners to improve operational efficiency, as well as improve longitudinal clinical documentation for quality improvement and research on surgical outcomes.
Uganda Post-Injection Disability and Paralysis Project
This project is a multi-level study examining gluteal fibrosis and post-injection paralysis, two pediatric orthopedic diseases that commonly occur after injections in Uganda. Both diseases are preventable, cause significant disability, require skilled surgical care to manage, and remain largely unaddressed by the Ugandan health system. The project includes a nationwide cluster sampling study to determine prevalence of these diseases, a surgical outcomes study, and a qualitative study including patients/families. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Creating a Sustainable Education Symposium in Neiva, Colombia on Common Pediatric Orthopaedic Conditions
We organize an annual educational symposium on developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and clubfoot for the community in Neiva, primarily targeting local students in the health sector. The symposium includes hands-on skills training and testing to measure the session's educational effectiveness. We collaborate with local orthopaedic surgeons and health advocates to maintain education programs that encourage early diagnosis and treatment of DDH and clubfoot. Ultimately, we aim to decrease the prevalence of neglected orthopaedic conditions that significantly impact productivity and quality of life for patients in Neiva.
Improving Access to Musculoskeletal Trauma Care in Malawi
We are working in collaboration with Beit CURE Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Kamuzu Central Hospital, the AO Alliance Foundation, and the Malawian Ministry of Health on a variety of projects aimed at improving access to musculoskeletal trauma care in Malawi, particularly for the rural poor. We are examining risk factors for delayed presentation to hospital, health system navigation by patients with femoral fractures, the financial impact of injury on patients with femur fracture as well as the cost effectiveness of treatment (in collaboration with UCSF IGOT), and the capacity to manage musculoskeletal trauma in the public hospitals. For more information, email: email@example.com