Global Surgery Student Alliance

Global Surgery Student Alliance

President: Cassidy Parshall

Global Surgery Student Alliance is the national student-run global surgery working group for the U.S. Most of the chapters of GSSA are at medical schools, and Baylor University is one of the first undergraduate universities with a chapter. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and unite students through engagement and mentorship in global surgery.

Global surgery has been called the “forgotten step-child” of global health. Until recently, surgery was not included in the discussion about how to improve healthcare quality, access, and equity worldwide. There are currently about 5 billion people around the world who do not have adequate access to basic surgical care, and GSSA hopes to bring attention to these underserved populations. It is so important that students, particularly those planning on going into medicine and public health, understand the need for our society to invest in surgical capacity building and health system strengthening.

The organization believes that students are a valuable resource for the advancement of global surgery and we know that students are willing and able to make significant contributions to the field. Through workshops, speakers, advocacy efforts, conferences, and partnerships with international organizations, GSSA hopes to be a resource that allows students to engage in the efforts to bring surgical access to all global and local communities.

If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information, contact or our President, Cassidy Parshall (

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Waco, TX 76798-7108

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