OHSU GH Programs

Global Network for Perinatal & Reproductive Health

The objectives of this GNPRH program are to conduct clinical research in the area of reproductive health, identify and introduce the most cost-effective interventions and the best evidence-based clinical practices which when offered to the populations served, can improve important health outcomes. To develop capacity building and transference of skills and advance global knowledge on those diseases which affect the reproductive health of women and children.  GNPRH website

Women's Health in Ethiopia

OHSU Women's Health Collaboration in Ethiopia
Lack of trained health providers in rural Ethiopia contributes to alarmingly high maternal mortality and morbidity from preventable causes such as postpartum hemorrhage, infection, hypertensive diseases of pregnancy and obstructed labor. Consequences of prolonged obstructed labor such as obstetric fistula have devastating physical and social consequences to a woman.  Read more at Global Collaboration in Ethiopia

In-country site information  Email:  Rahel Nardos, MD

Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP)

The Intercultural Psychiatric Program (IPP) provides culturally sensitive mental health services for immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities with an emphasis on individuals and families whose first language is not English. IPP provides services to adults, children and families.  

IPP serves individuals and families from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Congo, Central and South America, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Myanmar, Rwanda, Russia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Somalia, Vietnam and other countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America.  
IPP website ⇒

Surgery Department - Global Health/International Surgery Program

Meet R. Serene Perkins, M.D., F.A.C.S. (Director)

Founded on the premise that all human beings have the universal right to basic surgical care, the OHSU Global Health/International Surgery Program holds four aims:
  1. to render the faculty's surgical skills for humanitarian service; 
  2. to develop sustainable partnerships in surgical excellence; 
  3. to foster intellectual exchange through cross-border collaboration with partners in South Asia in clinical practice, education, and research; 
  4. and to build cross-cultural understanding through respect and sensitivity.  
Since its inception in 2006, the Program has funded student and faculty exchange opportunities, including hosting Fulbright and UICC awarded scholars as visiting surgeons to OHSU.


Building Cross-Cultural Collaboration Through Surgical Education: The International Surgery Research Fellowship at OHSU

Purpose: To establish an international surgical educational exchange program with regional partners in South Asia to advance cross-cultural collaboration.  Five areas are addressed: health referral systems in South Asia; advanced GI laparoscopy, educational exchange, collaborative research, and community/rural outreach.

Program Description: The ISRF program's international partner is the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) in Lucknow, India.  SGPGIMS is a high volume tertiary care referral center whose surgeons specialize in complex conditions and re-operative surgery in the adult and pediatric population.  Its five areas of specialization are: Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, and Endocrine Surgery.  One of the largest in the nation in size and patient volume, it serves a very sizable urban population (>180 million).  Residents, medical students, and nursing students are encouraged to apply in order to gain a diverse sense of how medicine is practiced in a rapidly developing yet low-income nation.  Since its inception in 2006, 8 students and 10 faculty have participated in the exchange program.  Generally, students participate in 1- to 3-month rotations, although longer tracks (up to 1 year) are also available.  We also conduct research exchange programs on the faculty level with our base institution. 

Aims and Expectations: Participants will be exposed to a larger spectrum of surgical disease in an environment where resources are limited.  Critical thinking with basic diagnostic tools, cost effectiveness, cultural sensitivity, leadership and teamwork skills are emphasized.  Multiple opportunities for research and publications are available.  Students' contributions and professionalism are crucial in helping to further collaboration and strengthen education and surgical treatment systems internationally.  We hope to inspire surgical trainees to lifelong humanitarianism and service.

How to Apply: Please contact Mackenzie Cook, MD for further information.