Two professors from the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine traveled to Sri Lanka this past summer to teach residents and surgeons about the latest developments in trauma and minimally invasive surgery. This is the first time that American surgeons have taught surgery at the University of Jaffna in Sri Lanka.
Mary McCarthy, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, and Joon Shim, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of surgery, spoke at the northern chapter of the Sri Lankan Association of Surgeons in June. They joined Siva
Vithiananthan, M.D., associate professor of surgery at
Brown Medical School, and Thav Thambi-Pillai, M.D., who was previously at Wright State University.
McCarthy represented the American College of Surgeons and taught trauma, global surgery, trauma evaluation and management, and focused assessment with sonography for trauma to medical students, residents and physicians. Shim and Vithiananthan taught advanced minimally invasive surgery and performed cases in the operating room with local surgeons.