Improve patient care in under-resourced countries through a sustainable model of academic-to-academic partnerships.

IGOT's Global Impact in 2022

In 2022, IGOT continued to demonstrate how empowering through education positively impacts patients’ lives worldwide. Our educational programs position us as a leader in global health.

  • SMART Courses Innovative surgical courses designed for local surgeons in low-income countries to learn basic principles of treating broken bones
  • Global Scholar Program One-to-one knowledge exchange to support surgeon-leaders
  • Learning Portal The global go-to learning platform for traumatic limb injuries for surgeons in under-resourced regions
  • Webinars Virtual instruction on critical limb-saving topics for surgeons across low-resource settings

Highlights Of Our 2022 Programs

  • 11th Annual San Francisco SMART Course with surgeons representing 16 countries
  • Inaugural Cuba SMART Course with 110 attendees
  • Held three Latin American Leadership Development Courses reaching 200 surgeons
  • Hosted surgeon-leaders from Armenia, Japan, and Kenya through the Global Scholar Program
  • Educated more than 600 surgeons on fracture treatment through a series of online webinars
  • Expanded the IGOT Learning Portal to reach 3,000 registered learners
  • Presented novel research on global orthopaedics in under-resourced environments at the annual meetings of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Earlier this year, Inside Philanthropy published an article. This in-depth piece highlights the caliber of our team and their 15+ years of life and limb saving initiatives.

Looking Ahead to 2023

  • IGOT will hold Annual SMART Courses in San Francisco, Tanzania, Cuba, and Mexico
  • The IGOT Learning Portal will be a vital area of growth with the addition of more than ten orthopaedic modules across subspecialties

Help us Reach Our Goals in 2023. Every amount makes a difference!


The Global Need For IGOT

The burden of trauma in low-income countries is underappreciated and underfunded. IGOT is working to change this through sustainable educational programs and partnerships.

  • Musculoskeletal conditions affect 1.7 billion people annually
  • The burden of disease is more than tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV/AIDs combined
  • 1 in 10 fractures do not heal adequately

Untreated broken bones can impact quality of life more than cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Unhealed fractures can result in permanent disability, limb loss, and impoverishment.

Our global impact is only possible through donations and philanthropic support. Funding for IGOT will aid local healthcare providers' sustainable growth and capacity in under-resourced countries, leading to significantly improved outcomes for these communities worldwide.

Your support is truly an excellent investment in creating a healthier world.

Where The Dollars Go

  • Educate local surgeons in low-income countries to manage complex reconstructive surgeries
  • Expand Learning Portal content
  • Create new educational programs and resources that significantly impact patient outcomes
  • Support research that solves key clinical problems in resource-limited settings
  • Invest in surgeon-leader academic exchanges

We thank you for your continued support and confidence in our global efforts.

The IGOT Team: Richard Coughlin, MD, Ted Miclau, MD, Saam Morshed, MD, PhD, MPH, Dave Shearer, MD, Coleen Sabatini, MD, MPH, Sanjeev Sabharwal, MD, Madeline MacKechnie, MA