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Leadership Team


Conference Leadership Team 

Board of Advisors
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Neuroscience Student

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Vice President 

Public Health and Policy Student


Ross School of Business Delegate

MD/MBA Student

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Peter G. Delaney

Global Surgery Center Delegate

M4 Medical Student

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Serena Bidwell

Medical School Delegate

MD/MBA Student


Aurelio Muzaurieta 

Global Relations Delegate

MD/MBA Student

Board of Advisors


Clerkship Director, Surgery

Department of Surgery Professor of Colorectal Surgery, 
Michigan GSSA Faculty Advisor


Director of the Center for Surgical Innovation, Chair - Comprehensive Robotics Surgery Program


Candice Stegink

Associate Director of Innovation

Center for Surgical Innovation,

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence


Surgical Innovation Fellow and PGY4 Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident,

Michigan GSSA Residents Delegate

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Professor at Ross School of Business and Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurship, Expert in technology commercialization, corporate law, biomedical industry, venture capital, and private equity

Directors and Leads


Sadie Hertz

Director of Finance

International Studies Student


Michael Buyse

Abstracts Committee Lead 

Biology Student

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Jake Anderson

Fundraising Committee Lead

Neuroscience Student


Diya Patel

Director of Correspondance

Neuroscience Student


Jina Patel

Director of Marketing

Neuroscience Student

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Venkatesh Alagappan

Marketing Committee Lead

Public Health Student

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Garrett Smith

Events Committee Co-Lead 

Biomedical Engineering Student


Chichi Amanze

National Liason

Neuroscience Student


Mallory Carney

Outreach Committee Lead

BCN Student


Saif Alesawy

Website Developer

Biomedical Engineering and CS Student


Hunter Sabile

Events Committee Co-Lead 

BCN and Spanish Student

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Sana Sharba

Director of Event Coordination

Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology Student

About Us

Dates and Deadlines

Global Surgery Student Alliance

GSSA is the national student-run working group for the U.S., affiliated with InciSioN (the International Student Surgical Network). We believe that students (undergrads, medical students, and residents) are a valuable resource for the advancement of global surgery and that being unified in our efforts will help  facilitate more collaboration amongst overall global surgery efforts, both now and in the future. By exposing students to the field early on, we also hope to help them build their surgical careers with global surgery in mind.

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan leads the nation as the top ranked public university and #1 ranked surgery residency program. It is our top priority to promote innovative thinking amongst students and faculty in surgical faculty. Strong connections exist between the Medical School, the School of Engineering, the Ross School of Business, and others to work together to support collaborative and multidisciplinary innovation efforts and build an ever-evolving support system for innovators in the field of surgery.

Dates and Deadlines

Dec. 1st

 Registration opens

Dec. 1st

 Abstract submissions open

Jan. 29th

Abstract Workshop Submissions Due

Feb. 19th

Final Abstract Submissions Due

March 20th

Registration Closes

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