Global Surgery Fellowship

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Global Surgery Fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, a program which we are pleased to have recently established.

Dr. Ziad Sifri

We are offering a non-funded, non-accredited Global Surgery 1-2 year Fellowship at NJMS with the support of the Department of Surgery. We are seeking residents and fellows with a passion for international surgery and who want to become future champions in Global Surgery. Prospective candidates must be in good standing and have successfully compeleted at least two years of clinical training (PGY-3 or higher). This is a hybrid fellowship, where the fellow will be actively participating in 3 areas of Global Surgery: Clinical Care/Service, Education and Research.  At the completion of their training, fellows will have the experience and the tools to carry out international surgical missions actively and contribute education, research and capacity building to global surgery as future attending surgeons.




Pete Johnston is a general surgery resident and the first Ben Rush Global Surgery Fellow at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. After several moves during his younger years he earned an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Columbia University and has since made the NY metropolitan area his semi-permanent home. While backpacking abroad and attending medical school abroad at St. George’s University he developed a passion for both surgery and the globe. It is his plan to marry these two in his research and clinical goals, working with local healthcare workers to boost surgical capacity in low and middle income countries. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and whenever possible SCUBA diving.

Fellowship Description


Type & Duration:

We offer a 1 to 2 year Global Surgery fellowship, open to US surgical residents in good standing who have successfully completed at least two years of clinical training (PGY-3 or higher).This is a hybrid fellowship, where the fellow will be actively participating in 3 areas of Global Surgery:

Clinical Care/Service: 30%

The fellow will learn various aspects of mission planning and preparation including selecting proper mission sites, team building, volunteer recruitment and training, as well as communicating with hosting institutions, etc.

The fellow will also learn how to lead a surgical team and run a mission. By the end of the year the fellow will be expected to be a mission co-leader and fully understand the complexity of managing and leading an international surgical mission. The fellow will participate in 3 to 4 short term International surgical missions per year in collaboration with the International Surgical Health Initiative (ISHI) a NJ based nonprofit organization ( The fellow’s level of responsibility will gradually increase from mission to mission over the year. During the fellowship these skills will prepare the fellow for international surgical missions as they continue in their future career.  The fellow will learn the benefits and limitations of short term surgical missions.

Education: 30%

In the field: The fellow is responsible for mentoring and working with NJMS and other medical students participating on missions. He/she will organize and provide lectures and training to health care workers from the hosting institutions interested in acquiring surgical knowledge and skills. 

Local/Regional: The fellow is expected to teach students at NJMS, mentor Global Surgery Health interest groups as well as give formal lectures on Global Surgery at departmental lectures and regional and/or national surgical meetings.

Research: 30%

The fellow is expected to participate in clinical research, outcomes research or registry data set. They are expected to submit abstracts to regional and national surgical and global health meetings as well as prepare 1-2 manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. Fellows are encouraged to come up with their own research projects or can take on ongoing projects.

Degree or Certificates: 10%

One-year fellows are encouraged to simultaneously attend courses on Rutgers University online leading to a certificate in Global Health. Two-year fellows are highly encouraged complete an MPH at Rutgers University during their 2 year fellowship.  




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For more questions regarding the fellowship contact:

Ziad C. Sifri, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Surgery

Marquiah Geiger
Administrative Coordinator
Department of Surgery


Peter Johnston

Benjamin Rush Global Surgery Fellow

Department of Surgery