SAGES Go Global: Global Affairs and Humanitarian Efforts

Mission statement:

To promote global collaboration and exchange of knowledge to optimize patient care.


  • Interact, foster, and collaborate with national, regional societies.
  • Branding SAGES internationally
  • Encourage global collaboration in research, education, and innovation efforts



To address disparities in global access to MIS, the SAGES Go Global Program promotes the worldwide adoption of MIS through education, research, innovation, and training. Through the iLAP initiative, SAGES partners with international societies and offers instruction on how to build and run a curriculum so surgeons can replicate what they learn and help spread the knowledge and skills required to perform common MIS procedures.

Learn more here.

Annual Meeting Webcast

Every year, due to the continued interest in SAGES educational efforts, we extend a warm invitation to attend the select sessions via webcast from the 2017 SAGES Annual Meeting. The webcast features up-to-date information in the fields of general, gastrointestinal, endoscopic, and minimally invasive surgery. Access is completely free.

Detailed information on this year’s webcast will be provided closer to the time of the annual meeting.

Best Paper Awards

Each year, on behalf of the SAGES Board of Governors, SAGES awards five awards to International Presenters. The purpose of this award is to provide outstanding investigators with the opportunity to gather experience, training, and expertise from some of the many courses SAGES has to offer. Recipients are selected from among the top ranking podium, poster, or video presentations at the annual SAGES meeting.

Recipients are selected from among the top ranking podium, poster, or video presentations at the annual SAGES meeting.

See last year’s winners here.


Since its founding in 2006, SAGES Go Global has accomplished much and is looking to do even more in the years to come, click here to read all about its accomplishments.


SAGES gratefully acknowledges the following companies for their unrestricted support towards the SAGES Global Affairs Initiatives:

SAGES gratefully acknowledges the following companies and individuals for their unrestricted contribution in kind:

  • Box Line Box
  • Stryker Endoscopy


For more information or to get involved, please contact

SAGES Global Affairs Committee Chairs:

Jeffrey W.  Hazey, MD (Chair)
Ohio State University Medical Center

Marian McDonald, MD (Co-Chair)
St. Luke’s Allentown

Brant K. Oelschlager (Co-Chair)
University of Washington

Raymond R. Price, MD (Co-Chair)
Intermountain Medical Center

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