Hannah Wild, AB, MD

Dr. Hannah Wild


Graduate School:

Harvard University

Medical School:

Stanford University School of Medicine


I am a general surgery resident with clinical interests in trauma and critical care. My career goal is to contribute to humanitarian surgical care in conflict. My research focuses on humanitarian response and the protection of noncombatants in conflict zones. After graduating from Harvard with an undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature, I received a fellowship to conduct 18 months of ethnographic fieldwork with nomadic pastoralists on the Ethiopia-South Sudan border. As a medical student at Stanford, I developed methodology for including nomadic groups in health campaigns and information systems that has been funded by the Gates Foundation, and contributed analysis on regional drivers of conflict that has been cited by policymakers including the UN. I am particularly interested in the intersection of health, sociocultural factors, and armed conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Personal Interests:

Running/hiking; nature; poetry; foreign languages; austere environments

Clinical Interests:

Trauma; critical care; humanitarian response in conflict; care in remote and austere settings

Professional Activities:

International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection
International Society of Surgery
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

Why UW?

Trauma experience; patient population at Harborview; faculty mentorship (burns, trauma, and critical care surgeons with focus on global surgery); wilderness proximity

What advice do you have for incoming interns?

Set your own standards for yourself. Do right by your patients no matter how small the context. When things get hard, you will take comfort in the fact that you devoted an extra minute to straightening a patient’s socks though no one was watching.

What do you like best about living in Seattle?

The nearness of the mountains.


For a complete list of publications, please see: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=zmmM8nkAAAAJ&hl=en