UW Program for Global and Rural Surgery (PROGRESS)

We are delighted to welcome you to UW PROGRESS and invite you to explore the numerous and exciting activities that our students, trainees, faculty, and partners are pursuing! Our members engage in projects that employ a variety of methodologies, public health approaches, surgical specialties and environments.

UW PROGRESS focuses on three efforts:

  • training the next generation of global surgery leaders
  • supporting valuable research among diverse stakeholders
  • advocating for equity in the way surgery is accessed, provided and assessed

UW PROGRESS is making Seattle, the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region, and the world better places by bring inequities into the light, reducing barriers to care, operationalizing better ways to care in low-resource settings, and developing strategies to mitigate the short- and long-term effects of surgical conditions, injuries and burns. We hope you'll join us in this important work!

News and Events

New Federal 'Rural Emergency Hospital' Designation - UWPROGRESS Story

New Federal ‘Rural Emergency Hospital’ Designation

Forty six million Americans rely on rural hospitals for their healthcare. Since 2005, however, more than 180 rural hospitals have closed in the United States. According to a study by the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform, another 200 rural hospitals could close within the next 3 years. Rural hospital closures have significant economic…

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UW PROGRESS - Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana

Rural Surgery Training Program

UW Department of Surgery and UW Program for Global and Rural Surgery (UW PROGRESS) are thrilled to announce a new rural surgery training program in partnership with Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana: the Billings-UW Rural Surgery Track. Rural America encompasses 72% of the nation’s land mass and is home to 46 million people (15% of…

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UW PROGRESS Toward New Paradigms in Global Burn Care

Toward New Paradigms in Global Burn Care

Dr. Barclay Stewart, Assistant Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn & Critical Care Surgery, at Harborview Medical Center and core faculty within Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center’s (HIPRC) Global Injury Section, is working to reduce preventable death and disability after burn injury. The vast majority of burn injuries happen in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)…

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UW Program for Global & Rural Surgery (PROGRESS)

University of Washington
Department of Surgery


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