World Journal of Surgery

, Volume 37, Issue 7, pp 1492–1499 | Cite as

Improving Surgical Care in Mongolia: A Model for Sustainable Development

  • Raymond PriceEmail author
  • Orgoi Sergelen
  • Chadraabal Unursaikhan


The W. C. Swanson Family Foundation selected Mongolia to help improve access to affordable quality surgical and medical care in 2000. Over the last 12 years of partnering with the Health Sciences University of Mongolia, three major concepts have been identified that have promoted sustainable progress in expanding and improving surgical care throughout the healthcare system—including urban and rural areas. Understanding and targeting the needs identified by the Mongolian surgical community has cultivated a critical working environment that has had a profound effect on expanding surgical care in Mongolia. Integrating modern surgical care training with basic emergency and essential surgical and medical initiatives created a trusting foundation providing many unforeseen educational opportunities. Lastly, the educational model introduced, including long-term capacity-building programs, has helped enable the local Mongolian surgeons, nurses, biotechnicians, administrators, and educators to continue pioneering independent efforts to further expand modern surgical care in Mongolia.


Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Necrotizing Fasciitis Harmonic Scalpel Laparoscopic Liver Resection Gallbladder Disease 
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© Société Internationale de Chirurgie 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond Price
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Orgoi Sergelen
    • 3
  • Chadraabal Unursaikhan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryIntermountain HealthcareMurrayUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryUniversity of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  3. 3.Department of SurgeryHealth Sciences University of MongoliaUlaanbaatarMongolia
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryEtugen InstituteUlaanbaatarMongolia

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