Motivated by a desire to help others, the faculty, staff, and trainees of the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology are extending our missions of patient care, education, and research outside of our hospital and clinic walls to under served areas around the world.
We have created the Vanderbilt International Anesthesia (VIA) program to build upon our institutional strengths and resources in order to achieve unique goals in international perioperative care. The overriding objective of VIA is to benefit the lives of others by sharing the professional medical skills and knowledge of the faculty, staff, and trainees of the Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology. An additional goal is to benefit ourselves by building positive relationships with those we serve and our colleagues working within the international community.
Our department is uniquely positioned to launch a comprehensive international program by partnering with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (IGH) which currently provides opportunities for Vanderbilt students and faculty to become involved in international medical issues. Also, our faculty bring valuable international experience to this program, having already participated in international service and education experiences throughout the world over the past three decades.