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Girma Tefera, MD, FACS named Operation Giving Back Medical Director



Girma Tefera, MD, FACS, joined the staff of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Division of Member Services in early February as the new Medical Director of the Operation Giving Back (OGB) Program. OGB is a comprehensive resource that helps surgeons find volunteer opportunities worldwide that match their expertise and interests. A recipient of the ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award in 2011, Dr. Tefera is professor of surgery, department of surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition, he is vice-chair, division of vascular surgery and chief of vascular surgery, Middleton Veteran Affairs Hospital in Madison.

Girma Tefera, MD, FACS
Girma Tefera, MD, FACS

In his new role with the OGB program, Dr. Tefera will develop and lead ACS Clinical Congress programs in global surgery, coordinate the College’s response to disasters worldwide, develop new programs and opportunities for surgeon volunteers, communicate the work of OGB, and increase College participation and recognition among other similar global organizations. Dr. Tefera also will oversee a redesign of the OGB website to match members’ needs with volunteer opportunities. Dr. Tefera chairs the board of directors of the Ethiopian-American Doctors Group and is associate member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences. View Dr. Tefera’s online biography at and more information about his international service at

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