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Mamta Swaroop, MD, FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and serves as the Global Surgery Program Director in the Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of South Florida in 2009 and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Northwestern in 2010. Her research focus is Academic Global Surgery, including trauma education and prevention. Her global surgery lab, the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative (www.ntsi.global) aims to build sustainable access to surgical care through education and research in low resource settings, both locally and in international settings with varying levels of both healthcare infrastructure and personnel. She was honored as one of Oprah’s Health Heroes of 2018 and also received the 39th annual Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Swaroop and her lab conduct community directed research and programmatic development in Southeast Asia, South America and Chicago. Her work on helmet usage in female pillions (backseat passengers) on motorized two-wheeler added to the literature that led to legislative change in the governance of women needing to wear helmets in the capital city of New Delhi, India. In Bolivia, her team wrote and continues to participate in legislation for the implementation of a prehospital system, with ongoing efforts in execution. Her work in Chicago, developing the TRUE (Trauma Responders Unify to Empower) Communities Course, aims to empower communities to take action by making bystanders into immediate responders during the first few minutes after a traumatic event. Her team has trained nearly 1000 participants, nearly a third of them high-school students. The course recently launched in Jackson, Mississippi in partnership with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and is being evaluated for launch in London, England in collaboration with a surgeon at King’s College and is being piloted in Bolivia. She is Co-Editor of the book, Success in Academic Surgery: Academic Global Surgery and has authored numerous peer reviewed research articles and presented nationally/internationally on Trauma and Global Surgery topics. She has served and serves on multiple national and international leadership boards. Dr. Swaroop presented as the Key Note Speaker at the Royal College of Surgeons Global Frontiers Conference in London on the Bolivian Trauma Initiative and also held the first international TRUE Communities Course. She has served and serves on multiple national and international leadership boards, including the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), the Indo-US Academic Council for Emergency and Trauma (ACET), the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgery (GIEESC) and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).

Certifications and Licenses

Surgical Critical Care
General Surgery

Training Experience

2007Residency, Washington Hospital Center
2009Residency, University of South Florida
2010Fellowship, Northwestern University, McGaw Medical Center

Education/Academic qualification

MD, University of Texas

… → 2003

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Research Output

International Female Surgeon Pioneers: Paving the Way for Generations to Come

Ludi, E. K., Vera Zalles, M., Villazon Antenzana, L. F., Swaroop, M. & Foianini Gutierrez, J. E., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

What Does It Mean to Be a Male Ally? Implementing Meaningful Change in Gender Representation in Medicine

Jain, S., Madani, K., Flint, L., Swaroop, M., Liu, H., Varghese, T., Sinha, M. & Silver, J., Mar 2020, In : Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 230, 3, p. 355-356 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetter

What is trauma? Qualitatively assessing stakeholder perceptions in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Blair, K. J., Monroy, A., Rook, J. M., Wood, E., Foianini, J. E., Haider, A. H., Swaroop, M. & Boeck, M. A., Jan 1 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Global Public Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Community-Based Approach to Trauma and Violence: Guns, Germs, and Bystanders

    Kang, D. & Swaroop, M., Mar 2019, In : JAMA surgery. 154, 3, p. 196-197 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalShort survey

    Correction to: Strengthening Surgery Strengthens Health Systems: A New Paradigm and Potential Pathway for Horizontal Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (World Journal of Surgery, (2019), 43, 3, (736-743), 10.1007/s00268-018-4854-9)

    Christie, S. A., Nwomeh, B. C., Krishnaswami, S., Yang, G. P., Holterman, A. X. L., Charles, A., Jayaraman, S., Jawa, R. S., Rickard, J., Swaroop, M., Sifri, Z. C., Etoundi Mballa, G. A., Monono, M. E., Chichom Mefire, A. & Juillard, C., May 15 2019, In : World journal of surgery. 43, 5, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access