University of Nebraska Medical Center

Global Health

Resident Logan Harrold, MD, providing care at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia

As part of the Global Academic Anesthesia Consortium, the UNMC Department of Anesthesiology is committed to improving access to surgery, anesthesia and patient safety in developing countries through education, research and perioperative clinical training.

The department will send two teams consisting of faculty, residents and fellows for two weeks each year.

Michael Dancer, MD, Michaela Randall, MD, Logan Harrold, MD, Megan Chacon, MD, and Lucas Deschenes, MD


The University of Zambia School of Medicine is Zambia's first medical school. It is situated in the University Teaching Hospital in the capital city Lusaka, Zambia.

The University Teaching Hospital is composed of five hospitals: adult, pediatric, ophthalmology, cancer diseases, and women and newborn.

The population of Zambia is 18.11 million and ​more than 80% of the population lives more than two hours from a safe surgical facility.

2023 Teams

Team One
  • Megan Chacon, MD, Director, Global Health
  • Lucas Deschenes, MD, assistant professor
  • Michaela Randall, MD, CA3 resident
  • Logan Harrold, MD, CA3 resident
  • Michael Dancer, MD, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow
Team Two
  • Kyle Johnson, MD, Assistant Professor
  • Jeff Songster, MD, Associate Professor
  • Lucas Reitz, MD, CA3 Resident 
  • Kevin Rance, MD, CA3 Resident 
  • Brad Eichhorn, MD, Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology Fellow

Global Academic Anesthesia Consortium

The consortium is a collaboration of academic departments of anesthesiology, and provides both in-person and virtual anesthesia education programs, research, and perioperative clinical training in areas where a sustainable partnership is possible.

Consortium Role
  • Create collaborative opportunities to support anesthesia education and training, and research development in low and middle-income countries.
  •  Offer Global Health experiences and education for interested residents and fellows and medical students, through sustained programs providing service, education and research.
  •  Share planning, curriculum and simulation development, and costs/resources among academic anesthesia programs with the goal of a sustained presence in a location in need.


Requested Support
  • Pre-operative assessment
  • Simulation teaching
  • Regional anesthesia
  • Obstetrics, analgesia knowledge, skills
  • Cardiothoracic teaching, National Heart Hospital
  • Pain management
  • Pediatric, neonatal surgery anesthetic management
  • Neurosurgery, traumatic brain injury anesthetic management
  • Critical care
  • Anesthesia oral exams: Questions, prep and examiners for orals, OSCE, dissertations
  • Research prep course for residents, interested faculty
Department of anesthesiology global outreach team whitewater rafting
Residents and clinicians at University Teaching Hospital
OR at University Teaching Hospital
University of Zambia School of Medicine
Department of anesthesiology global health team member training residents in Zambia