Harvard Surgical HSR Speaker Series

Social Responsibility in Surgery: Pathways to Health Equity

Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS

Tracey A. Dechert, MD, is Chief of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC). She is also an associate professor of Surgery at the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine. Appointed Chief in 2022, Dr. Dechert is the first woman to be named Surgical Trauma Chief at a Level 1 adult trauma center in Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Dechert completed her residency in General Surgery at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA and her fellowship in the Department of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. 

Dr. Dechert’s research interests include injury prevention; health services research including social determinants of trauma, surgical equity and advocacy; and surgical education. In 2014, Dr. Dechert’s passions and interests led her to create Socially Responsible Surgery (SRS), an organization which identifies opportunities and fosters engagement in leadership, research and collaboration in the training, development and promotion of surgeons committed to surgical equity. The topic of surgical equity falls under a broader recognition that social responsibility and social accountability need increased attention in medicine. This includes equal access to surgical care, eliminating healthcare disparities and increasing patient advocacy. SRS is committed to their local community as well as advocating for change in underserved communities nationally and internationally. SRS also empowers medical students, residents, and faculty to combine their interest in surgery with this commitment. Since its founding, SRS has expanded to include chapters at institutions across the country. 

Tuesday, March 5th

4:00-5:00 p.m. ET

Hybrid Webinar

BC-4118, 4th Floor, One Brigham Circle, 1620 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Emphasize the importance of a change agent in surgery

  • Understand the steps in the change agent process

  • Appreciate social responsibility and social accountability in surgical practice – Socially Responsible Surgery

Target Audience

This activity is intended for research faculty and trainees

Course Director

Zara Cooper, MD, MSc, FACS

Michele and Howard J. Kessler Distinguished Chair of Surgery and Public Health
Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Director, Center for Geriatric Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.