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Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship

The Haile T. Debas Diversity Fellowship was established to support the Department of Surgery's goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority academic surgeons. The General Surgery Residency Training Program has a long tradition of training academic general surgeons. Participating in a 4th year sub-internship at UCSF provides the student with the opportunity to experience first-hand this environment of clinical excellence, inquiry and investigation.

To help defray the costs of a clerkship in San Francisco, the Fellowship Award provides a stipend of $2,500.00, usable towards tuition, transportation, housing, and incidental expenses.

Recipients will be selected based on academic career potential. A maximum of two stipends will be awarded during each academic year.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing and actively progressing toward a Doctor of Medicine degree at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution.
  • Complete a VSAS application for a surgery elective at UCSF.  

    In addition, the following items must be received via Box (email to as a single PDF document (file saved as Last Name, First Name) no later than June 1, 2020.

  • Debas Diversity Fellowship Application (click here:
  • A one-page Personal Statement
  • Letter of Recommendation from a faculty mentor

About Haile Debas

Haile T Debas For Div FellowshipHaile T. Debas, M.D., Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Emeritus at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Director Emeritus of the UC Global Health Institute (UCGHI), is world-renowned for his contributions to academic medicine and widely consulted on issues of global health. His storied career as a physician, researcher, professor, and academic leader spans over four decades in Canada and the U.S.

Dr. Debas has served as Chair of the UCSF Department of Surgery, Dean of the School of Medicine, Vice Chancellor, Chancellor, Founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences and Founding Director of the University of California Global Health Institute from 2009 to 2016. A native of Eritrea, Dr. Debas received his MD from McGill University and completed his surgical training at the University of British Columbia and post-doctoral fellowship at UCLA.

Dr. Debas was a lead editor of the Essential Surgery Volume of Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition (DCP3), published by the World Bank in 2015. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University, and has served on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University. Dr. Debas was also instrumental in the creation of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, serving as the Founding Chair of its Board of Directors.

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