Sarah Louise Mather Greenberg, MD, MPH

  • Sarah Greenberg is a pediatric general and thoracic surgeon with primary focus on global health and equity. A Pacific Northwest native, she grew up on a small farm in Snohomish, WA. She attended the University of Washington as an undergrad with a major in biology. Medical school was completed in Upstate New York, where she spent time working with newly arriving refugee children. General surgery residency brought her to the Medical College of Wisconsin with the opportunity to work with the pediatric surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the longitudinal collaborations they have developed with pediatric surgical care providers in Peru. She took three years away from formal clinical training to complete a global surgery fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Master of Public Health degree at Harvard Medical School. This time was split between helping to develop the surgical system for a new hospital in Haiti’s Central Plateau with Partners In Health and working as a Commissioner and author for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. She completed her pediatric surgical training at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she has stayed on as faculty with a position that will allow her to spend approximately half of her time working on improving equity in pediatric surgical care delivery in the United States and globally. She currently serves as the liaison between the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery and the Program for Global Surgery and Social Change and is an At Large Director for the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery.

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Jessica S. Lin Award for Clinical Excellence Outstanding contributions to patient care Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals 2016
    Outstanding Medical Student Teacher Excellence in advancing student learning and medical training Medical College of Wisconsin Curriculum and Evaluation Committee 2016
    Jameson L. Chassin, MD, FACS, Award for Professionalism in General Surgery Exemplification of compassion, technical skill, and devotion to science and learning American College of Surgeons 2016
    Culture Champion From co-worker nomination Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery 2015
    Excellence in Research Award Top abstract selected in the category of global surgery ACS Congress Clinical Forum 2014
    Culture Champion From co-worker nomination Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Plastic and Oral Surgery 2014
    POET Award Provision of outstanding service (as identified by a patient) Froedtert Hospital 2012
    Iron Dog Award Junior resident of the year Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Surgery 2011
    QUEST Recognition Excellence in work Froedtert Hospital 2011
    Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award Excellence in humanitarian medicine Arnold P. Gold Foundation 2009
    Gold Humanism Honor Society Induction Excellence in humanitarian medicine Arnold P. Gold Foundation 2008
    Alpha Omega Alpha Induction Excellence in professionalism, scholarship, leadership, and service Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 2008
    Student Citizen Award Distinguished community leader and volunteer SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine 2007
    Medical Alumni Scholar Outstanding medical student identified by the admissions committee SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine 2005 - 2009
  • Manuscripts in Refereed Journals

    • Paul Truche, Alexis Bowder, Amber Trujillo Lalla, Robert Crum, Fabio Botelho, Henry Elliot Rice, Bellisa Caldas Lopes, Sarah Greenberg, Faye Evans, John Gerard Meara, Emmanuel Adoyi Ameh,David Patrick Mooney
      Perspecitves on perioperative management of children's surgical conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic in low-income and middlie-income countries: a global survey.
      World Journal of Pediatric Surgery, 2020
    • Rocha TAH, Vissoci J, Rocha N, Poenaru D, Shrime M, Smith ER, Rice HE, Global Initiative for Children's Surgery.
      Towards defining the surgical workforce for children: a geospatial analysis in Brazil.
      32209626 BMJ open, 2020 March 24 : 10(3)e034253 PMCID:PMC7202732
    • Global Initiative for Children's Surgery.
      Global Initiative for Children's Surgery: A Model of Global Collaboration to Advance the Surgical Care of Children.
      30623232 World journal of surgery, 2019 June : 43(6)1416-1425 PMCID:PMC7019676
    • Global Initiative for Children's Surgery.
      Optimal Resources for Children's Surgical Care: Executive Summary.
      30725368 World journal of surgery, 2019 April : 43(4)978-980 PMCID:30725368
    • Ng-Kamstra JS, Arya S, Greenberg SLM, Kotagal M, Arsenault C, Ljungman D, Yorlets RR, Agarwal A, Frankfurter C, Nikouline A, Lai FYX, Palmqvist CL, Fu T, Mahmood T, Raju S, Sharma S, Marks IH, Bowder A, Pi L, Meara JG, Shrime MG
      Perioperative mortality rates in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
      29989045 BMJ global health, 2018 : 3(3)e000810 PMCID:PMC6035511
    • Goodman LF, Linden A, Jensen G, Kaseje N, Wright N, St - Louis E, Yousef Y, Wissanji H, Cheung M, Ozgediz D, Poenaru D, Lakhoo K, Greenberg S , Ameh D, Oldham K, Bickler S, Farmer D
      Funding Flows for the Global Initiative for Ch ildren’s Surgery (GICS): Lessons Learned.
      Annals of Global Health, 2017 : 83(1)84-85
    • Raykar NP, Ng-Kamstra JS, Bickler S, Davies J, Greenberg SLM, Hagander L, Johnson W, Leather AJM, McQueen KAK, Mukhopadhyay S, Suzuki E, Weiser T, Shrime MG, G Meara J
      New global surgical and anaesthesia indicators in the World Development Indicators dataset.
      29225929 BMJ global health, 2017 : 2(2)e000265 PMCID:PMC5717956
    • O'Neill KM, Greenberg SL, Cherian M, Gillies RD, Daniels KM, Roy N, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Spiegel D, Watters DA, Gruen RL
      Bellwether Procedures for Monitoring and Planning Essential Surgical Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Caesarean Delivery, Laparotomy, and Treatment of Open Fractures.
      27351714 World journal of surgery, 2016 Nov. : 40(11)2611-2619
    • Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W
      Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development.
      26597405 International journal of obstetric anesthesia, 2016 Feb. : 2575-8
    • Greenberg SL, Ng-Kamstra JS, Ameh EA, Ozgediz DE, Poenaru D, Bickler SW
      An investment in knowledge: Research in global pediatric surgery for the 21st century.
      26831138 Seminars in pediatric surgery, 2016 Feb. : 25(1)51-60
    • Ng-Kamstra JS, Greenberg SLM, Abdullah F, Amado V, Anderson GA, Cossa M, Costas-Chavarri A, Davies J, Debas HT, Dyer GSM, Erdene S, Farmer PE, Gaumnitz A, Hagander L, Haider A, Leather AJM, Lin Y, Marten R, Marvin JT, McClain CD, Meara JG, MeheÅ¡ M, Mock C, Mukhopadhyay S, Orgoi S, Prestero T, Price RR, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Riviello R, Rudy SM, Saluja S, Sullivan R, Tarpley JL, Taylor RH, Telemaque LF, Toma G, Varghese A, Walker M, Yamey G, Shrime MG
      Global Surgery 2030: a roadmap for high income country actors.
      28588908 BMJ global health, 2016 : 1(1)e000011 PMCID:PMC5321301
    • Raykar NP, Yorlets RR, Liu C, Goldman R, Greenberg SLM, Kotagal M, Farmer PE, Meara JG, Roy N, Gillies RD
      The How Project: understanding contextual challenges to global surgical care provision in low-resource settings.
      28588976 BMJ global health, 2016 : 1(4)e000075 PMCID:PMC5321373
    • Asare EA, Greenberg S, Szabo S, Sato TT
      Giant Paratubal Cyst in Adolescence: Case Report, Modified Minimal Access Surgical Technique, and Literature Review.
      26081480 Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology, 2015 Oct. : 28(5)e143-5
    • Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W
      Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development.
      25985722 American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 2015 Sept. : 213(3)338-40
    • O'Neill KM, Mandigo M, Pyda J, Nazaire Y, Greenberg SL, Gillies R, Damuse R
      Out-of-pocket expenses incurred by patients obtaining free breast cancer care in Haiti: A pilot study.
      26150200 Surgery, 2015 Sept. : 158(3)747-55
    • Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Lundeg G, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W
      Global Surgery 2030: evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development.
      25924834 Lancet (London, England), 2015 Aug. 8 : 386(9993)569-624
    • Meara JG, Leather AJ, Hagander L, Alkire BC, Alonso N, Ameh EA, Bickler SW, Conteh L, Dare AJ, Davies J, Mérisier ED, El-Halabi S, Farmer PE, Gawande A, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Grimes CE, Gruen RL, Ismail EA, Kamara TB, Lavy C, Ganbold L, Mkandawire NC, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Rodas E, Rose J, Roy N, Shrime MG, Sullivan R, Verguet S, Watters D, Weiser TG, Wilson IH, Yamey G, Yip W
      Global Surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare, and economic development.
      25987187 Surgery, 2015 July : 158(1)3-6
    • Alkire BC, Raykar NP, Shrime MG, Weiser TG, Bickler SW, Rose JA, Nutt CT, Greenberg SL, Kotagal M, Riesel JN, Esquivel M, Uribe-Leitz T, Molina G, Roy N, Meara JG, Farmer PE
      Global access to surgical care: a modelling study.
      25926087 The Lancet. Global health, 2015 June : 3(6)e316-23 PMCID:PMC4820251
    • Meara JG, Greenberg SL
      Global Surgery 2030: an introduction.
      26182516 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 2015 June : 100(6)10-1
    • Vasan A, Hudelson CE, Greenberg SL, Ellner AE
      An integrated approach to surgery and primary care systems strengthening in low- and middle-income countries: building a platform to deliver across the spectrum of disease.
      25934079 Surgery, 2015 June : 157(6)965-70
    • Meara JG, Greenberg SL
      The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery Global surgery 2030: Evidence and solutions for achieving health, welfare and economic development.
      25934019 Surgery, 2015 May : 157(5)834-5
    • Raykar NP, Kralievits K, Greenberg SL, Gillies RD, Roy N, Meara JG
      The blood drought in context.
      25926320 The Lancet. Global health, 2015 April 27 : 3 Suppl 2S4-5
    • Meara JG, Greenberg SL
      Global surgery as an equal partner in health: no longer the neglected stepchild.
      25926313 The Lancet. Global health, 2015 April 27 : 3 Suppl 2S1-2
    • Greenberg SL, Vega MP, Bowder AN, Meara JG
      The Lancet commission on global surgery makes progress in first year of work: an update.
      25939201 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 2015 April : 100(4)23-9
    • Agarwal-Harding KJ, Meara JG, Greenberg SL, Hagander LE, Zurakowski D, Dyer GS
      Estimating the global incidence of femoral fracture from road traffic collisions: a literature review.
      25788312 The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume, 2015 March 18 : 97(6)e31
    • Dare AJ, Grimes CE, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Hagander L, Meara JG, Leather AJ
      Global surgery: defining an emerging global health field.
      24853601 Lancet (London, England), 2014 Dec. 20 : 384(9961)2245-7
    • Dare AJ, Gillies R, Greenberg SL, Wilson IH
      Investing in obstetric surgery and anaesthesia to close the gap in maternal mortality.
      24856021 Lancet (London, England), 2014 May 24 : 383(9931)1803-4
    • O'Neill KM, Holmer H, Greenberg SL, Meara JG
      Applying surgical apps: Smartphone and tablet apps prove useful in clinical practice.
      24313133 Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 2013 Nov. : 98(11)10-8
    • Dawson-Hahn EE, Greenberg SLM, Domachowske JB, Olson BG
      Eosinophilia and the seroprevalence of schistosomiasis and strongyloidiasis in newly arrived pediatric refugees: an examination of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention screening guidelines.
      20400098 The Journal of pediatrics, 2010 June : 156(6)1016-1018.e1

    Published Abstracts

    • Chan J, Gollapudi A, Greenberg S , Goldin A, Debiec K
      Bilateral teratomas including focus of immaturity in a patient presenting with Anti - NMDA receptor encephalitis
      Journal of Pediatric & Adolescent Gynecology, 2019 : 32(2)229-230
    • Ng - Kamstra J, Arya S, Greenberg SL , Kotagal M, Meara JG, Shrime MG
      Bilateral teratomas including focus of immaturity in a patient presenting with Anti - NMDA receptor encephalitis.
      Journal of the american College of Surgeons, 2017 : 22S(4)S107
    • Palmqvist CL, Ariyaratnam R, Watters DA, Laing GL, Stupart D, Hider P, Ng-Kamstra JS, Wilson L, Clarke DL, Hagander L, Greenberg SL, Gruen RL
      Monitoring and evaluating surgical care: defining perioperative mortality rate and standardising data collection.
      26313074 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS27
    • Mandigo M, O'Neill K, Mistry B, Mundy B, Millien C, Nazaire Y, Damuse R, Pierre C, Mugunga JC, Gillies R, Lucien F, Bertrand K, Luo E, Costas A, Greenberg SL, Meara JG, Kaplan R
      A time-driven activity-based costing model to improve health-care resource use in Mirebalais, Haiti.
      26313069 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS22
    • O'Neill KM, Mandigo M, Pyda J, Nazaire Y, Greenberg SL, Gillies R, Damuse R
      Out-of-pocket expenses incurred by patients obtaining free breast cancer care in Haiti.
      26313097 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS48
    • Ng-Kamstra JS, Greenberg SL, Kotagal M, Palmqvist CL, Lai FY, Bollam R, Meara JG, Gruen RL
      Use and definitions of perioperative mortality rates in low-income and middle-income countries: a systematic review.
      26313076 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS29
    • Raykar NP, Bowder AN, Liu C, Vega M, Kim JH, Boye G, Greenberg SL, Riesel JN, Gillies RD, Meara JG, Roy N
      Geospatial mapping to estimate timely access to surgical care in nine low-income and middle-income countries.
      26313062 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS16
    • Raykar NP, Yorlets RR, Liu C, Greenberg SL, Kotagal M, Goldman R, Roy N, Meara JG, Gillies RD
      A qualitative study exploring contextual challenges to surgical care provision in 21 LMICs.
      26313061 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS15 PMCID:PMC4803468
    • Kralievits KE, Raykar NP, Greenberg SL, Meara JG
      The global blood supply: a literature review.
      26313075 Lancet (London, England), 2015 April 27 : 385 SupplS28

    Other Publications


Overview

Board Certification(s)

Surgery - General

Medical/Professional School

SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston

Residency

Surgery - General, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Fellowship

Pediatric Surgery, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle
Global Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston

Research Focus Area

Surgical Equity, Global Surgery, Global Health