The humanitarian attitude of SIGN Surgeons is demonstrated every day as they treat severely injured patients. Special examples include SIGN Surgeon Jerry Brown who led his hospital staff in the treatment of Ebola in Liberia. He was featured as one of the 2014 TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year” and listed as one of “The 100 Most Influential People” of that year.

In 1907, Picasso was shown a mask made in Western Africa. He was fascinated by this piece and soon found an African Museum to visit. He remembered this visit many times and recognized the influence these African masks played in his paintings. These masks stood between people and the unknown, which may be hostile forces. The African themes influenced him as he developed the technique of reversing concave and convex lines in faces and transforming smooth surfaces into geometric solids – the basis of Cubism.

Picasso found his connection to African influences through this distant encounter in a museum. Unfortunately, many do not experience these unexpected encounters with other cultures. SIGN recognizes the importance of connections between people with different homelands. Many new SIGN indications start by these communications. The SIGN Conference facilitates these encounters between surgeons who have a common interest in providing optimum treatment for traumatic injuries in the poor.

SIGN is seeking funds for scholarships to enable those surgeons who cannot afford airline tickets to attend the Conference, held September 2015. The bonds created between SIGN Surgeons during the SIGN Conference often lead to further collaboration. Learn more here.


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