International Orthopedic Trauma Collaborative

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IOTC is dedicated to reversing the epidemic of trauma responsible for so much death and disability in low-and-middle-income countries by improving access to state-of-the-art orthopedic trauma care.

Trauma is the new epidemic.

Due to industrialization in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, trauma is claiming lives at an unprecedented rate. As the city’s population and labor force grows, injuries have skyrocketed. Our solution consists of surgical training, collaborative research, distribution of orthopedic equipment, and building a hospital. We are currently working to build a sustainable orthopedic hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Help us impact the trauma burden across the globe.

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The International Orthopedic Trauma Collaborative (IOTC) brings together academic institutions in the United States with academic institutions in low-to-middle-income countries. 

By doing this the full power of these institutions are leveraged to improve access to orthopedic trauma care as well as the quality of orthopedic trauma care delivered in both countries.

IOTC specifically does this by:

IOTC seeks to build self-sustaining orthopedic trauma hospitals to reverse the impact of the trauma epidemic.

Post-Graduate Medical Fellowships
Fellowships for physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers to impart the knowledge and skill necessary to perform state-of-the-art orthopedic trauma care.

Post-Graduate Education
Post-graduate education of medical students with a focus on international educational experiences and research to improve trauma care. 

Graduate & Undergraduate Education
Graduate and undergraduate education in other fields (business, architecture, engineering, liberal arts, etc) where the education would be focused on where these fields could use their body of knowledge to improve orthopedic trauma care.

IOTC seeks to equip hospitals with orthopedic trauma equipment and implants necessary to deliver state-of-the-art orthopedic trauma care.

We invite you to join IOTC in making a lasting impact on global trauma care by making a donation to this life changing work.


The African Trauma Initiative developed out of a partnership between orthopedic trauma surgeons from The University of Kansas and Saint Paul’s Millennium Medical College in Ethiopia.

During this partnership, in which the goal initially was to train orthopedic surgeons to deliver state-of-the-art trauma care, it became apparent that this simply was not enough. While the surgeons in this program developed the knowledge and skill to deliver state-of-the-art orthopedic trauma care they lacked the equipment and adequate facilities to deliver this care.

This led to the development of the African Trauma Initiative with the purpose of establishing self-sustaining trauma hospitals in Africa that provide state-of-the-art orthopedic trauma care.

The International Orthopedic Trauma Collaborative was later developed as a 501c3 organization to champion the cause of the African Trauma Initiative as well as to hopefully extend this cause to other low-to-middle-income countries outside of Africa