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[Perspectives] John Meara: helping to make surgery truly global

As Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief at Boston Children’s Hospital, John Meara often feels like he is running a small business. “With nine surgeons and 60 staff in the department, which is a major referral centre in the northeast of the United States, I’m kept pretty busy”, he says. These commitments make it all the more remarkable that Meara has spent considerable time in the past 2 years as one of the key figures behind the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery.