Mission and Vision

OnSurg was created to improve surgical care worldwide by supplying free, open-access resources and fostering conversation. By connecting, educating, and inspiring surgeons and future surgeons, we have a part in raising the global standard of surgical care.

A Letter from the founder of OnSurg

Thanks for visiting OnSurg.com, homepage for general surgeons worldwide.

OnSurg is a resource website, a social media community, and a curator of web content. We are the voice for a generation of surgeons prepared to advance care for their patients more than any generation before them. Surgical education will be transformed by the internet and mobile devices as profoundly as by Halsted in the late 1800′s. Likewise, social media is reinventing the surgical community – just ask our 85,000 global Facebook and Twitter followers.

IMG_3428-300x186OnSurg and its users are the center of a paradigm shift in communication, collaboration, education, and spirit. Hierarchies are flattening; institutions are re-gearing. Clinical resources and career networks, formerly difficult to access, appear daily all over the web. Individual surgeons once isolated by geography are participating in a global community. Future surgeons visit OnSurg to connect with their peers and to find inspiration; practicing general surgeons and surgeons-in-training seek relevant news and literature. Everyone seeks their place in a community – we all want stories, images, heroes, and knowledge. For general surgeons, OnSurg is that community. Our webpage features a calendar of global general surgery events, clinical and administrative resources, news and opinion, and career guidance.

OnSurg fosters professional pride, honors surgical history, and inspires the next generation of surgeons. OnSurg LLC is a privately-funded social enterprise based in Phoenix, Arizona.

Revenue from sponsorships are expected to cover the costs of site development and maintenance. When OnSurg sees profit, I pledge half my portion to support volunteer work and/or medical education in developing nations.

Again, thank you. Please let us know how OnSurg can better serve general surgeons.

Chris Porter MD FACS


The following beliefs guide OnSurg:

Transparency — OnSurg discloses all financial relationships with our contributors and sponsors. Advertisements appear in the expected locations.

Dignity — We believe the doctor-patient relationship is sacred and unique. We also believe surgery is a tremendously honorable profession. OnSurg tailors its content and screens user contributions accordingly.

Neutrality — While OnSurg recognizes the value of political discourse and encourages debate of relevant issues, we do not endorse a political party or permit the use of the website for partisan politics.

Dynamism — We recognize the changing needs of our users and plan to keep pace. We value new ideas – in medicine, in technology, and in media.

Fun — Surgery is fun. OnSurg believes a surgeon can take his/her profession seriously without missing the joy of great challenges, shared triumphs, human spirit, and the humor in our daily lives.