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MEDICAL MISSIONS

 

SURGEONS OF SERVICE


Surgeons of Service is more than just a charitable organization; we’re a coalition of medical professionals and global volunteers who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for patients through providing safe and effective reconstructive surgery for patients of all ages.

Many children in various areas of the world are born with severe disorders every year, often unable to socialize, or participate in normal day-to-day activities. In addition, patients of all ages acquire deformities through trauma, infections, and diseases. Unfortunately, whether due to a lack of monetary funds or lack of access to quality medical care, many of these individuals suffer with neglected deformities and pain. This can lead to more debilitating problems as the patient ages both physically and psychologically. The International Foundation of Reconstructive Surgery is dedicated to providing surgery to patients around the world in need of reconstructive procedures.

In addition to performing surgery, Surgeons of Service is also dedicated to the advancement of reconstructive surgery through education. By way of lectures, workshops and side-by-side interactions, our goal is to guide and help mentor physicians internationally to improve their understanding, knowledge base, and surgical skills.  Our hope is that through this collaboration, these physicians will be able to offer the latest in surgical techniques and procedures; thus creating long lasting changes in these areas. 

Recent Medical Mission / Surgical Mission trips:
February 2016 | Las Terrenas, Domincan Republic | Hospital Lic. Pablo A. Paulino
February 2015 | Las Terrenas, Domincan Republic | Hospital Lic. Pablo A. Paulino
September 2014 | Las Terrenas, Domincan Republic | Hospital Lic. Pablo A. Paulino
July 2011 | Comayagua, Honduras | St. Benedict Joseph Medical Center.

Our next surgical mission trip will take place Ocotber 2017 in Las Terrenas, Domincan Republic! Read full mission trip recaps with video and photo highlights at our main medical mission webpage.

 


 

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR FOOT & ANKLE SURGERY 
 

The International Institute for Foot & Ankle Surgery

Headed by Dr. Joseph D. Giovinco DPM FACFAS (NYCPM Alumni) and Dr. Chris Menke DPM (TUSPM Alumni), the Atlanta, Georgia based non-profit organization offers citizens of El Salvador the same standard of podiatric medical care as their United States counterparts. 
 
Equipped with over $25,000 worth of corporate and privately donated medical hardware and supplies, the eight day podiatric campaigns effectively treated over 100 patients in a clinical and surgical setting. Although the vast majority of these patients make the pilgrimage to the campaign's base of operations at the Hospital of Nueva Guadalupe, excursions to rural mountain villages provided the team with an opportunity to offer in-home visits to some of El Salvador's more financially burdened citizens. 
 
For the trip, after initial treatment and screening, a typical days’ work thereafter consisted of morning surgical rounds, followed by serial castings, clubfoot operations and reconstructive surgeries of the foot and leg.  Rather than simply providing transient relief from these podiatric ailments, the central mission of the IIFAS is to not only deliver high quality podiatric surgical care to the impoverished, but to empower indigenous health care providers to continue to offer that same level of care themselves by means of training and education.
 
This continuing effort is made possible by both the local ancillary services offered by the hospital of Nueva Guadalupe, as well as the overwhelming support of local residents and hospital staff.  In addition to volunteer translation service and medical assistance, these local citizens also provide travel and housing arrangements to the campaigns members.  This integration and cooperation with the native cultural community remains an important touchstone of what the IIFAS aspires to offer.