Humanitarian Programs


Contact: Becca Sheehy
Location and dates: Gaza, Syria, Iraq (contact us for specific dates)
Type of surgeon required: none specified
Number of surgeons needed: 2-5 per mission

MedGlobal is a nonprofit organization that provides free, sustainable healthcare services to refugees, the displaced, and the most vulnerable in crisis areas and low-resourced countries worldwide. We send medical professionals to provide training and clinical care and we require a 1-week minimum time commitment.

Operation Restore Hope

Operation Restore Hope is a program for the repair of cleft and craniofacial deformities in Manila, the Philippines since 1993.
It is active in supporting local surgeons in 2 hospitals throughout the year. An additional mission of international plastic surgeons is yearly for 7-10 days.

Point of contact Katherine Hodgkinson 

Department of CranioMaxilloFacial and Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery at Viet Duc University hospital of Hanoi, Vietnam
Contact: Dr. Nguyen Hong Ha
Location and dates: Vietnam, all year
Specific surgical need: Craniofacial Maxillofacial, Maxillofacial Trauma, Vascular Malformations, Hand, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery
Number of surgeons needed: 2 – 10

Programa Nuevo Amanecer de GUANAJUATO (New Sun Rising program of GUANAJUATO), Mexico
Contact: Dr. Abel De la Peña
Location and dates: Guanajuato, Mexico; May 2-5, 2019, November 2019
Specific surgical need: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: 5 board-certified plastic surgeons and 8 plastic surgery residents

Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
Contact: Suhail Flaifl
Location and dates: Palestine, open dates
Specific surgical need: none specified
Number of surgeons needed: as many as possible

AICPE Onlus, Italy
Contact: Yury Macrino MD,
Location and dates: Togo, Paraguay, Guatemala, Benin; please email for dates
Specific surgical need: malformation repair, flaps, skin grafts, and wound debridement
Number of surgeons needed: 2+ board-certified surgeons

Smile Network International (
Contact: Maureen Cahill, Executive Director.
Locations and dates: Haiti, Guatemala, India; 8-10 missions per year
Specific surgical need: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: 2 surgeons/mission, up to 16 surgeons/year
Interested surgeons should apply at:

Mision Caritas Felices, Peru
Contact: Lissel Kruger
Locations and dates: Lima, Perú; 5 missions per year, please contact for specific dates.
Specific surgical need: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: they usually work with only local surgeons, but visitors are welcome.

Operation Smile, International
Contact: Sarah Yatsko
Locations and dates:
Specific surgical needs: cleft lip/palate
Number of surgeons needed: 1 plastic surgeon per mission
Apply online at:

GAZA – Limb Reconstruction, post conflict trauma, mainly gunshots.  Teams of six for short visits (entering via Israel), involving ortho and plastic surgeons, and undertaking complex limb reconstruction, using Taylor Spatial Frames and non-microsurgery based soft tissue reconstruction. This combines two charities who work together MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians) and IDEALS (International Disaster & Emergency Aid with Long-term Support).  Contacts:

Dr. Naveen Cavale (UK) – or

Lauren Poskitt –

Gaza Plastic Surgery Curriculum Development and Board Certification Programme –  Connected to the above, to help them set up their own Board Certification programme, starting with up-skilling existing ortho and general surgeons.  They only have one surgeon who is ‘Board Certified’ in Plastic Surgery, so they don’t have enough trainers to produce more surgeons. This includes extra visits for plastics training, every two months, for one week at a time, of intensive training.

Contacts: Dr. Naveen Cavale (UK) –

Lauren Poskitt –

Tanzania –  Limb Trauma Reconstruction (domestic trauma, mainly RTAs) and Paediatric Hand Burns Contractures (in association with the British Society for Surgery of the Hand).  We have been once with the British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery and Training (BFIRST), the charity arm of BAPRAS, the UK reconstructive society. We hope to run regular one week visits with ortho and plastic surgeons working together.

Contacts: Dr. Naveen Cavale (UK) –

Lauren Poskitt –


Surgical Relief Teams © (SRT) was an initiative established to Train, Equip, Connect and Deploy highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons for short-term disaster relief medical missions. As a global platform for surgical care, SRT was established to place teams on the ground within the first week of a mass casualty incident.

From October 2013 through January 2017, this program deployed the following relief teams:

  • Missions to Amman, Jordan helped local surgeons treat injured Syrian refugees:
    • 18 trips, 263 surgeries, 450 patient evaluations.
  • Total International Disaster Relief Missions to Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon:
    • 25 trips, 438 surgeries, 907 patient evaluations

We applaud all those members who actively participated in this vital program and are working to update and revitalize our humanitarian mission efforts.

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