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LEAP Surgeons Perform Critical Surgeries on Syrian Children

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WaelAfter traveling from around the world to a hospital located in Tripoli, Lebanon, the team started conducting clinical evaluations of 90 prospective patients on January 8, 2017. The vast majority were children who sustained injuries as a direct result of the war, such as bombs or fuel exploding, or as a result of living in makeshift camps because they were displaced by war. Read More

International Disaster Relief: Dr. Nina Naidu

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IMG_0958Dr. Nina Naidu was part of the Lebanon Mission 2 team that traveled and served in Saida over seven days earlier this month. This team of three plastic surgeons and one anesthesiologist provided care to over 80 Syrian and Palestinian refugees, including almost 40 surgeries on children who had been directly injured by bomb blasts or other war-related injuries, or was due to their subsequent displacement and poor living conditions.


According to Dr. Naidu, “I had always wanted to do relief work, [but] it took me many years to be able to make the mental and physical commitment to go on a mission.” Grateful for the experience, Dr. Naidu ultimately felt there were many reasons that drove her to complete this mission, including “a desire to give back, a feeling of helplessness when reading the news every morning, and simply a need to fulfill some inner calling.” While in Lebanon, she was “struck by how stoic our young patients and their parents were; after having witnessed so much trauma in their short lives, undergoing elective surgery under controlled conditions must have seemed comparatively easy.” While relief work was ultimately a very personal one for her, Dr. Naidu felt her life had “certainly been changed by [her] experience.” It was her greatest hope that the team was able to make the lives of at least a few of their patients a little bit easier.


International Disaster Relief: Shareen

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13938305_10154269331617254_4662325707392529237_oAfter suffering from two separate injuries in Syria before fleeing her beloved country, 13-year-old Shareen came to our Lebanon Mission 2 surgical team for an evaluation. Shareen had an injury to her left arm caused by a mortar fragment as well as burn scars to her face, hand, and both feet due to an electrical fire. After two hours of surgery, Shareen was on her way to a full recovery with some needed physical therapy for her hand. Serving the Syrian refugees that have been displaced throughout the Middle East over the past three years has been a great privilege of ours. We wish Shareen and her family the best.



International Disaster Relief: Lebanon Mission 2

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IMG-20160731-WA0011Currently serving in Sidon, Lebanon, Dr. Adam Hamawy (right) is pictured here evaluating a Syrian child. This young man will be scheduled for a left hand burn scar release. His cousin was also evaluated with a similar burn to his right palm, now currently scheduled for surgery. Wanting to make his best impression, this sweet young man came for evaluation dressed in a collared shirt and tie. At this particular geographic location, there has been a significant need for surgical care for children suffering from war-related injuries. Of the nearly 40 surgeries scheduled this week, all but one are children.

If you would like to help financially support our IDR program, please click below to donate online or contact Ashley Winder at or (972) 566-6550.


International Disaster Relief: Meet Dr. Giancarlo McEvenue

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Giancarlo McEvenueDr. Giancarlo McEvenue is a Canadian plastic surgeon in his final year of residency training at the University of Toronto. In January, Dr. McEvenue was part of the surgical team that performed Canada’s first hand transplant. Medical missions and relief work have always been a life goal of his, and he plans on making it a big part of his future career. Dr. McEvenue will join the ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams© mission to Lebanon this week. This will be his first mission with LEAP!

International Disaster Relief: Meet Dr. Kevin Healy

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Dr. Kevin Healy with two anesthesia residents in Lima, Peru in December 2015

Dr. Kevin Healy with two anesthesia residents in Lima, Peru in December 2015

Dr. Kevin Healy is an anesthesiologist living in Gainesville, FL. Retired from remunerative practice, he is active in international service, having served at seven hospitals in Trinidad, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Peru, Palestine, and Zimbabwe in the first half of 2016. Dr. Healy will join the ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams© mission to Lebanon at the end of the month. Since first participating in the Haiti 2010 disaster relief missions, this will be Dr. Healy’s sixth mission with LEAP.




International Disaster Relief: Meet Dr. Adam Hamawy

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13592778_10154161312272254_6320019660486254566_nDr. Adam Hamawy is a fellowship trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon and owner of Princeton Plastic Surgeons. In addition to being an accomplished surgeon, Dr. Hamawy is an avid photographer. His ability to artistically capture the natural beauty in a landscape or that of a single flower has aided him in doing the very same for each and every one of his patients. At the end of the month, Dr. Hamawy will lead a team of plastic surgeons to serve on a week-long mission to al-Hamshari Hospital in Saida, Lebanon. This will be Dr. Hamawy’s fourth disaster relief surgical mission; he also traveled with our 2008 Belize mission team.

International Disaster Relief: Returning to Lebanon

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Beirut - Photo by AdellaThis summer, ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams© is going to Lebanon to provide reconstructive surgical care for Syrian patients with chronic burn injuries. We are currently in need of one anesthesiologist to join the team. Due to the broad spectrum of patient ages, we require that providers have significant experience with pediatrics. For more information, please contact Ryan Snyder Thompson, Director of International Disaster Relief, at

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Ecuador Earthquake

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SRT-Logo Transparent copy 700pxOur hearts are broken for the people of Ecuador who are suffering from such devastating loss. Through our International Disaster Relief Program, we have sent surgical teams to areas in which natural or war-related disasters have occurred. Since news of the earthquake, we have been actively working with our global partners to potentially deploy surgical relief teams to the affected provinces. We will update you as we know more, including how you can help.

If you are medical volunteer interested in participating in our International Disaster Relief Program, please complete a Disaster Relief Volunteer Form. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Snyder Thompson, Director of International Disaster Relief, at

ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams© is a joint collaboration between the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) and LEAP Global Missions. As a global platform for surgical care, ISAPS-LEAP Surgical Relief Teams© exists to train, equip, connect and deploy highly skilled plastic and reconstructive surgeons for short-term disaster relief medical missions.

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International Disaster Relief: Returning to Amman, Jordan

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Following a recent pause in sending international surgical missions to assist our friends with the Treating the Wounded Syrian Program, LEAP Global Missions and ISAPS are proud to announce that we are once again coordinating teams of plastic and reconstructive surgeons to treat war-wounded Syrians. Thanks to the generous financial support provided by the Syrian American Medical Society covering the anticipated costs of surgical procedures, two teams have been scheduled to volunteer in November 2015 and January 2016.Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 10.44.08 AM

Participating in the November mission are ISAPS member surgeons Dr. Argentina Vidrascu (Romania) and Dr. Evando Lauritzen (Brazil). Participating in the January mission is ISAPS member surgeon Dr. Ali Juma (UK) and LEAP volunteer surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson (USA).

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