In March, we highlighted just a few of the volunteer surgeons who work with us in providing charitable reconstructive surgeries to low-income youth with visible differences. We are amazed by their commitment to providing the “gold standard of care” – quality care by a team of specialists – to not only correct surgical conditions but also to empower young patients and allow them to live their best lives!
We asked each of these surgeons what they do to make a difference in the lives of their young patients:
Dr. Amanda Gosman (San Diego, CA): Dr. Gosman, the Chief of Plastic Surgery at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital, and the founder of ConnectMed has volunteered hundreds and hundreds of hours providing free surgeries for those in need. She says: “My focus is on treating the child and improving their quality of life in all domains: social, psychological and physical.”
Dr. Alicia Sigler (Tijuana, Mexico): Dr. Sigler, co-founder and Vice President of ConnectMed, gives much of her time and energy providing surgical and follow-up care for low-income children in Tijuana, Ensenada and throughout Mexico who need reconstructive surgeries. “I make a multidisciplinary plan and give parents access to all the networks possible to obtain treatment at the lowest cost possible, with minimal wait time, with very compassionate professionals.”
Dr. Joyce McIntyre ( Boston, Mass.): Dr. McIntyre is a craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgeon at University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a long-time CMI board member & volunteer. She collaborates “with families and our Craniofacial Team including specialized doctors, dentists and therapists who…make sure these kids are getting the most cutting edge surgeries at the right time – so they can go into the world and live their dreams!”
Dr. Luciano Nahas Combina (Cordoba, Argentina): In addition to organizing two free virtual microsurgical conferences for medical residents around the world, he hopes to create an official foundation to provide charitable care for low income children with his plastic surgeon father.