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2018 MACLA

We made it there and back again!  Nearly 120 surgeries for cleft lip, palate, nose, ear deformities and microtia, burn scar contractures, vascular malformations, congenital hand anomalies and traumatic injuries. On our first day the intake center was well organized.  Patients arrived at the break of dawn to wait outside of the main hospital entrance.

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Skin Care Down and Dirty

                 Patients and friends always ask me how to improve their skin. Depending on the individual there may be an assortment of specific recommendations. But overall there are a few simple things that can improve nearly everyone’s skin tone, reduce pore size, and remove small blemishes and fine

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Fresh Start Surgical Weekend Feb 2017

We finished Scarlett’s third stage in February.  She had almost 95% of her nevus removed from her left arm, wrist and hand and the skin divided from the abdomen.  She is a total rock star!  She has healed so well and I am happy to say that she is already back to her feisty, energetic

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Volunteering in the Dominican Republic

My annual trip to the Dominican Republic took place from February 4th to the 11th this year. The trip is organized and sponsored by a not for profit group called Medical Aid for Children of Latin America (MACLA), which has been active for thirty years. My involvement began as a resident at the University of

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It’s time to make a Fresh Start!

This amazing organization got its start in San Diego in 1991 as Fresh Start Surgical Gifts. With the laudable goal of building a community of healthcare organizations and surgical volunteers they ensure that every child with a physical deformity receives medical care regardless of ability to pay. In 2010 the group partnered with the Plastic

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