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Transforming Lives Around the World

Since 2007, The Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center has provided volunteer surgical and support services to patients in underserved areas of the world, transforming lives and ensuring a healthier future.

These medical mission trips have brought together expert surgeons from our center as well as nutritionists, speech therapists, nurses, anesthesiologists, as well as students, residents and fellows.

The trips are self-funded, with no formal outside support and a strong, shared vision of bringing world-class medical care to where it is needed most. Together we provide multi-faceted treatment — and hope — to those whose facial deformities threaten their well-being and survival.

Using technology such as telemedicine to reach remote areas, we envision a future where patients everywhere have access to surgery, speech therapy, and all the expertise they need for the best possible result.

What we hope to create is a program that provides access to patients, supports continuity of treatment, standardizes protocols and measurements, and obsessively tracks results. These steps will help us perpetuate meaningful quality improvement in all the areas we serve.

Faculty Projects

Learn more about the life-changing surgeries our experts perform around the world.

A Medical Mission to Pune

Shaun Desai with volunteers while in Pune

Shaun Desai, M.D.

Dr. Desai is a member of the non-profit organization Healing the Children, which provides critical medical care for underserved children all over the world, regardless of their ability to pay. Accompanied by Johns Hopkins speech therapists, nurses, pediatric anesthesiologists and administrators. Dr. Desai volunteers annually in Peru where he performs facial reconstructive surgery on children with craniofacial diseases, including cleft lip and palate, as well as other congenital deformities such as vascular malformations and trauma. He also led mission trips to Pune, India. Dr. Desai’s work has earned him a humanitarian grant from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). 

Learn more about Dr. Desai's work in Pune.

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