In the 1960s, plastic surgery was still evolving. For the first time ever, it was
believed that plastic surgery could rehabilitate and reintegrate those who
were outcasts because of deformities and disabilities. One man, Dr. Donald
Laub of Stanford University, pioneered the idea that reconstructive plastic
surgery could renew lives and restore hope. With that vision, Interplast (now
ReSurge International) was born in 1969. It was the first organization of its
Thousands of volunteers traveled overseas to help children. By 1979, 4,000
surgeries had been provided. Medical volunteers transformed lives by dedicating
their time to ReSurge, providing surgeries and training local doctors so
that they could perform the surgeries on their own.
As the developing world changed with the Internet and better infrastructure,
ReSurge forged a bold new course. In 1999, we established the first permanent Surgical Outreach Program, where local surgeons provide year-round care. By building surgical
capacity and supporting local surgeons, twice as many patients are now
receiving care annually.
Now 80 percent of our surgeries are performed by developing world surgeons
with ReSurge oversight, training and support; it is our most efficient and
cost-effective way to provide life-changing surgery. ReSurge also continually
improves the quality of health care through education programs.
Together with your help, we’ve provided 95,000 surgeries and look
forward to pioneering the way for generations