The Face of Global Surgery Is Ever-Evolving
Since 1969, ReSurge has been at the forefront of the global surgery movement. Our history proves how an organization can adapt to new challenges and consistently grow its impact.
We began as a grassroots organization of medical professionals focused on traveling to low-income countries and serving people with cleft lips and palates. Witnessing the vast need for reconstructive surgery, we quickly broadened our range of assistance to a full scope of surgical solutions, including care for burn survivors and reconstruction from traumatic injuries like road traffic accidents, cancers, and other congenital conditions.
As our organization grew, so did our vision for serving the world. Instead of solely focusing on sending teams to provide reconstructive surgeries, we knew that we could amplify our ripple effect by training and funding local partners. Currently, we work in 19 low-income countries across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
We Are an Organization of Firsts
ReSurge is a founder in the global surgery movement, and we continue to grow our impact on global surgery by pioneering a sustainable training model for surgeons in low-income countries around the world.
We are one of the first surgical organizations to:
Travel overseas and perform reconstructive surgery for people in low-income countries
Adopt a patient-centric philosophy and prioritize the safety and well-being of those we serve above all else
Move away from the “fly-in” approach and prioritize capacity building by training and funding local medical practitioners
Train and fund surgeons in the full scope of reconstructive surgical care
Champion women in reconstructive surgery by partnering with SkinCeuticals to create the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery program (PWRS)
Standardize the curriculum and certification of all reconstructive surgeons in eastern, central, and southern Africa by partnering with the largest surgical training college
Help us create more firsts:
A world where no person has to suffer a treatable or preventable disability because of their geography or income level.
Our Mission & Goals
Our mission at ReSurge is to inspire, train, fund, and scale reconstructive surgical teams in low-income countries to provide life-changing care to patients with the greatest need.
We achieve our mission by:
Increasing access to surgical care for the poor by educating early-career reconstructive surgeons
Enhancing the skills of reconstructive plastic surgeons and their teams in the countries we serve
Transforming our patients’ lives by restoring function through the full scope of reconstructive plastic surgery
We partner with top academic medical programs and medical professional societies to ensure the training we provide is world-class.
Medical Volunteer Institutions
John Hopkins University
University of Toronto
University of California San Diego
University of California San Francisco
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
University of Michigan
University of Washington
University of Chicago
University of Iowa
University of Nebraska
University of Pittsburgh
University of Wisconsin
In the News
Being intentional about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is at the core of our work, both domestically and internationally — whether it’s supporting women surgeons or neglected patients in need. We believe diverse and inclusive organizations create diverse and inclusive communities both at home and abroad. Read our official statement and commitment to DEI.