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:

Our Vision

A world where safe, timely, and affordable reconstructive surgical care is accessible to all. 

Our Mission & Goals

Our mission at ReSurge is to build, scale, and sustain reconstructive surgical capacity to provide life-changing care to those 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

Medical Partners

We partner with top academic medical programs and medical professional societies to ensure the training we provide is world-class.

Academic Partners

Medical Volunteer Institutions

Stanford University

John Hopkins University

Columbia University

Yale University

Northwestern University

Dartmouth 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

Rutgers University

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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.