Board Spotlight: Meredith Taylor

Board Spotlight: Meredith Taylor

USA Headquarters
December 18, 2020

A ReSurge Board Member since 2015, Meredith Taylor was recently named Chair of our Board of Directors.  We are excited to introduce you to Meredith!

How did you hear about ReSurge and get involved? 
My first introduction to ReSurge was at the annual Gala in 2014.  I was deeply moved by the patient stories and by the commitment of the doctors, nurses and staff that made their life-changing surgeries possible.  I was honored to be asked to join the Board in 2015.  In 2017, I became Vice Chair of the Board and in 2020 became the Chair.

As Chair, what are some of the future goals the Board has for the organization?
The staff and board of ReSurge have very aggressive strategic goals.  We are targeting, by 2030, to double the number of patients that were served in the first 50 years.  A doubling in 10 years is very ambitious.  Our role as a Board is to support this goal strategically and through our fundraising.  It is also our goal that each Board Member serves as an ambassador for Resurge and spread the message to others about why ReSurge’s mission should be supported.

How would you describe ReSurge to someone unfamiliar with the organization?
The one word that I would use to describe ReSurge is life-changing.  This is why I am involved and why I support ReSurge.  I know that our donations change the lives of so many people around the globe: patients who would otherwise lack access to surgery, doctors who receive training in reconstructive surgery, Surgical Outreach Partners with whom we collaborate and who receive our support, and volunteers who help fulfill the mission.

Have you ever traveled with ReSurge?
I have been fortunate to travel with ReSurge to Vietnam, Nepal, and India to see first-hand the impact of our volunteers and our Surgical Outreach Partners upon patients and their families.  There is nothing more rewarding than to see the smile of a child who is on a path to gain the use of a hand or arm or leg.

Outside of your service with ReSurge and your professional duties, what are your interests and hobbies?
My husband and I enjoy international travel.  Many of our trips are to remote scuba diving locations.  However, we also love visiting archaeological sites and museums around the world and, at the end of the day, seeking out iconic local restaurants.

What’s something that might surprise people about you?
In terms of unique experiences, I opened the Nasdaq market one day in 2005.  I was prepared that the opening would be broadcast on news and financial channels.  However, I was not prepared to see the broadcast image played and replayed on the LED screen on the Nasdaq tower in Times Square.  It is rather startling to see yourself 80 feet tall.  I also got to go back stage and meet the Rolling Stones during their Voodoo Lounge Tour.  These are certainly not the experiences that have had the most impact upon me.  Yet, they may be the strangest! interplast

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The Higgins-Shaw Nepal Microsurgery Fund 

The Higgins-Shaw Nepal Microsurgery Fund 

Nepal,
December 11, 2020

None of our work would be possible without the steadfast support of you, our donors — together we’re changing lives around the globe.

It’s a particular joy when we collaborate with donors on a targeted program. One notable example: Dan Higgins and Maiya Shaw have brought state-of-the-art care to our partner hospital in Nepal by funding a reconstructive microsurgery initiative.

Reconstructive microsurgery is a highly technical field that transplants tissue from one part of the body to another using operating microscopes and precision tools. It allows surgeons to repair blood vessels and nerves less than 1mm in diameter, restoring function in patients who couldn’t be assisted with traditional techniques. But it requires specialized training and equipment that many developing regions don’t yet have. Five years ago, Dan and Maiya established the Higgins-Shaw Nepal Microsurgery Fund with the goal of making microsurgery a standard technique in the region.

ReSurge has worked in Nepal for over 30 years with Dr. Shankar Rai and the Kirtipur Cleft and Burn Center.  Now thanks to the Fund, Kirtipur Hospital is Nepal’s microsurgery hub as well — difficult cases from the region are now regularly transferred here. They have a full team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses who care for these cases independently, one of only three ReSurge partner hospitals in the world who can do so. They have also become a training hub for microsurgery, with a new hand fellowship that features a large microsurgery component. We’ve even sent Surgical Outreach Partners from other regions to Nepal for training in microsurgery, to begin bringing these techniques back to their home countries — our first visiting surgeon was Dr. Oumar Coulibaly of Mali. The latest group of Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) visited for training as well.

The increase in microsurgeries has generated additional revenue for the hospital and its growing international prominence in this field has attracted the notice of other organizations as well. The American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) now funds one visiting professor to Kirtipur Hospital each year, ensuring that the teaching program will continue beyond the generous Higgins-Shaw funding.

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Our Founder – Don Laub

Our Founder – Don Laub

USA Headquarters
November 17, 2020

Our Founder, Dr. Donald Laub  

In 1969, a group of volunteers from the Bay Area’s Latin American Mission Program (LAMP) requested help from Stanford University Hospital for a 13-year-old boy Mexican boy named Antonio. Antonio has a severe cleft lip and palate. He was being raised by his grandmother, apart from his parents and six siblings, and isolated from his community because of his appearance. He hanever attended school and rarely interacted with other children. Dr. Robert Chase, mentor to Interplast/ReSurge founder Dr. Donald Laub at the Stanford University School of Medicine, performed the surgeries to repair Antonio’s lip and palate.  Antonio returned to Mexico and began attending school, performing very well.   

Inspired by this success, Drs. Laub and Chase traveled to Mexico with LAMP, where they found a tremendous number of children in need of reconstructive surgical care. Determined to help them, Dr. Laub establishea program to provide surgeries on a regular basis in a charity hospital in Mexicali. Interplast was born, the first organization of its kind.  Dr. Laub, while serving as chief of plastic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he held from 1968 to 1980 was a pioneer in the field of global humanitarian surgery, with his vision of multidisciplinary teams from university medical schools or nonprofits taking short  

Interplast began to grow and systematize operations. However, it remained primarily a grassroots effort of volunteer, with just a few paid staff. Volunteer teams of medical professionals began to make regular trips to Mexico and Honduras, providing care for local patients who lacked the means to pay for reconstructive surgery. The teams then began to provide guest lectures at local medical schools and hospitals and working alongside locals in the operating rooms.   

Interplast, its volunteers and its work, were highlighted in several national television programs. Diane Sawyer of 60 Minutes joined Interplast volunteers on a trip to Ecuador and founder Dr. Donald Laub receivean award from President Ronald Reagan for his work with Interplast.   With continued growth, by the end of the 1980s, Interplast was working in nine countries.  

Interplast sent its first team to Vietnam, beginning its work there before the US re-establishes diplomatic relations with the country after the end of the Vietnam conflict. Continuing the   evolution, shifting from a primarily founder- and volunteer-run organization to a professionally managed nonprofit, Dr. Laub organized the non-profit organization with staff in Palo Alto officer to oversee delivery of medical and training services.   

Interplast was now delivering more than just surgical care for cleft lips and palates by partnering with local professionals in the countries it served, empowering them and creating a more sustainable model of care. Later in the decade, because of the very high incidence of burns in these countries, burn reconstruction became another foundation of care.    

US medical professionals continue to travel overseas to train local surgeons by working alongside them in treating patients.  

Interplast changed its name to ReSurge to distinguish itself from the less-formal Interplast “chapters” founded around the world by Interplast alumni and supporters.  ReSurge performed its 100,000th surgery in 2000 and the organization introduced the ReSurge Global Training Program (RGTP), developing curricula in surgery, anesthesia, and nursing, while recruiting distinguished faculty from US medical schools to deliver training in the countries served. ReSurge also began advocating to policymakers and stakeholders to increase its impact and the political priority on the neglected global health issues of global surgery and burn injuries.   

During Dr. Laub’s storied career, he completed 159 surgical trips and performed 1,500 cleft lip and palate surgeries. Through ReSurge, however, his legacy extends far beyond the patients he touched personally, to include the more than 120,000 patients whose lives the organization transformed through reconstructive surgery, and the hundreds of medical professionals ReSurge trains each year. In 2013, he received the Surgical Humanitarian Award from the American College of Surgeons in recognition of his lifetime of service providing surgical care to the underserved in developing countries.  

In addition to his work providing surgical care to the underserved in developing countries, Dr. Laub personally trained and mentored more than 50 plastic surgeons throughout his career. He was also at the forefront of gender affirmation surgery for transgender people, and through his work became a passionate advocate for the rights of transgender people.  

Dr. Laub holds a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and an M.D. from the Marquette University School of Medicine. He interned at Yale School of Medicine before completing his residency at Stanford. 

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USA Headquarters
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Hands of ReSurge Consulting Medical Officer Dr. Jim Chang and Donald Laub fellow Anna Luan using the smart glasses to connect from two separate locations.

ReSurge is proud to announce our collaboration with Ohana One International Surgical Aid, a global surgical training nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate high-quality surgical and anesthesia programs in developing areas around the world today. As part of their Surgical Sight program, ReSurge is among 6 non-profits that will be receiving Vuzix Smart Glasses, a technology that connects surgeons in low-income countries with experts from around the world.   
 
ReSurge is participating in this larger program and study, in which 20 glasses are going to 16 countries across 5 disciplines: general surgery, colorectal, neurology, urology, orthopedic, and of course, reconstructive surgery. ReSurge has received 5 pairs of glasses which will in turn be given to our surgical partners in India, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, and Uganda.  The glasses use what’s known as “merged reality” so that the mentee can wear the glasses, and the mentor, sitting thousands of miles away can actually insert their hand into the mentee’s field of vision, as pictured below. In this way, ReSurge surgical mentors will see exactly what surgeons in the operating rooms are seeing, giving them the opportunity to guide and teach in real-time during surgical procedures. 
 
Ohana One is providing ReSurge with the VUZIX smart glasses and the coordinating projection software that brings the surgeons together (Click hereto  access a webinar about the technology).   
 
The Surgical Sight program is the brainchild of Dr. David Kulber, a ReSurge volunteer who started Ohana One. Dr. Kulber currently does this mentoring via Smart Glasses with our ReSurge surgical outreach partner Pedro Santos in Mozambique. 
 
“The success of the first mentor/mentee program culminated with Dr. Santos passing his COSECSA boards for the first time while ranking second in all of Africa, and having other doctors wanting to volunteer,” states Kulber. “This experience created the nucleus to roll out a broader and more robust program so that physicians all over the world who work in limited resource countries can have access to mentor/mentee relationships, which go beyond education and creates deep personal bonds on a global scale.” 
 
Other partners that will be receiving the Smart Glasses include: 

  • Ecuador — Dr. Lorena Escudero Castor (also a PWRS surgeon), partnered with mentor Dr. Vaughn 
  • India — Dr. Kush Aeron, partnered with mentor Dr. Partington 
  • Nepal — Dr. Shilu Shrestha(also a PWRS surgeon), partnered with mentor Dr. Hentz at Stanford 
  • Uganda — Dr. Rose Aleyno, partnered with mentor Dr. Cooney at Johns Hopkins 
  • Zimbabwe — Dr. Kevin Nduku, partnered with mentor Dr. Gordon Lee at Stanford 

We will be shipping the glasses out to their respective countries and mentees in the coming weeks and will keep you updated as the program progresses. During this pilot stage, ReSurge hopes to provide valuable feedback in order to grow the program and ultimately build surgical knowledge and capacity around the world, a core mission for both organizations. We are excited about the potential impact of the program, as Dr. Pedro Santos has said that through Dr. Kulber’s mentorship, he has “been able to treat over 20 cases of complex reconstructions. However, the principles that have been passed on to me have allowed me to treat far more patients without Dr. Kulber’s guidance on the other side of the line. This is an easily reproducible model that can have a significant impact on surgeons and patients’ lives and should be used to improve patient care worldwide.” 
 
ReSurge is very grateful to Ohana One for sharing this extraordinary technology with us so that we can bring our surgical community closer together.

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Board Spotlight: Eileen Sheldon 

Board Spotlight: Eileen Sheldon 

USA Headquarters
November 13, 2020

 

Eileen Sheldon, ReSurge Board member, recently did a spectacular job chairing our Transformations 2020 event. In the midst of the planning, we interviewed Eileen to hear more about why she is passionate about ReSurge and our mission.   

How did you hear about ReSurge and get involved?  

My husband and I were invited to be guests at the 2012 ReSurge Gala. The event was our first introduction to the organization, and we were incredibly moved by the mission and the passion presented that evening. I will never forget Sarah Hirsch’s (former board member) remarks about her experiences on a surgical team trip to Vietnam, followed by Dr. Bill McClure’s captivating and heartfelt stories about his involvement and why he cares so deeply about ReSurge. I am now serving my 7th year as a board member! 

Have you ever traveled with ReSurge? 

Yes! I have been fortunate enough to travel with ReSurge on five different trips and each experience has been wonderfully enriching. Being able to meet the surgical outreach partners and see the impact of the work is truly life-changing. 
 
Tell us about what keeps you connected to the organization. 

I feel strongly about supporting the important work and mission of ReSurge. I feel connected to so many of the patient success stories and I have seen firsthand how surgery can change the life of a patient and his or her family. 

How has ReSurge changed since you joined the Board? 

The organization has evolved in very meaningful ways. The emphasis on training and supporting the next generation of reconstructive surgeons in the countries where we work is extremely powerful. I have specifically loved witnessing the creation and growth of the PWRS program with Skinceuticals. 

Outside of your service with ReSurge and your professional duties, what are your interests and hobbies? 

I love the outdoors and spend most of my free time trying to keep up with my husband and two boys on various outdoor pursuits. I am also a trustee at my childrens‘ independent school in Marin and became a Master Gardener in 2020. 

What’s something that might surprise people about you? 

I have finished 7 Ironman triathlon races and hope to complete at least 1 more. 

Why do you believe someone should support ReSurge? 

Because the need for surgical care is too great to ignore! 

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