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For Immediate Release

Dr. Farzana Ibrahim Named a Heroine of Health by Women in Global Health; First Surgeon to be Given the Honor


SUNNYVALE, CA (June 01, 2019):   Resurge International today congratulated Dr. Farzana Ibrahim, the first surgeon to be recognized as a Heroine of Health by Women in Global Health. Dr. Ibrahim, a participant in Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS), a joint initiative of ReSurge and SkinCeuticals, received the award this week at a gala held on the eve of the opening of the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Heroines of Health award began in 2017 to bring visibility to the contributions of women in global health, especially at the frontline, and showcase the entire breadth of the ways women are improving the health and well-being of their communities. The gala allows global health policymakers and leaders to witness the stories and contributions of each year’s selected class of remarkable women in global health.

Dr. Ibrahim, the first surgeon to be honored, is an assistant professor, assistant director and plastic surgeon at the Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes and Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM) General Hospital in Bangladesh, an institution established by her grandfather, where she specializes in reconstructive procedures. Dr. Ibrahim earned an MBBS from Bangladesh Medical College and did residencies in both general and plastic surgery at Dhaka Medical College Hospital under the mentorship of Dr. Shafquat Khundkar, a ReSurge International partner surgeon. Since 2006, Dr. Ibrahim has been a partner surgeon for ReSurge International, providing free reconstructive surgery for women cannot pay for services.

“It is extremely significant that a surgeon was recognized at this year’s awards,” stated Sara Anderson, ReSurge senior advisor for advocacy and innovation. “It represents the continued commitment of the global health community to strengthen surgical care as a way of improving the health and well-being of billions of people worldwide. Global surgery is a vital part of global health.”

Four years ago, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution underscoring the immediate need to strengthen essential surgical care as a key component of Universal Health Coverage. Their resolution was based upon evidence gathered by the global health community which found that lack of surgical care is a global health and economic crisis. Currently, five billion people do not have access to safe, affordable surgical and anesthesia care when needed. Access is worst in low-income and lower-middle- income countries, where nine of ten people cannot access basic surgical care.

One important way of increasing access to surgical care is increasing the number of surgeons, especially women. For every one million people in low income countries, there are only 3 female surgeons. With so few women in the surgical field, increasing support for women in surgery can have an immediate impact on patient access to care.

Dr. Ibrahim is a participant in the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRC) program, a joint initiative of ReSurge and Skinceuticals seeks to support women reconstructive surgeons. The program provides technical training, leadership development, and mentor support to the first generation of local women reconstructive surgeons in developing nations, and fosters the building of essential networks required for safe surgical care.

“We could not be more delighted for Dr. Ibrahim and the award could not be more well-deserved,” stated Jeff Whisenant, ReSurge president and CEO. “Beyond her exceptional surgical expertise, she has shown a real commitment to advancing surgical access in her country. Her work is making a difference for so many.”

ReSurge hopes this program helps bridge the gap of gender inequality not only in surgery, but in healthcare overall. Lack of gender balance in health leadership means that the global health sector loses female talent, perspectives, and knowledge. This must be addressed if Universal Health Care is to succeed.

To learn more about the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery program, please visit

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ReSurge International to Honor Humanitarians, Surgeons and Supporters at Upcoming Transformations Gala


PALO ALTO, CA (October 15, 2018):   ReSurge International, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization providing safe, affordable life-changing reconstructive surgical care to more than 2,500 children and adults annually in developing countries,is hosting their annual Transformations Gala on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The Gala will bring together leaders in the global health community, ReSurge medical volunteers, partners and supporters.

The event will recognize a number of individuals and organizations that have helped ReSurge achieve their goals of enhancing the skills of reconstructive surgeons and their teams, increasing access to surgical care for the poor by educating early-career reconstructive surgeons, and transforming patients’ lives by restoring function through reconstructive plastic surgery.

Thomas Davenport, MD, FACS, board-certified plastic surgeon and partner at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, will be honored with the Donald R. Laub Humanitarian Award for volunteering his time and talent to ReSurge for more than 15 years. Dr. Davenport has performed reconstructive surgery and trained others in reconstructive plastic surgery on more than 20 ReSurge trips. He has visited countries including Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Ecuador, India, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, and the Philippines. He is a partner at the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group and director of microsurgery, director of surgical wound care and chief of plastic surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award from ReSurge,” said Dr. Davenport. “It has been one of the great privileges of my life to be a part of such a talented and generous team that’s bringing life-changing surgeries to individuals in need all over the world.”

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, will receive this year’s Partners in Progress award.  The award is in recognition of Dentons’ steadfast support of ReSurge’s global efforts to bring safe, affordable surgery to those that needit most around the world.  For many years, Dentons has generously donated legal support to ReSurge in a number of areas, including its extraordinary pro bono service advising ReSurge on the execution of an acquisition strategy and Kim Kerry’s long standing pro bono service as the ReSurge general counsel. 

“Dentons is deeply appreciative to be honored by this recognition,” said Benjamin Weinberg, pro bono partner at Dentons. “We are delighted to support ReSurge in its mission, and find it incredibly gratifying that our work in helping the organization achieve its business objectives also increases its ability to deliver more life-changing surgeries to those in need.”

Like ReSurge, Dentons is committed to serving clients around the globe.

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Wendell Alderson, R.N., will be honored as the recipient of the Barco’s Nightingales Foundation’s Award for Nursing Excellence. This award honors nurses who not only have contributed to their profession, but who are committed to humanitarian work as volunteers donating their time and professional skills to those in need.Alderson has a long history of volunteering with ReSurge, making at least one trip annually as an invaluable member of a surgical team. He serves on both the ReSurge Nursing Committee and the Medical Services Committee. In addition to his annual surgical team trip, Wendell was also drafted as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to assess medical practices and procedures at several sites.

Guests will also be able to meet the participants of the “Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery” program, from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Mozambique, Nepal and Zimbabwe. This program is a joint initiative of ReSurge and Skinceuticals, developed to deliver technical training, professional mentorship, and leadership development to first-generation female surgeons to increase access to reconstructive surgical care in under-served parts of the world. 

ReSurge would like to thank the Presenting Sponsor, the Lee Family Foundation, as well as Gala Chairs Eileen Sheldon and Maiya Shaw. A full list of sponsors can be found here.

If you are a member of the media and would like to attend as a guest, please contact Amber McCracken at 703-599-0134 or For any additional information, please contact Michelle Nathanson at michellen@resurge.orgor 408-656-9085.

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ReSurge International Announces Partnership with SkinCeuticals

An Initiative for Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery #SurgeOn


NEW YORK, NY (May 1, 2017):  SkinCeuticals is born from science, rooted in the belief that knowledge is power, and committed to doctors in the field of skin health and aesthetics. Through its new partnership with ReSurge International, the brand announces an initiative for Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery, to technically train, professionally mentor, and develop in leadership first generation female surgeons in order to increase access to reconstructive surgical care in under-served parts of the world..

For people in developing countries who suffer from burn injuries or congenital conditions, a change in their appearance can change their lives–enabling them to fully participate in their communities, attend school, and provide for their families. For these people, reconstructive plastic surgery is transformative at many levels – yet 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, timely surgical care. SkinCeuticals believes that equality of medical training is essential to meeting this need. Today, there are only three female surgeons for every 1 million people in low income countries, often due to a lack of equal access to significant technical training or obstacles to gaining acceptance in their field.

SkinCeuticals and ReSurge International aim to correct this imbalance.

ReSurge International was founded in 1969, and since its inception, it has provided more than 100,000 reconstructive surgeries for patients in developing countries. In 2014, the ReSurge International Global Training Program & Academic Faculty was introduced. The program is led by Dr. James Chang, who serves as the consulting medical officer for Resurge International and is Stanford University’s chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery. The Global Training Program embraces a “teach to fish” philosophy, working with world class medical faculty to educate and train local surgeons in reconstructive care.

Through visiting educator programs, leadership training, mentorship support, and funding of supplies, Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery will help female surgeons grow their knowledge and as a result, provide networks of reconstructive surgical care within their communities. The first year of the partnership will focus on five up-and-coming female surgeons. 

Says Dr. Chang of the program, “These women are not only learning surgical skills, but how to navigate a male-dominated field, with specialty curriculum in reconstructive surgery and career advancement through our partnership with SkinCeuticals. It was a similar story in the US one generation ago – now more than half of medical students are women and of my 18 faculty at Stanford University, 8 are women. It is an issue critical to me as a father of three daughters. We would like to mentor and empower these pioneering women surgeons for future generations.”

Leslie Harris, Global General Manager of SkinCeuticals, adds “Today, reconstructive surgical care is out of reach for 2/3 of the population. If we want to change this statistic, we need to change the number of women surgeons in low income countries who often face unique barriers to entering the field. This mission is an evolution of Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, our founding scientist’s, commitment to the medical community and spirit of philanthropy. We are honored to partner with Resurge International in the years to come.”

And as we work to change the landscape for women surgeons in the developing world, you can continue to make an even bigger difference by showing your support for ReSurge International and asking your friends and family to join you. Just use the links below to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and help us transform lives.

Founded in Dallas, TX in 1997, SkinCeuticals discovers, develops, and delivers an advanced line of scientifically backed cosmeceutical treatments. As leaders in antioxidant and sun protection technology, SkinCeuticals products have been shown to dramatically improve skin health by protecting skin from environmental damage and visibly improving clarity, tone, and texture to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For more information, visit or our social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter and YouTube)

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Michelle Nathanson, Chief Development Officer ( or Anne Cavanaugh, Director of Communications and Marketing ( Feel free to call our office at 408-737-8743.

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