Our Mission

To provide free medical care for those in need in poor countries and to teach and train local medical professionals.

Our Hope

It is our hope to positively impact the lives of those who feel forgotten.

Our Dream

It is our dream to bridge the gap of ethnic, political, and religious differences.

Our chapters

ISMS team has been to many countries including Haiti, Mexico, Honduras, Brazil, Vietnam, Nepal, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Zambia, Peru, India, Egypt and Kenya.

Our goal

The major goal of ISMS is to reach out and positively touch as many lives as possible.

ISMS Operation Kids Update

Image: Gigi Stoll Photography

Dear Friends of ISMS Operation Kids,

At this time of year we always look forward to having the opportunity to update you on our work when we gather for our annual fundraiser at the horse farm, but this year we have decided to postpone our event until Spring, 2018. So thanks for taking the time to read this update on our work and what led to our decision to postpone our annual gathering:

Construction starts in the first eye hospital in the Himalayan area of Bhakunde Besi in Nepal

ISMS partners with Dooley Intermed in building the first eye hospital in the Himalayan area of Bhakunde Besi in Nepal. It is Nepal’s poorest district with population of 600,000+. There are tens of thousands of patients in that area who are suffering from eye diseases and not a single hospital dedicated to provide eye care to them. We are proud to part of this ambitious outreach and in building the first and only eye hospital in that area.

Fundraiser Tickets Purchase

September 16, 2017

6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Laurel Lake Vineyards

You are invited for an evening under the stars of live music, gourmet fare, local wine and beverages and exciting auction items. Tickets are $125 each.

We hope you can join us for the fundraiser! If you cannot make it and would still like to support our next medical mission, please click on the donate button. The work of ISMS is only possible through your generosity. We thank you for your support.

For more information please contact Dr. Vito Alamia at valamia@hamptons.com

Video: ISMS Team ORV in India

ISMS Operation Restore Vision Team restored visions to tens of poor patients in India.
Watch now.

ISMS Team ORV fundraiser for mission to India

As the ISMS Operation Restore Vision team prepares for their upcoming mission to Haridwar, India, learn about their history and previous missions.

ISMS Team Michigan in Ghana: Day 6

Friday – Our last morning of surgeries followed by packing up, thanking staff of The Holy Family Hospital and a grand send off celebration back at the hotel in the evening. 
What an amazing week here in Techiman!

ISMS Team Michigan in Ghana: Day 5

Thursday.  Another long day in the Operating “Theatre”.  Staff is tired but spirits are high!
Making a difference in the lives of these patients is our fuel and we wouldn’t want it any other way!

ISMS Team Michigan: Day 4 in Ghana

Wednesday – Super busy at Holy Family Hospital today.
Start at 07:30, end at 23:30.  16 surgeries.
Very tired yet still happy to be here!

ISMS Team Michigan: Day 3 in Ghana

Happy Monday from Ghana!  Busy 1st perioperative day for the team!  A quick 6:30am breakfast then off to Holy Family Hospital to begin an intense and exhilarating week of surgeries. Today we successfully completed 10 surgeries in 3 OR “Theatres”. Amazing effort by this amazing team on our 1st day!  Back to the hotel at 10:00pm for a quick dinner and sleep before we gladly do it all over again tomorrow!

ISMS Team Michigan: Day 2 in Ghana

Greetings!  A short “work” day for Team Michigan. After a morning of triaging patients, we headed off to Boabeng/Fiona Monkey Sanctuary followed by Kintampo Waterfall. Beautiful day with amazing sights!  Gearing up for a busy day tomorrow!


ISMS Team Michigan in Ghana – Day 1

Greetings from Ghana! A busy morning unpacking, organizing and triaging followed by a quick trip to the market for coffee (a staff necessity!) and other items. We took a stroll before dinner down the street for fresh coconut water then back to the hotel for a delicious meal. The evening was spent on the hotel’s patio with some refreshing Ghanaian beer, good conversation and card games. Tomorrow will be spent organizing more supplies, meeting more team members and triaging more patients.


Team Michigan trip to Ghana

Detroit team members all checked in and on our first leg of our trip to Ghana!
Meeting the rest of the team in JFK and then on to Accra.

ISMS Team Michigan Annual Fundraiser

Riverhead doctor on a mission to save lives across the globe

Dr. Rajesh Patel was standing inside a big, empty hospital in a remote region of Brazil in 1999 when a nurse summoned him to the emergency room. Lying on the floor was a pregnant 16-year-old, seizing and frothing at the mouth. 

Recognizing the girl was in the throes of eclampsia, a life-threatening pregnancy complication for which delivery is the only treatment, Dr. Patel ran outside to locate his colleagues Dr. Medhat Allam and Dr. Ravi Kothuru…

ISMS Operation Kids Annual Fall Fundraiser

opkids fall fundraiser

Team NY Summer 2016 fundraiser

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ISMS Operation Kids – Ghana Mission 2016

ISMS Team NY mission to Tanzania – 2016

Follow the ISMS Team New York in their life-transforming mission to Tanzania.

ISMS is now affiliated with the United Nations


We are so happy to share this news with all our supporters and donors. In recognition of our work the UN has granted ISMS a new status we are now considered an

“NGO Associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information.”

Team Michigan’s mission to Ecuador – 2015

Team Michigan’s mission to Ecuador completed 47 surgeries successfully.
Please watch our short documentary and share it with our friends!

ISMS Team Michigan in Riobamba, Ecuador. Final blog post.

Hello Friends and Family,
We are all home safely and in our respective states and countries! We are starting to adjust back to our normal routines and we apologize for not being the best at keeping the blog up to date, but once the surgeries started every member of our team was busy and worked long into the night. The mission week was filled with lots of laughter, amazing surgeries, and yes… exhaustion. Our team members were extremely hard working throughout the entire trip. The hospital that we worked with in Riobamba was very welcoming and wanted to work with us in helping the people of Ecuador. Their staff was so accommodating and helpful throughout our entire time there. It was fun for our team to interact with many of their local doctors and nurses and to learn from them about local medicine and culture. We hope they learned the same things from our team.

ISMS Team Michigan finishes their Ecuador mission

We had a very busy last few days with  long days of surgeries, hence the lack of communication.
Both the ISMS team and the local team worked very well together with strong bonds and friendships formed.

The Ecuadorean people are warm and friendly and were very appreciative.
Final summary will follow once the team arrives back in the states.

Here are some more photos of us closing up shop here in Riobamba. Next stop – Peru!

ISMS Team Michigan - 2015 Ecuador mission

ISMS Team Michigan in Ecuador – 10/22 update

It was a beautiful day Wedneaday, we were able to see Cotopaxi mountain on our way to the hospital.

It was a beautiful day Wednesday, we were able to see Cotopaxi mountain on our way to the hospital.

ISMS Team Michigan’s update from Ecuador mission

Some of us awoke to warm showers today. The rest of us were left in the cold. A friendly feud was had between the have’s and have not’s! After a breakfast of fresh fruit, delicious omelets, and warm unknown juice we headed to the public hospital of Riobamba, Ecuador. Twenty four of us split into 5 different cars and arrived at the hospital lobby where patients were quietly waiting for us. It is Sunday morning and aside from our surgical mission group, the hospital staff assisting us, and the patients the hospital was eerily vacant in the morning. Our first mission was to unload our 54 crates and bags of surgical equipment to the operating room. We were excited to get underway!

The surgical teams split up into urology, general surgery, and plastic surgery and headed toward the consultation rooms. The urologists, Drs’ Brad and Pradeep (Michigan), had a busy morning coordinating care with local urologist Dr. Garcia Wilson.   He kept the atmosphere light joking with patients and staff, reminding them that international experts on ‘all things below the belt’ had finally arrived. 15 surgeries ranging from uterovaginal prolapsed to prostate cancer were boarded for surgery starting the next day. Drs’ Pravin (Iowa) and Helen (Ireland) identified three patients including a twelve year old who needed colostomy reversals. Plastic surgeons, Drs’ Parit (Chicago) Mehul (Michigan) and Loren (Michigan) identified large number of microtia and complex cleft palate.

First update from ISMS Team Michigan in Ecuador

Hello Family and Friends,

We are HERE!!! Everything went smoothly and all of the baggage got here which is amazing. Everyone made the connecting flight in Atlanta and it was so exciting for us to meet many of our other team members there. The energy was amazing as everyone was just so excited for what the future week had in store. It was fun for both of us to hear about everyone’s history and what they were most excited for during the mission.