Category Archives: Chile

ISMS honored by Gabriela Mistral Foundation

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A message from Dr. Ravi Kothuru, ISMS – Team NY President and mission leader for Chile 2013

Team NY - Chile
Coordinating a surgical mission is a unique experience each time.  The variables are numerous and change with each mission.  One lesson we have learned over the last 15 years is that every aspect is critical for a mission to be successful.  Even a small detail can cause a mission to be cancelled.  The stakes are high. There are patients relying on our services, the volunteers who donate vacation time away from their families and the donors who support these missions. It is imperative that these missions are successful.

Team NY - ChileOver the years we have teamed up with many organizations and people.  We have learned some tough lessons about the importance of proper logistics and planning.  I could remember having our medical supplies confiscated on multiple trips or leaving a town at 4am in the back of a pickup truck because of political unrest in the region.  These are colorful stories but the success and safety of the team requires a strong partnership with committed people.

ISMS Team New York returns from Linares, Chile

Chile mapInternational Surgical Mission Support-Team New York embarked on a 10 day mission to Linares, in the Maule region of Chile.  The 18 member team included General surgeons, OB/GYN surgeons, a Thoracic surgeon, a Plastic surgeon, a Critical Care Physician, anesthesia providers, and a complete staff of nurses.  During it’s time in Linares, the team performed 85 surgeries, many of them complex.  The patient population ranged from infants to the elderly and they were treated for variety of conditions.  Some of these surgeries were life changing cosmetic procedures and some were lifesaving complex operations.

Our goal of reaching out and positively touching as many lives as possible was achieved.  As Dr. Kothuru, who was the team’s leader stated, “Each mission brings a unique opportunity to directly impact people with free surgical care and also provide support to the local healthcare system by sharing ideas and donating medical equipment.”   This year was no exception.