ISMS Operation Kids

ISMS Operation Kids is the first of the ISMS chapters, started in 2008 by Colleen Hekemian, Cindy Steele MD, Stephanie Cohen MD and Kathleen O’Hara MD. Our team is comprised of volunteer medical professionals practicing in the fields of Plastic surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, General Pediatrics, Hematology/ Oncology and Pediatric Anesthesia as well as a complete operating and recovery room staff.

Our first mission was in Marrakech, Morocco 2008. Our first patient was a 28 day old baby boy suffering from a severe cleft lip and cleft palate, he was born weighing 6 pounds but by the time we got there he was under 3 very weak and wasting away due to his facial deformity prohibiting him from receiving nutrition. Twelve hours later after an amazing surgery done by Dr. Stephanie Cohen our patient was successfully drinking from his bottle, his life saved…….. The look and tears of joy on his mothers face solidified our commitment to helping children in need.  Since then we have been able to save and change the lives of children in Peru, Egypt and Kenya.

In 2011 we expanded our team by adding Pediatricians, and Pediatric Nurse practitioners in order to create a mobile clinic. Our 2 missions to Kenya in 2011 and 2012 proved to us that a mobile clinic was in fact desperately needed. We were able to travel to remote villages and provide treatment, health screening, health education and disease prevention to over 800 patients.

It is our goal to relieve suffering and bring hope to those who feel forgotten. To share our knowledge with the local doctors, nurses and public health workers, so that they may improve their current practice. We do this with open hearts and healing hands while recognizing the value of diversity and the bonds we create by helping our fellow man.

ISMS Operation Kids fundraising auction

Our team ISMS Operation Kids is having an Annual Fall Fundraiser and these fantastic trips are live auction items that will be auctioned during their event on September 26th.

San Francisco Wine Country

Jet to the City by The Bay for an incredible escape to Northern California.  You’ll explore the quaint streets of San Francisco and the rolling hills of the Napa Valley.

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ISMS Operation Kids Annual Fall fundraiser

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ISMS Op. Kids Gallery – MayPen, Jamaica 2015

6​4 surgical cases and over 200 clinic patients seen and treated.
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Op. Kids Jamaica 2015

Operation Kids’ upcoming mission to Jamaica

Confirmed upcoming Mission of ISMS Operation Kids to May Pen, Jamaica.

Date: February 7th-13th, 2015


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Video: ISMS Operation Kids in Kenya – 2014

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The ISMS Operation Kids in Kenya treated over 500 children and 250 women. Follow their amazing mission in this beautiful video.

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ISMS Operation Kids mission in Kakamega, Kenya 2014


Kenya Mission 2014 images
65 surgical cases.
Over 500 children seen and treated in pediatric mobile clinics.
Over 250 women screened and treated in our mobile maternal health clinics.

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