ISMS Operation Kids

ISMS Operation Kids is the first of the ISMS chapters, started in 2008 by Colleen Brennan, 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 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: Read More

ISMS Operation Kids Annual Fall Fundraiser

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ISMS Operation Kids – Ghana Mission 2016

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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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ISMS Agnes Varis Mission in Guatemala

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ISMS Operation Kids Mission to Jalapa, Guatemala

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Mission 6 – Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

103 Surgeries completed with over 500 clinical patients seen and treated.

Photos by Gigi Stoll.

Triage Crowd - Waiting for a chance to be treated - Jalapa, Guatemala 2013

Triage Crowd – Waiting for a chance to be treated – Jalapa, Guatemala 2013


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Correcting disfigurement

ISMS Operation Kids – Kenya 2012

We rarely hear about many children suffering sever burns in the USA anymore, with all current building codes and precautions they rarely happen. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many  African countries and fires still claims many lives and destroy thousands others.

ISMS Op. Kids mission in Kisumu, Kenya – 2011

On May 2011 mission in Kisumu – Kenya, ISMS Operation Kids successfully completed 86 critical surgical cases that had a life changing impact on local kids.

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