Team New York
ISMS Team NY is the oldest of ISMS teams. The team made its maiden mission to Haiti in 1997 followed by many missions then. Most of the team members are the original founders of the organization. The team members routinely perform general, pediatric, gynecological and plastic and reconstructive procedures. Team NY was one of the earliest surgical teams to respond to the earthquake disaster in Haiti in 2010.
The many years of traveling together and working closely with each other made Team NY a unique team with substantial experience. Members of Team NY are equipped and capable of setting up four completely functioning operating rooms and an intensive care unit within less than four hours of their arrival in any place in the world. The team has been to countries in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America. Team NY, like other ISMS teams, is made of people who enjoy rich multicultural, multiethnic backgrounds.
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… Read More
Follow the ISMS Team New York in their life-transforming mission to Tanzania.
Watch a short documentary film about the medical mission that brought the ISMS Team NY to Myanmar, where they performed 65 major operations and left behind $150,000 worth of equipment to help upgrade the local hospital’s operating room, recovering room and ICU. Read More
ISMS Team NY completed its 2015 mission to Myanmar. The mission was one of the most amazing missions the team has ever done. Team NY completed 65 major surgical procedures in the fields of general, gynecological and reconstructive surgery. Read More
Local business owners and community members have raised $150,000 to help cover the cost of the trip, which will send a team of doctors to Mandalay, Burma in February. Read More
Please watch this beautiful and emotional short documentary, and follow the story of 12-year old Sadik Jafara – a patient whose life has been transformed by the doctors of ISMS Team NY. Read More
ISMS Team New York completed its mission at the Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, Ghana on March 25, 2014. The hospital is a very busy facility that covers a large region and provides service to more than 250,000 patients every year. Read More
The staff of Holy Family Hospital welcomed ISMS Team New York for its Mission to Techiman, Ghana this March. It is the only large hospital that covers a large region of Ghana and provides care for over 250, 000 patients every year. Yet the hospital has skeleton staff with one official surgeon and one official gynecologist. Read More
This first essay is about a shy young girl named Celia. She arrived with a large mole on her right cheek that had a strong possibility of becoming cancerous within the next ten years. By following her experience, a story unfolded that touched so many aspects of this mission’s purpose; the healing, the compassion, and the sharing of ideas and experiences. I hope you enjoy, and are touched by, this essay. If so, please become a partner in their next mission by making a donation so that more Celia’s can be helped.
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.
Over 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. Read More
International 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. Read More
ISMS Team New York Winter Fundraiser 2013 raises $40,000 and receives support from The First lady Cecilia Morel of Chile.
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The New York Winter fundraiser 2013, hosted by Dr. Ravi Kothuru and Ms. Grace McCarthy, was held February 28th at the beautiful Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion in Manhattan. This year ISMS-Team New York recognized its sixteenth year of supporting missions to Third World countries. ISMS also announced this year’s mission to the Province of Linares in Chile. The evening was highlighted by special presentations by Dr. Medhat Allam, Chairman of the Board for ISMS, Gloria Garafulich-Grabois from the Gloria Mistral Foundation, Octavio Errázuriz Guilisasti, the Chilean Ambassador to The UN, and a video message from Cecelia Morel, the First lady of Chile welcoming ISMS-Team New York to her country.
Team NY – Ecuador 2012
“As a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse I was delighted to accompany a team from ISMS to Ecuador in a mission to provide care for the underprivileged and to teach the local doctors laparoscopic procedures. One particular family really struck me emotionally and personally, and as a mother myself, I felt compelled to share this story.
“As a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse I was delighted to accompany a team from ISMS to Ecuador in a mission to provide care for the underprivileged and to teach the local doctors laparoscopic procedures. One particular family really struck me emotionally and personally, and as a mother myself, I felt compelled to share this story. Read More
The Haiti relief mission was ISMS first disaster relief mission and it was conducted in the Haitian Community Hospital in Port au Prince. A 17 man team including an orthopedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon, three trauma/general surgeons, internist, intensive care specialist, anesthesia and nursing staff was recruited and all supplies and equipment were assembled in 4 days. Read More