A pair of Long Island doctors
from the Garden City-based Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC
(LIPSG) have returned from a trip to El Salvador where
they established a surgical and teaching partnership between the country’s teaching hospital and Mission: Restore, a charitable
organization affiliated with the medical group.
Dr. Vincent DiGregorio and Dr. Laurence
Glickman spent three days in February visiting Hospital Nacional Rosales in the Central American nation’s capital,
San Salvador, arranging future reconstructive surgeries, meeting
with doctors who will participate in a Mission: Restore three-year training
program and visiting with patients who will require the reconstructive surgery
expertise of the surgeons.
“It went very well,” said Dr. DiGregorio,
a senior surgeon at LIPSG. “It was successful in that we identified the
appropriate government officials and the institution where we can work
Drs. DiGregorio and Glickman met with
Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Jaime Miranda and the Minister of Health, Dr. Maris Isabel Rodriquez, a former medical school dean.
“She’s a national treasure. She was just
unbelievably fantastic,” Dr. DiGregorio said of the 91-year-old health minister.
The surgeons also met with Dr. Mauricio Ventura
Centeno, the hospital’s administrator, and Dr. Reynaldo Tejada of
the department of plastic surgery.
The Long Island doctors also visited with patients to
assess what is needed and to tailor a program that would most benefit patients.
While there, they saw patients with electrical burns,
skin cancers, and intracranial and extracranial tumors, said Dr. DiGregorio.
“Our goal is to establish a long-term
relationship with the people of El Salvador and the plastic surgery community
of El Salvador that’s mutually beneficial,” Dr. DiGregorio said. He said doctors on his team could learn from
their Salvadorian colleagues, who work on advanced cases that typically are not
seen on Long Island.
“They are eager to have an educational
experience and many people can benefit from this alliance,” DiGregorio said of
the Salvadoran doctors.
In deciding to provide
assistance to El Salvador Mission: Restore considered the Central American
nation’s ties to Long Island, where more than 100,000 Salvadorans reside.
The training process under Mission:
Restore initially will be conducted via video conferencing, but the Long Island
doctors said they plan to return to the country to conduct a surgical mission
in the next few months.
“Our hope is that we'll be able to visit in the future
and collaborate with them and have their residents come to New York and train,”
Dr. Glickman said. “We can go down there
and help with complicated surgeries.”
Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh, chairperson
of Mission: Restore, said, “By partnering with doctors in countries like El
Salvador, we are able to tailor our surgical and education programs with an
understanding of the culture, the healthcare delivery system and the prevailing
medical needs of the people of El Salvador.”
Established in 2010, Mission:
Restore is a 501 c (3) not-for-profit founded by a group of surgeons
affiliated with Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. Mission:
Restore provides expert reconstructive surgical care to patients globally,
educates and trains medical professionals dedicated to volunteer
care and invests in scientific clinical research to improve
plastic surgery practices and procedures.
For more information, visit missionrestore.org
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group
For 65 years, Long Island Plastic
Surgical Group has been dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive
care, while pioneering and performing the most advanced reconstructive and
cosmetic surgical procedures. As the largest and longest running private
academic plastic surgical practice in the nation, LIPSG surgeons have more
than 250 years of
combined experience as leaders and innovators in the field. The size of the
practice and diversity of expertise is reflected in its 10 specialty centers:
Skin Care and Age Management; Non-invasive and Surgical Facial Rejuvenation;
Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery; Facial Reanimation and Peripheral
Nerve Repair; Microsurgery and Hand Reconstruction; Breast and Body Cosmetic
Surgery; Burns and Complex Wound Management; Breast Reconstruction
Surgery; Post-Weight Loss Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery; and Migraine Treatment. For more
information about LIPSG, visit lipsg.com
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