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ReSurge International

ReSurge is committed to making reconstructive plastic surgery accessible for all.

aka Burn Rescue

Sunnyvale, CA

Mission

ReSurge’s mission is to provide reconstructive surgical care and build surgical capacity in developing countries.

Ruling Year

1973

President & CEO

Mr. Jeff Whisenant

Main Address

145 N. Wolfe Road

Sunnyvale, CA 94086 USA

Formerly Known As

Interplast

Keywords

reconstructive plastic surgery, surgical care, developing world, medical infrastructure, digital divide, medical volunteers, free reconstructive plastic surgery for needy children, cleft lip, cleft palate, burns, burn injuries, burn contractures, hand injuries, microtia, developing countries, humanitarian, birth defects, underserved, health care, poor, poverty, international, international development, medical training, capacity-building, education, technology, Asia, Latin America, Africa, South America, Central America, Nepal, Peru, NGO, disabilities, telemedicine, empowerment, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Honduras, Vietnam, Sri L

EIN

23-7297770

 Number

2010983744

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Surgery (G9B)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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Surgical Treatment for Children and Adults

Surgical Training for the Next Generation of Surgeons in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Surgical Mission Trips

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of clients served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Victims and oppressed people,

People with disabilities

Related program

Surgical Treatment for Children and Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

All programs are geared towards ensuring the availability of safe, timely, and affordable surgical care for our patients.

Number of people trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People of African descent,

People of Asian descent,

People of Latin American descent

Related program

Surgical Training for the Next Generation of Surgeons in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Trainees are identified and trained by ReSurge Academic Faculty, from leading medical schools. Through classroom, lab, and hands-on training, we teach local doctors the latest surgical skills.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People of African descent,

People of Asian descent,

People of Latin American descent

Related program

Surgical Training for the Next Generation of Surgeons in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

To build sustainable, long-term, and local capacity in the communities we serve, ReSurge doctors travel to our surgical sites and conduct workshops/conferences to teach a variety of skill areas.

Number of hours of training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People of African descent,

People of Asian descent,

People of Latin American descent

Related program

Surgical Training for the Next Generation of Surgeons in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

ReSurge's medical academic faculty and practicing medical volunteers donate their time and expertise to create comprehensive curriculum and/or provide hands-on training to teach local health workers.

Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People of African descent,

People of Asian descent,

People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Every year, we send volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, operating and recovery room nurses, and hand/physical therapists to treat and train people living the countries we serve.

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

ReSurge's mission is to provide free reconstructive surgery for people in developing countries to help strengthen surgical care worldwide. From its beginnings nearly fifty years ago, ReSurge International has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery, delivering an ever-expanding continuum of surgical care to people living in poverty and in remote regions of the world. ReSurge's overarching goal is to establish, develop, and maintain host-country medical care and education programs with the following objectives: • Provide education, training, and medical exchange • Provide safe and timely reconstructive surgical and ancillary care to patients living in poverty and rural areas

ReSurge builds surgical capacity and transforms lives through six program components: Surgical Care •International Medical Partners: These partners provide year-round reconstructive surgical care for patients who suffer from disabling conditions caused by accidents such as burn and road traffic accidents, congenital conditions, such as cleft lip and palate, and cancers. Our growing cadre of international medical partners now perform approximately 88 percent of our surgeries. •Surgical MissionTrips: Surgical mission trips send dedicated medical volunteers to the countries we serve to evaluate new sites, and provide surgical and ancillary care in locations where the need and caseload are overwhelming. ReSurge Global Training Program The ReSurge Global Training Program reflects our commitment to sustainability in providing reconstructive surgical care to the world’s poor. ReSurge has partnered with academic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, nurses, and therapists—experts in their field and in teaching—who serve as Visiting Educators in our host countries. Additionally, we have developed a telementoring program in anesthesia, which uses technology to connect developing country anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists and anesthesia technicians with colleagues in the US to receive case-based training and guidance.

Founded in 1969 with Stanford University roots, ReSurge International is known for its delivery of the highest-quality surgical care and building surgical capacity in some of the most underserved areas of the world. ReSurge's staff collectively has more than 100 years of experience in nonprofit management and international development. The organization operates under a strategic plan framework, is governed by a strong board of directors and is monitored quarterly for effectiveness and financial efficiency. To ensure safe and effective surgical care, ReSurge also carefully vets each of our providers and has strict surgical protocols and policies, developed by our medical specialty committees; more than 123,000 safe surgeries have been provided thus far. Our training programs have already produced leading reconstructive surgeons in developing countries -- who in turn have created the first residency programs in their countries, exponentially increasing access to the poor. Led by Dr. Jim Chang, ReSurge CMO and chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford, more than 75 top academics serve on our training faculty, developing critical curriculum and hands-on training so that trainees progress in their mastery of essential surgical skills.

ReSurge is committed to ensuring that our programs are of the highest quality. The organization sets annual objectives (qualitative and quantitative), which are evaluated quarterly by the board, staff and medical committees. In order to monitor the performance and effectiveness of our programs, and to improve the delivery of future projects, we include monitoring and evaluation components into program planning and delivery, conducting evaluations by both internal teams and external independent consultants. For all surgeries, the cases are uploaded and reviewed for safety and quality by ReSurge's medical officer and a panel of surgical experts. ReSurge also is a vetted member of InterAction and complies with its rigorous industry standards for international development.

ReSurge has accomplished much since its founding in 1969. To date, the organization's surgical volunteers and partners have performed more than 123,000 surgeries for children and adults suffering from congenital deformities or disabling injuries. The organization has also built surgical capacity in more than a dozen countries, trained thousands of medical professionals, and empowered local surgeons and medical professionals to make a commitment to serving the poor in their countries and communities. Additionally, as a member of the G4 Alliance, a group whose member organizations are dedicated to building political priority for surgical, obstetric, trauma and anaesthesia care as part of the global development agenda, ReSurge has played an integral role in increasing awareness of the need for and impact of surgery in low and middle-income countries. There is still much more to be accomplished. In April 2015, the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery released the results of a study showing that 5 billion people around the world lack access to surgery and urged global leaders to invest in capacity. ReSurge is working strategically and collaboratively to address this need as it relates to reconstructive plastic surgery.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

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