Cincinnati--On Friday, Jan. 19, Kevin P. Yakuboff, MD, associate
professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC) Department of Plastic
and Reconstructive Surgery, will lead a volunteer medical team of
surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and pediatricians to the
Philippines. Interplast, Inc., a nonprofit organization, will sponsor
the team to provide free reconstructive surgery for children.
Interplast was established in 1969 to send medical volunteer teams
around the world to treat children with congenital deformities such as
cleft lip and/or cleft palate, or those who have suffered severe burns
or other crippling injuries.
Without the help of these medical
volunteers, many children with these deformities are unable to eat or
speak normally. These conditions sometimes cause the victims to be
shunned by their communities with little hope of living a normal life.
1991, Yakuboff, who is also chief of plastic surgery at the Shriners
Hospital of Cincinnati, has led such teams to the Philippines. Last
year, David Billmire, MD, associate professor of surgery at UC and
chief of pediatric plastic surgery at Children's Hospital Medical
Center (CHMC) and his wife Elaine Billmire, MD, who is also a
pediatrician, joined the team to Bago, Philippines, where it performed
68 surgeries in 10 days. The Billmires will help Yakuboff lead this
year's medical team of volunteers to Bago.
The uniqueness of this
team is that all volunteers are pediatric specialists from Shriners and
Children's Hospitals and/or the UC College of Medicine. Other members
volunteering for the January trip include: CHMC anesthesiologists David
Ness, MD, and Anna Vaughese, MD; nurses Carolyn Parker, RN, Susan Bugg,
RN, Kelly Cross, RN, and Sue Lloyd, RN. For more information about this medical volunteer effort, call Johnna Coakley at (513) 558-4363.