Community Service and Volunteer Activities
Congratulations to the following ASAPS members who have earned the Certificate of Special Recognition for Community Service and Volunteerism.
Mark D. Ball, MD: Redding, CA
Dr. Ball has been an active member of the Redding Rotary Club for three years. He has raised money for the Rotary Club as a member of the Fund Raising Committee, and has donated to and worked at the organization's garage sale. Dr. Ball is also a member of the Keyway Committee, and has been a member of the Environmental Committee for the past year. He participated in the Salt Creek Litter Pick-up and the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area trash clean-up.
Richard A. Baxter, MD: Mountlake Terrace, WA
Dr. Baxter has been involved for several years in the Seattle area arts charities including procurement for PONCHO (Patrons of Northwest Charitable Organizations). Currently he is the co-chair of the capital campaign for restoration of an historic performing arts building and is also a public member of the Washington News Council. He is on the committee for the annual Washington Wines Festival, an auction that raises money for farm-workers' clinics.
Davis L. Bronson, MD: La Mesa, CA
Dr. Bronson has been an active participant of Interface-UCSD for the past 21 years. He volunteers in Mexico, providing his surgical services to patients with birth defects and other reconstructive problems.
Donald M. Brown, MD: San Francisco, CA
For the past 8 years, Dr. Brown has been a board member of the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). He has served as Treasurer of the board of the ASPCA for the past 2 years.
C. Dennis Bucko, MD: La Jolla, CA
Dr. Bucko is a longstanding member of Rotary International, serving on the International Service Committee since 1989 and the Board of Directors from 1997-1999. He also volunteers with the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team and the Southwest Medical Team, participating in Missions to Mexico to perform cleft lip and palate correction surgeries.
Edmond B. Cabbabe, MD: St. Louis, MO
For many years Dr. Cabbabe participated in Blue Cross/ Blue Shield's Caring for Children. He volunteers his services for the treatment of children referred by the Palestine Children's Relief Fund. In 1995, he started the "Stop Violence Before It Starts" campaign in St. Louis and continues to the present time to volunteer services to this organization. Dr. Cabbabe has raised funds to pay for laser rental for gang tattoo removal. He removes tattoos on rehabilitated gang members at no cost to them or to St. Louis institutions; this service is restricted to teens referred by charitable and governmental agencies. Dr. Cabbabe is involved in mentoring activities with medical students and residents and also voluntary services with medical organizations.
Athleo L. Cambre, MD: Beverly Hills, CA
Dr. Cambre is involved in several community service activities. Since 1992 he has been on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. For seven years he has served on the Board of Directors of the West Los Angeles Little League, and for eight years he has coached the boys' baseball and girls' softball teams. He has also coached soccer since 1996. He has been participating in the Career Day Speakers program of Loyola High School since 1992.
Asher B. Carey, III, MD: Dover, DE
In 2001, Dr. Carey served on the Board of Directors for the Dover Art League. He participated in fundraising and in other efforts for the advancement of art in Kent County.
Stephen A. Chidyllo, MD: Eatontown, NJ
Over the last 4 years, Dr. Chidyllo has served as an Eagle Scout Sponsor in the field of Medicine and on multiple committees within the Boy Scouts of America, New Jersey Monmouth Council. He is an active committee member of the annual Gathering of Eagles Dinner where he assists in the selection process of the Marshall W. Erickson Distinguished Eagle Scout Award as well as the Monmouth Council Friend of Eagles Award. As a volunteer at the annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner, Dr. Chidyllo pairs with and becomes a career sponsor of Eagle Scouts interested in the medical field. He invites these Scouts to visit his office to experience the requirements of being a professional in the medical field.
Robert L. Clement, MD: Austin, TX
Dr. Clement has participated in the Austin Smiles program, and Safe Place (abused women and children) program, and he volunteers at the Breast Resource Center.
Francis J. Collini, MD: Shavertown, PA
Dr. Collini has volunteered his time and talents to the Hands Healing Hearts Organization for one week in August each year from 1994-2000 and two weeks in July and August of 2001 in Guayaquil, Loja and Quito, Ecuador. He performs pediatric plastic surgery to repair cleft lips, palates, burns, microtia, scars, and other congenital and traumatic deformities.
Stephane Corriveau, MD: Chevy Chase, MD
Dr. Corriveau volunteers with the Operation Smile Domestic Program. He evaluated and operated on three children with ear deformities at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, and followed up on their cases in his office. He coached a first grade soccer team, and also plans to coach for Montgomery Soccer. He was a judge of a swimming competition at a local pool for the Montgomery County Swimming Association.
Kenneth D. Corwin, MD: St. Louis, MO
Dr. Corwin was a participant in the 2002 European AIDS Vaccine Ride, raising nearly $11,000 in donations. The donations benefited the Aaron Diamond Research Center, the UCLA AIDS Institute, and the Emory Vaccine Center.
Trancredi F. D'Amore, MD: Greenbrae, CA
Since 1997, Dr. D'Amore has directly donated to two charitable organizations all fees collected from cosmetic surgery consultations. He participated in Medical Missions to Argentina and Chile in 1998 and 1999 with Rotaplast.
Glenn M. Davis, MD: Raleigh, NC
For the past year, Dr. Davis has been the Acolyte Coordinator for Christ Church in Raleigh, training and scheduling acolytes for church services. He volunteers his time with the Boy Scouts of America as Vice President for Program of the Occoneechee Council, and Assistant Course Director of Woodbadge Training. He is the Chair of the Council of State & Regional Plastic Surgery Societies. Under Project Access, sponsored by the Wake County Medical Society, Dr. Davis provides medical care to the working poor.
Thomas S. Davis, MD: Hershey, PA
Dr. Davis is presently on the Board of Trustees at Dickinson College. He has been on the Advisory Board of the Hershey Theatre for five years, of the Hershey Museum for six years and the Derry Township Historical Society for two years. He has held numerous offices for the Hershey Rotary Club. He is also on the Planning Committee for the Hershey Centennial Celebration taking place in 2003. In the summer of 2002, he was the Chairman of The Friends of Hershey Foods, representing community response opposing the proposed sale of Hershey Foods. For the past 10 years, Dr. Davis has volunteered his time at the Penn State Family Medicine Facility, teaching residents how to sew and attend to wound care.
Joseph B. Delozier, III, MD: Nashville, TN
Dr. Delozier has been a mentor for the senior college students at the local university. The students meet with Dr. Delozier daily, and accompany him in the operating room.
Edward J. Domanskis, MD: Newport Beach, CA
Dr. Domanskis has volunteered his services for the "Lithuanian Children's Hope," consulting on patients from Lithuania with burns and other disfigurements. He has traveled to Lithuania to operate on patients with the same afflictions.
Marc Alan Drimmer, MD: Princeton, NJ
Since 1983, Dr. Drimmer has been a volunteer and advisor to the American Cancer Society. He has been a member of the Board of Managers of the Mercer County Unit since 1984, serving as Vice President from 1998 - 2000, as President from 2000 - 2002 and Honoree for the year 2001. He was a member of the First Breast Advisory Council at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. In 1987, Dr. Drimmer founded the Princeton Breast Institute, a non-profit organization for the dissemination of information and the expedition of referrals for appropriate care for women with breast problems. He continues to participate in research studies for the development of prostheses and surgical implements to improve the techniques and final results of breast reconstruction.
Alexander H. Ellenberg, MD: San Jose, CA
Dr. Ellenberg has worked with many community organizations including the San Jose Museum of Art, Art in Public Places, the Jewish Federation, the Jewish Community Relations Council, the Rotary Club, the College of Letters and Science of the University of California at Berkeley, Rotaplast, and the United Jewish Appeal. He has also volunteered for many political candidates.
William J. Fisher, MD: Westlake Village, CA
Dr. Fisher assists ex-gang members who are trying to change their lives at the Casa Esperanza "House of Hope." He performs laser tattoo removal every ten weeks. His patients from the "House of Hope" are required to give back to their community by doing eight hours of community service per session.
Gustavo E. Galante, MD: Munster, IN
Dr. Galante has been a Board member of the NW Indiana Jewish Federation from 2000 to the present. For the past two years he has been Campaign Director of Fund Raising for the Federation. He has been a Board member of the Northern Indiana Arts Association throughout 2002. He was also a Rotary member in Hammond, Indiana during 1994-1997. He is involved in coaching baseball and softball. In 2002, he coached the Championship Baseball Team, consisting of 7-8 year olds playing for Munster, IN.
Douglas L. Gervais, MD: Minneapolis, MN
Since October 2000, Dr. Gervais has participated in the "Getting Out" program, offering girls and boys of the Twin Cities laser tattoo removal. He spends approximately 2-3 hours every 4-6 weeks removing the tattoos on young boys and girls at the East Side St. Paul Club. Dr. Gervais recently accepted a position on the St. Paul Club's Board of Directors to help with administration and fund raising. He also participates on the Board of Governors of the Children's Theater Company as an administrator and in a fundraising capacity.
Robert H. Gilman, MD: Wellesley Hills, MA
Dr. Gilman has volunteered his time and services to Healing the Children - Northeast Chapter. He has made several surgical missions to Cartegena, as both a staff surgeon and a team leader. He performed approximately 30 surgeries on each mission including cleft lip and palate repairs, hand surgery and burn reconstruction.
Paul M. Heath, MD: St. Cloud, MN
Dr. Heath was one of the founders of the volunteer group Helps International, which started surgical medical trips to Guatemala in 1988. He has gone back every year since that time, usually for 10-14 days, to perform hundreds of plastic reconstructive surgeries. Under Dr. Heath's guidance, this program has grown from one local group of seven medical personnel to multiple groups of 60+ persons from all over the country.
Todd S. Hewell, III, MD: St. Charles, IL
Dr. Hewell is on the Board of Directors of the Delnor Community Health System & Hospital and the Delnor Community Health Care Foundation.
Karl B. Hiatt, MD: Mesa, AZ
Since 1999, Dr. Hiatt has spent more than 35 hours a year working as a volunteer for the Mesa Gang Intervention Project (also known as Take Action to Succeed) removing gang and gang-related tattoos from ex-gang members who are trying to rehabilitate themselves back into society.
Gunther Hintz, MD: Honolulu, HI
Dr. Hintz is the President of Medicorps, an organization dedicated to the plight of needy patients in developing countries. In this capacity, he has organized charitable medical missions to the South Pacific, Asia and Africa. These missions are instrumental in educating and training care providers, teaching medical and surgical techniques, and performing surgeries on those requiring it, whether from birth defects, injuries or disease. Dr. Hintz founded this organization in 1984 and has volunteered his services since then in order to "make the world a healthier and better place for all."
Blayne L. Hirsche, MD: Provo, UT
Dr. Hirsche volunteers his time and talents to the Hirsche Smiles Foundation. This foundation is a non-profit organization that provides medical assistance and humanitarian aid to under-privileged children who do not have access to medical services or health education. They have organized over 500 surgeries since 1993. Dr. Hirsche and the foundation team have performed 65 surgeries on under-privileged children in Guatemala.
P. Craig Hobar, MD: Dallas, TX
Dr. Hobar established and chairs the non-profit organization LEAP, an organization that is dedicated to repair defects, primarily cleft lip and palate, in needy patients in many third world countries. In the last two years he directed and participated in multiple trips to the Dominican Republic, Belize and Mexico. Working with volunteer groups such as The Peace Corps, LEAP seeks to identify people in outlying areas in need of reconstructive surgery.
Paul S. Howard, MD: Birmingham, AL
Dr. Howard founded a non-profit organization called the NewFace Foundation in 1994. He began this foundation when he discovered a large gap in the lack of medical care for underprivileged children born with facial deformities. He spends countless hours raising money for this foundation.
Thomas J. Hubbard, MD: Virginia Beach, VA
Dr. Hubbard is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, Medical Supply Rescue and Recycle, which collects excess surgical supplies and used equipment from area hospitals to send to Africa, Central America, and South America. The U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone recognized him in 1998 for his work in donating supplies to the area. He has performed reconstructive surgery on an ongoing basis for Operation Smile, Operation Blessing and the Christian Medical Society in South America, Central America, the Philippines, Central Asia, and the Caribbean.
William T. Hyland, MD: Boston, MA
Dr. Hyland has been volunteering with Healing the Children, performing surgery on children, mainly with cleft lip and palates. Most missions were spent in Colombia and Cartagena, but he has also volunteered his services in Guatemala. Dr. Hyland is an instructor in plastic surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess for the plastic surgery fellows and has also been the team leader volunteer.
Nicanor G. Isse, MD: Newport Beach, CA
The County of Los Angeles had recognized Dr. Isse on several occasions for his voluntary service and commitment to the youth of the community. He received a commendation from the Celebration of Friends, Chaplain's Eagles, Inc. for working with the detained youth of the Los Angeles County Probation Deptartment, promoting self-esteem, and encouraging adolescents to grow, learn and excel. He was voted Volunteer of the Year of the County of Los Angeles Probation Department. He was recognized for his dedication to youth through the "Power of Two" program. He also removes tattoos from the youngsters at Camp Karl Holton of the L.A. Probation Dept.
William H. Jervis, Jr., MD: Walnut Creek, CA
Dr. Jervis has made ten trips to Guatemala with LaFamilia Foundation as a team leader. He serves on the Board of Directors of the foundation and donates storage space in the form of a commercial storage facility. Dr. Jervis donates supplies and equipment to both LaFamilia and the Children's Network International. Dr. Jervis also made one trip to the Philippine Islands while serving with Operation Rainbow.
Mark Jewell, MD: Eugene, OR
Dr. Jewell participates in a fundraising program to build a new library in Eugene, Oregon. He donates time to the "Volunteers in Medicine Clinic." He is involved in several educational activities including a Mentorship Program at the University of Oregon, teaching in community schools and instructional courses and the Resident Forum of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
Roxanne Johnson-Giebink, MD: Rockledge, FL
In 1982, Dr. Johnson-Giebink organized the Cleft lip and Palate Clinic of East Central Florida. She has continued as its Director to the present time. She contributes approximately 4 hours each month to the clinic, and approximately 40-50 surgical hours annually to clinic patients. From 1999 to 2000, she was a board member of The United Way.
Mark Krugman, MD: Santa Ana, CA
Dr. Krugman has served as president of the Orange County Foundation of Medical Care Board of Directors for the past six years.
James M. Kurley, MD: Champaign, IL
Dr. Kurley is an active member of St. Matthew Catholic Church and has served as rector for many years. Dr. Kurley has put in over 1000 hours of coaching experience into St. Matthew's School. He has been involved in Boy Scouting for over eight years, currently serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 101. In 2002, he held a District position for Prairielands Council, and he actively participates in outdoor Scouting activities, including a 65-mile backpacking trek across Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
David J. Lange, MD: Florham Park, NJ
Dr. Lange has volunteered his services to Healing the Children. He made several trips with this organization, including El Salvador in 1993, Bosnia in 1997, Panama in 2000 and Guatemala in 2001. He also went to Jamaica in January 2002 with Health Care International. He is active in the Morris County Area Soccer Association and has been both coach and assistant coach during the years of 1999-2002. In 2000, he was the coach of the Mendham Little League girls' softball team.
Sheldon M. Lincenberg, MD: Decatur, GA
Since 1995, Dr. Lincenberg has participated in Kidejapa, an annual week-long surgical mission to Ecuador. Dr. Lincenberg and his team correct birth defects, such as cleft lips and palates, abnormal facial features, and fused fingers. Dr. Lincenberg has also worked with Pink Ribbons since 1995. Pink Ribbons is an annual breast cancer fund raising luncheon and fashion show benefiting the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition.
William E. LoVerme, MD: Wellesley, MA
Dr. LoVerme is a Medical Trip Member of Healing the Children. Since 1992, he has participated in eight trips to El Salvador, and one to Ecuador, and he is going to Thailand in October 2002. Each trip lasts over a week and Dr. LoVerme has personally operated on over 200 children in foreign countries during this ongoing ten-year endeavor.
Lee J. Malan, MD: Ogden, UT
Since 1974, Dr. Malan has been a "Lay Minister" for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, the Trapper Trails Council Commissioner, the Preceptorship Office for German graduating physicians, the University of Utah Porter Clinic Family Practice, and the Weber County Education Foundation.
James Matas, MD: Orlando , FL
Dr. Matas has served as a Director of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons from 2003-2004. He has also chaired the Patient Safety Task Force, investigating office surgery deaths in Florida , and then reporting his findings to the Florida Board of Medicine.
Roland T. Minami, MD: Greenbrae, CA
For the last ten years, Dr. Minami has been passing on the income from all cosmetic surgery consultations to charity. He has participated in several voluntary missions to less fortunate countries through Interplast and Rotoplast.
Douglas M. Monasebian, MD: New York, NY
In 2002, Dr. Monasebian founded New York Heals, an organization that provides complimentary reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic abuse in the New York City area, and he is affiliated with New York Walks to End Domestic Violence. In October 2002, Dr. Monasebian began volunteering with the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), lecturing and providing support information. He also provides surgical services to victims of animal bites in the New York City area.
John C. Munna, MD: Atlanta, GA
Dr. Munna has served as the Italian Consul for the states of Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. During his monthly trips to Florence, Italy he aids the Italian Consulate.
E. Anthony Musarra, II, MD: Marietta, GA
In 2000, Dr. Musarra participated in a medical mission trip to Coban, Guatemala, sponsored by Helping Hands Wellness Outreach Foundation. During that mission he volunteered his services repairing mostly cuts and burns. In 2001, he participated in a medical mission trip to Maracaibo, Venezuela, sponsored by Rotaplast International, where he performed corrective surgery on indigent children with birth defects such as cleft lip and palate.
Eid B. Mustafa, MD: Wichita Falls, TX
As a member of the Medical Committee of American Near East Refugee Aid, Dr. Mustafa is active in fundraising and soliciting medical supplies for the needy. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Physicians for Peace, has served as team leader and volunteered on 15 missions to the West Bank, Gaza and Eretria since 1988. He is a member of the RSVP Board of PSEF representing Physicians for Peace. Dr. Mustafa is a member of the Wichita Falls Downtown Rotary Club and also of TMA Political Action Committee. He is Vice Chair of the North Texas Medical Foundation.
Keith Louis Anthony Mutimer, MD: Australia
Since 2001, Dr. Mutimer has been the Coordinator of Plastic Surgery Voluntary Services to Sri Lanka. He has volunteered his services teaching plastic surgery to Sri Lankan plastic surgeons and has been a member of Interplast Australia since 1983.
James M. Nachbar, MD: Scottsdale, AZ
Since 1996, Dr. Nachbar has participated in the X-Tattoo program operated by the City of Phoenix, performing laser treatments to remove tattoos from ex-gang members. In January and July of 2003, Dr. Nachbar participated in week-long surgical missions to Nicaragua operate by Amigos de Salud.
Fredric Newman, MD: Darien, CT
Dr. Newman was the Head Coach for both a 4th Grade Girls' Basketball Team and a 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team from December 2001-March 2002, donating more than 30 hours weekly for each.
Larry S. Nichter, MD: Huntington Beach, CA
Dr. Nichter is the president and founder of the Plasticos Foundation. He has also been on 31 separate volunteer traveling missions for Interplast and the Reconstructive Surgery Foundation. He regularly performs free pediatric plastic surgery for SOS centers. He serves on the cleft palate and craniofacial panels at Children's Hospital Orange County, Long Beach Memorial and Millers Children's Hospital. He also serves as voluntary Clerical Professor of Plastic Surgery at University of Southern California.
Steven B. Norwitz, MD: Shrewsbury, NJ
Since 1986, Dr. Norwitz has organized and led medical teams on ten trips to a small village in Guatemala (Nuevo Progreso) to perform volunteer surgery on children with cleft lips and palate deformities. His team will return again in February 2004.
Dae-Hwan Park, MD: Taegu, Korea
Dr. Park has volunteered more than four hours every month for the past 20 years at the YMCA in Taegu, Korea. His work has involved movement for a clear government, bulldozing a green city, green transportation campaign, developing culture, helping education reform, reformation of citizens' daily lives, and the liberation and national reunification campaign.
Michael G. Parker, MD: Akron, OH
Dr. Parker has been on the Volunteer Faculty of the City Hospital Plastic Surgery Resident Program. He has also been on the Volunteer Faculty of North East Ohio University College of Medicine (NEOUCOM). He made several trips with the Operation Rainbow Missions to provide services for the treatment of cleft lip and palate deformities. He became a member of the Revere Baseball/Softball Association in 2002. He has been on the Physician Advisory Panel for the Republican National Party during 2001-2002. From 1986 to the present, he has participated in voluntary service to the Akron Craniofacial Center.
Arthur W. Perry, MD: Franklin Park, NJ
Dr. Perry has been a member of the New Jersey State Board of Medical Examiners since November 1995, being appointed twice by then Governor Christie Whitman. In July 2002 he was elected Treasurer of the Board and an executive committee member. He spends approximately 40 hours each month on activities in areas of concern to plastic surgeons such as standards for office surgery, lasers, sterilization, and advertising.
Luis Picard-Ami, Jr., MD: Miami, FL
Dr. Picard-Ami has participated in three missions with Operation Smile International/Panama, each totaling 3-5 days. He dedicates two hours a week to the Rotary Club. He is also a volunteer for Healing the Children (Fundacion Pro-Impedidos Panama).
Bradford T. Prescott, MD: Walnut Creek, CA
Dr. Prescott has been an active member of the Rotary Club of Concord since 1992, performing multiple services, donating 75 hours of his time last year. He is also a Patron Member of the Boy Scouts of America. He was Den Leader in 2001 of Cub Scout Troop 215, Walnut Creek, CA.
Alan S. Rapperport, MD: South Miami, FL
Dr. Rapperport received certification for participating in the educational activity entitled PLASTIC SURGERY GRAND ROUNDS AND CLINICS from 8/1/01-6/19/02 at The University of Miami School of Medicine, and he was awarded 36 hours of Category 1 Credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award.
Luis M. Rios, Jr., MD: Edinburg, TX
Dr. Rios serves his community in several ways. This past summer, he was the head coach for T-Ball with the Boys and Girls Club. Currently he is the coach of two teams; the McAllen Youth Soccer Association and the Tiger Cub Den Leader. He serves as the coordinator for the Harvard College interviews.
Ralph M. Rosato, MD: Vero Beach, FL
Dr. Rosato volunteers 40 hours a month at the Sunrise Vero Beach Rotary Club. He is a board member of the Children's Home Society and donates eight hours a month to this cause. He dedicates four hours of service a month to the 100 Club, which provides support for families of fallen firefighters and law enforcement officers of Indian River County.
Ernesto Ruas, MD: Tampa , FL
Dr. Ruas has taken numerous missionary trips to Honduras with Interplast south. During these trips, he has provided cleft lip and cleft palate repairs to hundreds of children. In addition, he has brought several of these children, with more complex craniofacial anomalies to the United States to be surgically treated at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg , FL. In addition to donating his own services, Dr. Ruas has invited his colleagues in other specialties to donate their services as well.
Renato Saltz, MD: Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Saltz is the founder and president of the Image Reborn Foundation that deals with the issue of life beyond breast cancer.
George Sanders, MD: Encino, CA
Dr. Sanders has been an elder at Grace Community Church of Sun Valley, (CA) for the past eight years. He contributes much of his time and efforts to members of the congregation in ongoing church activities including, but not limited to, leadership development of men and women for future responsibilities, and teaching families how to love and respect one another.
Gordon H. Sasaki, MD: Pasadena, CA
Dr. Sasaki is the president of the Japanese American Medical Association (JAMA), serving from 1999-2003. He was the organizer and fundraiser for the JAMA Student Scholarship Fund, and also the organizer for the annual picnic for JAMA and Fellows and Families of Japan. He has served on the Professional Advisory Board for the Wellness Cancer Community. He has been the organizer of the Annual Medical Evaluation of Atom Bomb survivors living in Japan and California. He is presently the organizer for major funding from the California Civil Liberties Public Education Program to produce a book Silent Scars in Healing Hands. In 2001, he was the Honorary Chairman of the 1st Cherry Blossom Festival in Pasadena, California.
S. Larry Schlesinger, MD: Kahului, HI
Dr. Schlesinger has been on the Board of the Hawaii Medical Association's Committee on Physician's Health since 1991. He has helped physicians suffering from drug or alcohol abuse. He sponsors a weekly Alcoholic Anonymous meeting for physicians in his Maui office and donates the use of his Oahu clinic for a similar weekly meeting for Oahu physicians. He helped establish the "Maui Drug Court" which enables substance abusers to get into recovery and out of prison. He hired three recovering individuals who could not obtain a position in the medical community on Maui, while mentoring and supporting them in their recovery. In 1992, Dr. Schlesinger aided the Maui Salvation Army by forming the Clinic for the Homeless, which to this day provides services for the homeless and low-income families on Maui. Dr. and Mrs. Schlesinger privately support several community causes on Maui.
Gerhard H. Schmidt, MD: Bakersfield, CA
Dr. Schmidt has participated in many medical missions to remote parts of Guatemala under the auspices of Helps International. He also volunteers with the Probation Department of Kern County removing tattoos.
Joel B. Singer MD: Westport, CT
For the past seven years, Dr. Singer has led medical missions on behalf of Healing the Children, N.E. He went on two missions to Tunja, Columbia, South America. He also went on seven missions to China, including Ninth People's Hospital, (Shanghai,) Hojie City Hospital, Dong Gwan Hospital and Guanxi University Hospital, (Nannioj). He has performed various surgeries, including cleft palate, burn scar reconstructions, and he has lectured and taught.
Randolph R. Smith, MD: Augusta, GA
Dr. Smith served as president of the Exchange Club of Augusta, GA. He is also the Senior Warden at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at University Health System, Trustee of Clemson University Foundation and Chairman of the Investment Committee, and serves as Director of both Walton Way Indemnity, Inc., and the Captive Insurance Company of University Hospital. He also volunteered his medical services in Nowysacz, Poland and Tocola, Honduras. Dr. Smith is also Director of the United Way in Augusta, GA.
Rick J. Smith, MD: East Lansing, MI
Dr. Smith went to Guatemala with the Rush Craniofacial Center in Chicago, (IL) and was one of the plastic reconstructive surgeons who performed surgeries on children with craniofacial deformities (30 cases). He also taught residents and attending plastic surgeons.
Guy M. Stofman, MD: Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Stofman is the Assistant Head Coach of the Morningside Termite Youth Football Team.
John O. Strong, MD: Borrego Springs, CA
Dr. Strong has volunteered at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park since 1994, both in the visitors' center and in the park research program in paleontology. To date, he has totaled over 2200 hours in this activity.
Howard N. Tepper, MD: Westfield, NJ
Dr. Tepper has been a board member of the United Jewish Communities of Metrowest since 1995, and will continue through 2003. This is the governing board of the community charitable organization. From 2000 to 2003 he is serving as Missions Chair, organizing and leading fund-raising educational trips to Israel. As a member of the Israel and Overseas Committee (2001-2003) he oversees the allocation of funds raised for social service projects. As a member of the Major Gifts Committee (2001-2003) he fundraises for local and international social service projects for United Jewish Communities. Dr. Tepper dedicates over 75 hours per year to these activities.
H. Robert Thering, MD: El Paso, TX
Dr. Thering is the Medical Director of the Border Children's Facial Anomaly Clinic in El Paso, Texas. He has dedicated himself to "putting the children first." He volunteers two evenings a month, along with his team, evaluating, directing and making sure that the children receive total care. Additional hours are spent to ensure the children have received proper treatment.
Dennis P. Thompson , MD: Santa Monica, CA Dr. Thompson is on the Board of Directors of Physicians for HIV Control and contributed his time towards this cause. He was a volunteer physician for the Avon 3 Day Breast Cancer 60 Mile Walk. Dr. Thompson was a volunteer physician for the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles treating 5 patients during 2002, including a radical resection of a malignant melanoma.
Benson Ellison Lane Timmons, MD: Gastonia, NC
Dr. Timmons participated in the Mission Trip in Plastic & General Surgery with the United Methodist Volunteers. He also volunteered for the "Run From The Sun" event at the Local Skin Screening Clinic of Gaston Memorial Hospital.
Benjamin A. Van Raalte, MD: Davenport, IL
In the last 12 months, Dr. Van Raalte has volunteered over 300 hours with the local Boy Scouts of America troops. He has been instrumental in fundraising as well as serving on the Executive Board, National Jamboree Committee, and as Health & Safety Committee Chair. He has also has served as Camp Doctor.
Thomas R. Vecchione, MD: San Diego, CA
Dr. Vecchione is the Director of both the C.O.A.D. Surgical Gifts to Children program, as well as of the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team. He has performed surgery on indigent children at Children's Hospital every Wednesday for eight years. Between these three programs, Dr. Vecchione has performed a total of 1250 free surgical cases. He makes two trips a year for the Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (one week each trip) and donates time to one Mercy Outreach Surgical Team "Mercy Day" at Mercy Hospital.
Luis Vinas, MD: Palm Springs, FL
Dr. Vinas volunteers with the "Light of the World Charities" which organizes trips to South and Central America to perform reconstructive surgery on children and adults. He operates on an average of 40 patients per trip. His trips have taken him to Lambayeque, Peru and La Paz, Honduras. He volunteered his time for several activities while on the Board of Directors at the Boynton Beach YMCA. He has also provided services for The Children's Clinic in West Palm Beach.
M. Dean Vistnes, MD: Palo Alto, CA
For the last two years, Dr. Vistnes has volunteered as a tactical physician with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. He trains monthly with both organizations and provides on-scene medical support for high-risk operations.
John M. Weeter, MD: Louisville, KY
Dr. Weeter was Team Leader for Interplast in Guayaquil numerous times. Since 1984, he has been a member of Sister Cities International. He did pro bono burn reconstruction of an Ecuadorian girl in Louisville, KY. Since 1990, he has been a member of the International Medical Committee of Jefferson County Medical Society and of Sister Cities International. Dr. Weeter was a visiting Professor in La Plata, Argentina in 1994. This year he was part of the Children's Aid Mission International (Guatemala), performing surgery on cleft lip and palates.
Michael R. Whetstone, MD: Irving, TX
Dr. Whetstone is a board member of the Irving Mammogram Foundation, which is a charity for free mammograms and breast care. He provides free medical service for the Irving Women's Battered Wife Shelter. He is a volunteer at the YMCA, Irving Symphony League, Irving Boys Athletic League and the Las Colinas Fellowship Church. He gives medical lectures at numerous Junior High and High Schools, and provides free physicals for the High School Athletic Program. He also participates in Operation Rainbow.
Curtis S.F. Wong, MD: Redding, CA
Dr. Wong has been providing tattoo removal for teenagers since 1997. This service is provided free. Many recipients come from Crystal Creek Boy's Camp. This service has been provided monthly and consumes four hours on every fourth Friday.
Ronald G. Worland, MD: Medford, OR
Dr. Worland has been making a trip to Oaxaca, Mexico every November for the last 11 years, under the auspices of the Northwest Medical Team. He performs 25-38 free operations annually. He also serves as the president of the Medford Regional Rotary Foundation for administration of college scholarships.
James A. Yates, MD: Camp Hill, PA
For 12 years, the last five as president, Dr. Yates has served as an elected council member for his community borough, Lemoyne (PA). He has been Police Commissioner for the West Shore Regional Police Department for the last six years and additionally is a member of the Board for the West Shore Bureau of Fire for the last seven years.
Paul C. Zwiebel, MD: Littleton, CO
Dr. Zwiebel initiated a Gang Tattoo Program in connection with the Denver Mayor's Gang Coalition. Since 1995, he has been contributing 30 to 40 hours a year, performing laser removal of tattoos from rehabilitating gang members. He treats an average of 18 members monthly who "pay" for the removal by performing community service.