Earlier this month, LIPSG was visited by the L’Oreal SkinCeuticals Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery. Through SkinCeuticals’ partnership with ReSurge International, the brand announced an initiative to technically train, professionally mentor, and develop first generation female surgeons in order to increase access to reconstructive surgical care in underserved parts of the world.

For people in developing countries who suffer from burn injuries or congenital conditions, a change in their appearance can change their lives, enabling them to fully participate in their communities, attend school, and provide for their families. Currently, 5 billion people worldwide lack access to this surgical care.

Today, there are only three female surgeons for every 1 million people in low income countries, often due to significant technical training or obstacles to gaining acceptance in their field. Through visiting education programs, leadership training, mentorship support, and funding and supplies, Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery will help female surgeons grow their knowledge and as a result, provide networks of reconstructive surgical care within their communities.

The women who visited LIPSG not only attended lectures from some of our physicians, but also joined us for our ReSurge International Benefit Concert which took place at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, NY. Their names and places of origin are as follows:

  • Dr. Tinga Nyoni- Zimbabwe
  • Dr. Fatima Adamo- Mozambique
  • Dr. Wone Banda- Malawi
  • Dr. Shikha Gupta- India
  • Dr. Ugyen Wangmo- Bhutan
  • Dr. Leeza Pradhan- Nepal

We were honored to meet these incredible, innovative women and can’t wait to see what advances this initiative brings to the plastic surgery field in their respective countries.

To learn more about our partnership with ReSurge International, visit our LIPSG Gives Back page.