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Long Island Plastic Surgical Group Gives Back

Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) was founded in 1948 with a dedication to compassionate and comprehensive patient care. LIPSG also has a strong commitment to and long history of utilizing the collective medical expertise of our surgeons to provide reconstructive surgical care to people who lack access and help those who are medically underserved.. Among many charitable endeavors, LIPSG is proud to partner with ReSurge International to provide life-changing medical care to patients suffering from grievous injuries, congenital conditions, and preventable disabilities.
Learn More About the History of LIPSG

About ReSurge International

Since 1969 ReSurge International has provided reconstructive surgical care and built surgical capacity in developing countries. Their approach to tackling the need for reconstructive care is multi-faceted. Not only do they organize surgeons to treat patients in need across the globe, they also train the surgical teams in the countries they serve and work to increase surgical access for future generations.

The LIPSG and ReSurge Partnership

Through partnership with ReSurge, our highly skilled surgeons travel to areas that are lacking in basic medical care or trained specialists. Once there, they can provide surgical care to restore function for patients who have been injured or born with defects that limit their mobility, basic capacity, or ability to work. In addition to helping people in a way that vastly improves their lives, our surgeons are also able to share their knowledge to train local medical staff. Learn more about our commitment to medical education both locally and worldwide.

In addition to our volunteer work with ReSurge, we have established The Dr. Vincent DiGregorio Fellowship Fund to provide financial support to this very worthwhile cause. The Fund honors the memory of former LIPSG surgeon Dr. Vincent DiGregorio and sustains his commitment to providing medical care and surgical training to populations in need. Learn more about Dr. DiGregorio and the fund.

Recently Dr. Thomas Davenport shared stories from his ReSurge trip to Dehradun India, showing the life-transforming work the physicians accomplish through ReSurge International.

Why Work in Developing Countries?

At Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, we are committed to taking an active role in our local communities throughout New York. We also recognize the great privilege we have in access to world-class hospitals, educational institutions, and medical resources, especially in contrast to the dire need for reconstructive surgeons in developing countries.

In areas of South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, the lack of available medical care is compounded by the fact that injuries such as burns and traffic accidents occur at much higher rates than in developed countries. Without access to reconstructive care, injuries or congenital anomalies that would easily be treated in the United States can become life-threatening in other areas of the world. We are honored to utilize our skills to provide life-saving surgical care and gratified to share our knowledge in order to train surgical staff abroad and bolster increased access to care where it is most needed.

You Can Help Change a Life


The team at LIPSG is devoted to helping others, but now we are asking for your help. ReSurge International is widely regarded as a highly efficient and upstanding organization, with 86% of the operation budget allocated directly to life-changing medical programs. Any and every contribution makes a difference to someone in need.

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The Dr. Vincent DiGregorio Fellowship Fund

Dr. Vincent DiGregorio was a respected and award-winning surgeon with Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. He used his skills as a surgeon and doctor far beyond the operating room. His humanitarian qualities complemented his professional skills and he often gave freely of his talents to support friends and others in need. His patients loved his care, honesty, and sense of humor. For many years, Dr. DiGregorio volunteered with ReSurge International to provide surgical care to people living in geographies where there were few surgeons and little or no access to treatment.

Through his volunteer work with ReSurge International, Dr. DiGregorio used his surgical expertise to treat patients in need, and to train local surgeons living in the developing world. He believed that by training the next generation of reconstructive surgeons, year-round access to affordable and safe surgical care was possible. Proceeds from the Dr. Vincent DiGregorio Fellowship Fund at ReSurge International will ensure that experienced reconstructive surgeons continue training people in some of the world’s poorest regions.

Dr. DiGregorio served his country as a surgeon on the front lines of combat in Vietnam between 1970 and 1971, where he worked to stabilize the lives of wounded soldiers while under fire at the U.S. Garrison at Khe Sanh.

Dr. DiGregorio at Nassau County Medical Center in the 1970’s.
A longtime educator, Dr. DiGregorio was actively involved in teaching at the Residency Program at Nassau University Medical Center, where he himself was once a resident.

Dr. DiGregorio and Dr. Laurence T. Glickman on a surgical mission in India in 2011.

Long Island Plastic Surgical Group’s Commitment to Education

One of the hallmarks of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group is our commitment to furthering the science and art of plastic surgery. Our team of doctors are skilled, experienced, and innovative plastic surgeons, and each is dedicated to passing their knowledge on to new generations of surgeons who will be the next leaders in the field. The Residency Program hosted by Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), administered by Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) and in collaboration with Stony Brook Medicine, has trained more than 125 residents and 33 burn fellows since 1954. Many of these physicians have grown into some of the most respected and skilled plastic surgeons in the nation. In addition, LIPSG continues to host regular patient education events, as well as the annual Long Island Breast Cancer Summit and the Institute for Hand Surgery’s annual Continuing Medical Education event.

Make A Donation

The Dr. Vincent DiGregorio Fellowship Fund at ReSurge International was established to honor Dr. DiGregorio and sustain his commitment to providing medical care and surgical training to populations in need.

  • $50 can provide one week of post-op antibiotics and other medications for a patient
  • $75 can cover the cost of anesthesia for one patient’s procedure
  • $150 can provide wound care kits for 15 patients
  • $350 can change one person’s life through a cleft palate or burn reconstruction surgery

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