Surgeons Go Global

Dr. Vijay Trisal Dr. Vijay Trisal, center, volunteers with fellow surgeons in Antigua, Guatemala
Vijay Trisal, M.D., M.B.A.
Learning about what’s really important
Chief Medical Officer Vijay Trisal, M.D., knows even short-term mission trips can have a huge impact on people in need of medical attention in underserved countries. Trisal travels to India, Santo Domingo and Guatemala, where he performs life-saving surgeries on adults and children. But, to him, these trips are just as beneficial, or sometimes even more so, for him and his team. “You really learn how much you can do with very little,” said Trisal. “You realize how happy people are with very little, how the poorer you are the more you give, and you learn what’s really important.”
 
Dr. Yuman Fong Dr. Yuman Fong receives an honorary degree at the King Georges Medical University conferred by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh in Lucknow India
Yuman Fong, M.D.
Globetrotting surgeon on a mission

From Cuba to Calcutta, across Asia, throughout Europe and North and South America, City of Hope's Yuman Fong, M.D's go-anywhere philosophy has taken him everywhere. Some visits last only a few hours. But each carries a specific purpose. Fong insists that his trips simply cannot be replaced by a Skype session or any other kind of remote conversation, not even in our ultra-connected, mega-digitized world. Meeting people face-to-face is crucial, he said.
 

 
Dr. I. Benjamin Paz Dr. I. Benjamin Paz
Benjamin Paz, M.D.
Leaving the world better than he found it

When not attending to patients at City of Hope, Benjamin Paz, M.D., has a unique way of “kicking back” and enjoying his vacation. He hops a plane for Tanzania, rolls up his sleeves and launches into several weeks of 12-hour days, performing surgery, training surgeons and helping to build that country's medical infrastructure. He's part of a small, select team put together by the Alliance for Global Clinical Training, in partnership with the American College of Surgeons. The goal, Paz says, is much more than simply parachuting into an underserved country, doing a few surgeries and going home. He wants to leave the country better than he found it, equip it with a self-sufficient system of quality care. The need is especially critical in Tanzania where more than a quarter of the population lives below the poverty line, and the health care system is nearly half a century behind Western standards. Paz believes that if a well-run, modern, quality health care system can be created in Tanzania, it can be done anywhere. That's the goal.
 
Dr. Rahul Jandial Dr. Rahul Jandial
Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D.
A surgeon’s quest to better treat children with brain diseases in underserved countries

City of Hope's Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D., is making a lasting and global impact by performing and teaching complex brain surgery in developing countries. Jandial and his team perform brain surgeries on disadvantaged children, provide hospitals with medical equipment and teach the local doctors new skills and techniques to help empower them to conduct these lifesaving surgeries on their own.
 
Dr. Lesley Taylor Dr. Lesley Taylor
Lesley Taylor, M.D.
Advancing Care Around the World
Lesley Taylor, M.D., has now been involved with medical initiatives in Ethiopia for seven years. Despite struggling through political unrest, demonstrations, and shortages of medicine and supplies, she and her team were eventually able to create the country’s first decentralized breast cancer center, which she hopes will serve as a model for other regional cancer hospitals in Ethiopia.