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After surgery for a cleft lip, 13-year-old Antonio was finally permitted to attend school in Mexico. His success and the almost instantaneous changes in his life gave our founder, Dr. Donald Laub, the inspiration to help others through reconstructive plastic surgery.
Our History

In the 1960s, plastic surgery was still evolving. For the first time ever, it was believed that plastic surgery could rehabilitate and reintegrate those who were outcasts because of deformities and disabilities. One man, Dr. Donald Laub of Stanford University, pioneered the idea that reconstructive plastic surgery could renew lives and restore hope. With that vision, Interplast (now ReSurge International) was born in 1969. It was the first organization of its kind.

Thousands of volunteers traveled overseas to help children. By 1979, 4,000 surgeries had been provided. Medical volunteers transformed lives by dedicating their time to ReSurge, providing surgeries and training local doctors so that they could perform the surgeries on their own.

As the developing world changed with the Internet and better infrastructure, ReSurge forged a bold new course. In 1999, we established the first permanent Surgical Outreach Program, where local surgeons provide year-round care. By building surgical capacity and supporting local surgeons, twice as many patients are now receiving care annually.

Now more than 80 percent of our surgeries are performed by developing world surgeons with ReSurge oversight, training and support; it is our most efficient and cost-effective way to provide life-changing surgery. ReSurge also continually improves the quality of health care through education programs. Together with your help, we’ve provided more than 100,000 surgeries and look forward to pioneering the way for generations to come.

Formerly Interplast

From its beginnings in 1969, our organization has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery—delivering an ever-expanding continuum of care to the poor in remote regions of the world. Scores of children and adults—and their families—have been profoundly changed by their contact with our organization.

In November 2010, we changed our name from Interplast to ReSurge International. In so doing, we aimed to better share our mission of providing comprehensive reconstructive surgical care and meeting the needs of children and adults in developing countries. We want to clearly identify ourselves as one of the only organizations that focuses on the full range of reconstructive surgery in the developing world.

ReSurge International speaks to the benefit of our work. Resurge literally means to rise again; in Spanish, it means to reappear. That’s what reconstructive surgery does for our patients. It restores their bodies so they can rejoin their communities after being shunned for their disfigurements and disabilities. It renews their dreams of going to school and providing for their families. It rebuilds their futures and gives them a second chance for productive lives.

As we journey into our fifth decade of service and beyond, our charge remains the same: to restore function, renew dreams, resurge hope and rebuild futures. With your vital partnership, we can do even more to transform lives and impact the world.

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Our annual report gives a great snapshot of the life-changing work we do and tells just some of the stories of hope that ReSurge has brought to children and adults around the world.