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
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
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
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
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.