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Community & Global Outreach

Barcleigh Landau, in Cebu, Philippines with Smile for Me.
Shane Zim (not shown) brings residents on this mission trip where 80-100 cleft surgeries are performed annually.

Charles Shih and David Chou in Bohol, Philippines, during a Faces of Tomorrow cleft lip/palate mission trip.  Charles has also led mission trips to Ecuador, Myanmar, Peru and India.  On a typical mission, 50-60 cleft lip and palate cases are performed.

Noriko Yoshikawa leading a suturing workshop for Oakland high school students in the KP Launch summer internship program. 

May 2019: Team HNS volunteering their Saturday to perform surgery for uninsured patients through Operation Access.
From left to right: Farzad Masroor, Jonathan Lin, Benjamin Malkin, Noriko Yoshikawa, Seo Moon.

Each year, our faculty and residents attend 3-4 international mission trips. Mission trips receive financial support from Kaiser Permanente and are counted as training time, not vacation. Residents typically participate in two medical missions during the course of their residency.

Some of the organizations we partner with include:

  • Smile for Me: An annual cleft lip and palate surgical trip to the Philippines lead by Dr. Shane Zim
  • Hospital de la Familia: A hospital in rural Guatemala that our department visits at least once a year providing comprehensive Otolaryngologic surgical care.
  • Faces of Tomorrow: An annual cleft lip and palate surgical trip to various locations lead by Dr. Charles Shih. Prior locations include Philippines, Ecuador, and Ethiopia
  • Operation Access: An organization that provides surgical care for un and under-insured patients in our local community. Our faculty and residents volunteer to participate in Saturday Operation Access surgery dates several times year. Prior surgeries offered include parotidectomy, thyroidectomy, parathyroidectomy, mastoidectomy, and more.

Take a look at our website to learn more about the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Global Health Program

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