Our head and neck surgery department has a tradition of service to our local community and through global missions. Each year, our faculty and residents attend 3-4 global mission trips.
Last year, Dr Charles Shih, our facial plastic surgeon, helped lead two mission trips this past year with Faces of Tomorrow. One trip to Naypyidaw, Myanmar in January and the other to Bohol, Philippines this in June, during which he was assisted by our resident Dr. Dave Chou. Our residents, Drs. Jonathan Lin and Christopher Xiao travelled to Guatemala with one of our former residents Dr. Peter Von Doersten. One of our pediatric otolaryngologists, Dr. Shane Zim traveled to Cebu, Philippines with Operation Restore Hope, along with our resident Dr. Barcleigh Landau.
Locally, we have continued to work with Operation Access, a non-profit organization that matches uninsured patients who require specialty care with physicians and hospitals willing to provide that care. In the last academic year, we have held 5 OR days where KP donated OR time on a Saturday and our faculty/residents and OR staff donated their time. In May 2019, we had the first ever all-HNS Operation Access day in which we ran 3 rooms on one Saturday.