Volunteer Missions & Patient Advocacy

VOLUNTEER MISSIONS

Citizen Ambassador Program to the Soviet Union, Hungary, & Czechoslovakia

“On August 31, 1986, I was one of a group of twenty-three American Plastic Surgeons who traveled behind the Iron Curtain on a professional visit to medical schools, scientific institutions, and hospitals. The program was sponsored by the People to People Citizen Ambassador Program, an organization initiated by President Eisenhower to encourage communication between people of other nations.” RJP

Hospital des Niños, Lima, Peru

“In 1983, I visited the Children’s Hospital in Lima, Peru, to see and treat patients with congenital and traumatic problems and to exchange ideas with local physicians.” RJP

Hospital Infantil Robert Reid Cabral, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

“In 1989, I was part of a multidisciplinary team from the Craniofacial Center of Western New York to visit the Children’s Hospital in the Dominican Republic. Our goal was to train local physicians in the care of children with cleft lip & palate and craniofacial disorders. This trip was sponsored in part by Sister’s of Charity Hospital and Buffalo Children’s Hospital.” RJP

PATIENT ADVOCACY

Washington, D.C. 1999, 2006

“A difficult problem we face daily is the growing number of our patients who are unable to have surgery, because their insurance companies state that their conditions are “cosmetic,” or do not meet their criteria for correcting a “functional deficit.” This includes revision work on cleft lip & palate patients, reconstruction for microtia (underdeveloped ear), rhinoplasty for Hallerman-Streiff (bird-like facies) patients, and others. On September 12, 2006, I joined other Plastic Surgery colleagues from the Northeast in Washingon, D.C., to lobby for the Treatment of Children Deformities Act of 2005 (H.R. 1000/S. 1132), proposed by Reps. Sue Kelly (R-NY) and Carolyn McCarthy(D-NY). This bi-partisan legislation requires insurance companies to provide coverage for the treatment of a child’s congenital or developmental deformity due to trauma, infection, tumor, or disease.” RJP

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We are privileged to have an outstanding team of medical professionals who are caring, exceptionally talented, and driven to help you look and feel your very best."

- Robert J. Perry, MD FACS