Volunteer work & aid missions
Volunteer Work and Aid Missions

2014:  Cambodia – Operation Smile – Svay Rieng

Operation Smile is an international non-for-profit surgical group aiming to perform life-changing plastic and re-constructive surgeries in third world countries.  Dr Mark Lee was part of a team of 25 Australian surgeons which visited remote areas of Cambodia to perform volunteer surgeries. Dr Mark Lee spent a week and a half performing the surgeries on both adults and children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and burns. Click here to discover more about Operation Smile.

Click here to read an article published in the Sunday Mail about Dr Lee’s volunteer surgical mission.

2012: Solomon Islands– Interplast – Gizo, & Honiara

Dr Mark Lee joined Victorian plastic surgeon Dr Darrell Nam and anaesthetist Dr Vernon Moo in the Solomon Islands in June, spending two weeks operating on children and adults who would otherwise not be able to afford access to such services.  Surgeries performed included cleft lip and palate repairs, removal of tumours and burn contracture repairs.  The doctors also empowered the local medical personnel by building their surgical skills in order to continue their work.

2011: The Philippines – Operation Rainbow – Cebu City

Dr Mark Lee joined local specialist plastic surgeon Dr Mark Lee Hanikeri in The Philippines, spending five days operating on over 80 children in need of cleft lip and cleft palate repairs. The legendary Wilma Dunne coordinated this mission which enabled this rewarding work to continue, bringing hope to local families.

Click here to read more about Mark’s trip to The Philippines.

2009: Tanzania – Western Australian Surgical Mission – Mwanza

Dr Mark Lee and fellow specialist plastic surgeon Tony Baker, along with anaesthetists Ross Ireland and Barney Creswell, spent two weeks operating on over 50 children and adults in Bugando Hospital.  Our practice nurse at the time, Caroline, joined the team to assist with surgeries that included cleft lip and palate repairs, burn contractures and reconstructive microsurgery of unusual facial deformities.

Dr Mark Lee and Tony spent time teaching both the local surgeons and nurses new skills in order to continue this valuable work.

Click here to read more about Dr Mark Lee’s trip to Tanzania.

2006:  Tanzania – Interplast Australia – Dar es Salaam

Dr Mark Lee and local specialist plastic surgeon James Savundra, local anaesthetist Andrew Wilds and nursing team led by Meg Twine operated on 40 children and adults over a two week period.

Click here to read about Dr Mark Lee’s trip to Tanzania as featured in the Scotch College Magazine, Clan.

2004:  Tonga – Interplast Australia

Dr Mark Lee joined New Zealand surgeon Jesse Kenton-Smith, local Anaesthetist Craig Schwab and Senior Plastic Surgery Nurse Gillian MacCallum, on a two week surgical mission in Tonga.

Over two weeks, 70 children and adults were operated on with a mix of cleft deformities, burn scars and tumours.

Plastic surgery skills were taught to local surgeons and nursing staff to continue to help the local community.

2000:  Philippines “Operation Rainbow” – San Fernando City, Mabalacat

Dr Mark Lee joined US Surgeon Michael Goldwasser for two weeks with a largely Australian team of nurses run by the legendary Wilma Dunne.  Over 50 children with cleft lip and palate deformities were operated on in two Philippine cities.

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