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.
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.
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.