Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam

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Make a gift to the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation​ to support the Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam.

Celebrating 16 Years of Education and Service in Vietnam (2002-2017)

The 2017 Vietnam Project​ took place in May and June of 2017. The volunteers were: Lorenzo Gamez, MD, of East Setauket, New York; Justin M. Kane, MD, of Dallas, Texas; Kathleen A. McHale, MD, of Alexandria, Virginia; Naomi N. Shields, MD, of Wichita, Kansas; Michael B. Strauss, MD, of Long Beach, California; Altug Tanriover, MD, of Ankara, Turkey; Ruth L. Thomas, MD, of Little Rock, Arkansas; Geoffrey M. Tymms, MBBS, of Melbourne, Australia; and Isabella V. van Dalen, MD, PhD, of Almere, Netherlands.

Since the first project in 2002, AOFAS volunteers have performed surgery on almost 1,400 patients and evaluated more than 3,200 patients in clinics, all at no charge to the patients. A total of 54 AOFAS members from around the world have participated in the project.


Step up to a challenging experience!

The AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam is an adventure that offers beautiful scenery, foreign language, unusual foods, and the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone -- both clinically and personally. It enables you to do something truly special for others and r​eturn home with memories that will last a lifetime. Consider volunteering!

Surgeons spend one or two weeks working side-by-side with Vietnamese orthopaedic surgeons -- teaching, seeing patients in the clinics, and performing surgery. AOFAS volunteers present at the AOFAS-sponsored annual orthopaedic educational conference in Hanoi and at provincial hospitals. The annual project, scheduled over a four week period in May/June, provides surgical care and education in provinces in northern Vietnam and in Hanoi.   

The project is open to Active, Candidate, and International Members. Surgeons volunteer time and pay for their own travel to Vietnam. In-country expenses for food, lodging, travel, and logistics support for the project are covered by a grant to AOFAS from the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundationthe charitable arm of the AOFAS.   ​

View the application and apply now!

"This type of mission really tests you and makes you realize how lucky we are in our first-world situations... It is a privilege to be able to help people who would otherwise get limited or no care for their problems."

-- Geoffrey M. Tymms, MBBS, Melbourne, Australia

"My favorite part of this mission is working with the other AOFAS surgeons. We learn from each other. Many of these patients have deformities and issues we do not see in America. Discussion among ourselves allows us to clearly see the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches we may take."

-- Ruth L. Thomas, MD, Little Rock, Arkansas

Watch a Video about The Foundation's Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam



The AOFAS Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam is funded 
by the Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Foundation with generous contributions from individuals and corporations. The Foundation 
is a separate 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the AOFAS that raises funds to support the Society's mission in advancing education, research, and humanitarian service.

Interested in volunteering?  Ask these AOFAS members about their experience! 

Jorge Acevedo, MD (Jacksonville, FL)
Mario Kuhn Adames, MD 
(Florianopolis, Brazil)
Robert S. Adelaar, MD (Richmond, VA)
Angel Arnaud Franco, MD (Monterrey, Mexico)
L. Samuel Barouk, MD (Bordeaux, France)
Judith F. Baumbauer, MD, MPH (Rochester, NY)
D. Scott Biggerstaff, MD (Winston-Salem, NC)

R. Dale Blasier, MD (Little Rock, AR)
Loretta B. Chou, MD (Redwood City, CA)
R. Richard Coughlin, MD (San Francisco, CA)
Greta E. Dereymaeker, MD (Leuven, Belgium)
Paul S. Docktor, MD (Denver, CO)
Lorenzo Gamez, MD (East Setauket, NY)
William H. Gondring, MD (St. Joseph, MO)
Naren G. Gurbani, MD (Downey, CA)
Aaron J. Guyer, MD (Tallahassee, FL)
Thomas Hearty, MD, DPT (Bethesda, MD)
Paul J. Hecht, MD (Lebanon, NH)
Minoo H. Hollis, MD (Navarre, FL)
A. Holly Johnson, MD (Boston, MA)
Justin M. Kane, MD (Dallas, TX)
L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD (Tucson, AZ)
Thomas H. Lee, MD (Pickerington, OH)
Lowell D. Lutter, MD (St. Paul, MN)
Victor W. Macko, MD (Stockton, CA)
Angus M. McBryde, MD (Columbia, SC)
Thomas A. McDonald, MD (Springfield, MA)
Francis X. McGuigan, MD (Washington, DC)
Kathleen A. McHale, MD (Alexandria, VA)
Robert Mihalich, MD (Brighton, MI)​

João de Carvalho Neto, MD (São Paulo, Brazil)
Mier Nyska, MD  
(Sde-Nitzan, Israel)
Paul J. Juliano, MD (Hershey, PA)
E. Greer Richardson, MD (Memphis, TN)
Pascal F. Rippstein, MD  (Zurich, Switzerland)
Michael M. Romash, MD (Chesapeake, VA)
Nimrod Ron, MD (Caesarea, Israel)
Peter B. Salamon, MD  (Stockton, CA)
Pierce E. Scranton, MD (Kirkland, WA)
Steven C. Sheskier, MD (New York, NY)
Naomi N. Shields, MD (Wichita, KS)
Mark P. Slovenkai, MD (Chestnut Hill, MA)
Michael B. Strauss, MD (Long Beach, CA)
Raymond J. Sullivan, MD (Hartford, CT)
Altug Tanriover, MD (Ankara, Turkey)
Ruth L. Thomas, MD (Little Rock, AR)
Saul G. Trevino, MD (Morrisville, VT)
J. Loch Trimingham, MD (Bellingham, WA)
Geoffrey M. Tymms, MBBS (Melbourne, Australia)
Isabella V. van Dalen, MD, PhD (Almere, Netherlands)
Robert G. Veith, MD (Renton, WA)
J. Turner Vosseller, MD (New York, NY)
Keith L. Wapner, MD (Philadelphia, PA)

AOFAS Staff Participants
Michael Bates, MS, CFRE, Director of Development
Elaine Leighton, MPH, CAE, Executive Director
Lousanne "Zan" Lofgren, CAE, Former Executive Director
Judi Northrup, Former Director of Education

Questions?  Please contact aofasinfo@aofas.org.​.​​​​​​