Overseas Outreach Project to Vietnam

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Celebrating 15 Years of Education and Service in Vietnam (2002-2016)

Read about the 2016 Vietnam Project that took place June 5-25, 2016. The volunteers were: A. Holly Johnson, MD (Boston, MA); Robert Mihalich, MD (Brighton, MI); Naomi Shields, MD (Wichita, KS); and R.J. Sullivan, MD (Hartford, CT).

Since the first project in 2002, AOFAS volunteers have performed surgery on more than 1,300 patients and evaluated more than 3,000 patients in clinics, all at no charge to the patients. A total of 46 AOFAS members from 21 US states, the District of Columbia and 6 countries have participated in the project.


Step up to a challenging experience!

 You have heard of interesting vacations in Europe, boat cruises through Alaskan waters, mountain climbing, and kayaking in scenic placVietnam logo no yr.jpges, however, the AOFAS has an even better adventure in mind for its members. It offers beautiful scenery, foreign language and unusual foods, and involves stepping out of your comfort zone -- both clinically and personally. It also affords the opportunity 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 Members, Candidate Members, 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.   ​

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


2015 Surgeon Volunteers:  Mario Kuhn Adames, MD;  D. Scott Biggerstaff, MD; Naren Gurbani, MD; L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD; Angus McBryde, MD; Victor Macko, MD; Peter Salamon, MD; Naomi Shields, MD

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 2014 Vietnam Project:  Celebrating 13 years of Education and Service in Vietnam 

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The 2014 AOFAS volunteers were: Naren Gurbani, MD; Aaron Guyer, MD; Minoo Hollis, MD; L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD; Angus McBryde, MD; and Naomi Shields, MD.
Read about the volunteers' experiences:     
2016 Project
2010 Project
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, Colorado)
William H. Gondring, MD (St. Joseph, MO)
Naren G. Gurbani, MD (Downey, CA)
Aaron J. Guyer, MD (Tallahassee, FL)
Thomas Hearty, MD, DPT (Bethesda, Maryland)
Paul J. Hecht, MD (Lebanon, NH)
Minoo H. Hollis, MD (Navarre, FL)
A. Holland Johnson, MD (Boston, MA)
L. Daniel Latt, MD, PhD (Tucson, AZ)
Thomas H. Lee, MD (Pickerington, OH)
Lowell D. Lutter, MD (St. Paul, MN)
Angus M. McBryde, MD (Columbia, SC)
Thomas A. McDonald, MD (Springfield, MA)
Francis X. McGuigan, MD (Washington, DC)

Victor W. Macko, MD (Stockton, CA)
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)
Raymond J. Sullivan, MD (Hartford, CT)
Ruth L. Thomas, MD (Little Rock, AR)
Saul G. Trevino, MD (Morrisville, VT)
J. Loch Trimingham, MD (Bellingham, WA)
Robert G. Veith, MD (Renton, WA)
J. Turner Vosseller, MD (New York, NY)
Keith L. Wapner, MD (Philadelphia, PA)

AOFAS Staff Participants
Lousanne "Zan" Lofgren, CAE, Former Executive Director
Elaine Leighton, Deputy Executive Director/Director of Education
Judi Northrup, Former Director of Education

How You Can Participate

To volunteer for a future project, please complete the application form below. The application is a fillable PDF form. Save a copy to your computer before and after you have entered your information. Click the shaded area above the first line to enter data, and use the tab key to advance to the next field. Submission instructions are included on the application.

Vietnam application form

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