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Pro Bono Facial Reconstructive Surgery, Otoplasty

Giving back to the community,

One of the greatest rewards as a surgeon is the ability to use my skills to give back to others. I have been lucky to be associated with the Little Babyface Foundation. We surgeons donate our time and expertise to perform pro-bono surgery on children with facial deformities from around the world. The foundation pays for travel, housing and all associated medical costs other than surgeon’s fees for these deserving children.

Post op day 6, the day the bandages came off

In May, I corrected congenitally (inborn) deformed ears for a sweet seven-year-old girl named Samantha from South Dakota. Samantha had protruding ears with one side folded over, called a lop ear. Good Morning America featured Samantha’s story, which was about bullying and her mother’s proactive decision to get Samantha surgery. Otoplasty surgery for an inborn deformity is corrective plastic surgery—not cosmetic. Samantha’s confidence is now soaring, her peers embrace her, and she looks beautiful! You can see this segment by clicking on the following link: (Samantha on Good Morning America)

To summarize:  It is wonderful being able to use the unique opportunities I have had by allowing me to become a surgeon to give back to others.

The Little Baby Face Foundation, restoring children’s faces

The Little Baby Face Foundation

Pro-bono reconstructive surgery for children around the world born with facial defects

New York, NY. I am thrilled and honored to have been added to the medical advisory board for the Little Baby Face Foundation. The Little Baby Face Foundation provides pro-bono reconstructive surgery for children from around the world with facial deformities.  Over 100 children have been treated since its inception. All surgical, medical and dental care is donated without fees by the medical advisory board members. Each child also undergoes a full medical evaluation including exams, scans, X-Rays and other diagnostic tests. All non-participant physician costs – such as diagnostic tests, hospitalization, travel to and from New York, including hotel costs for the family – are covered by the foundation.

This foundation was founded in 2002 by Dr. Thomas Romo. Tom is a gregarious giant of a man when it comes to measuring heart. Having participated in Face to Face, a pro-bono program from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, I, like Dr. Romo, have travelled around the world offering pro-bono reconstructive surgery for needy children. With familial and personal responsibilities back home, it is difficult to do this very often. Through this foundation, we bring the patients to us so we can treat them year-round.

A short list of some of the procedures that are offered are: Atresia (malformed ear canals), Bite, Jaw and Dental Abnormalities, Cleft Lip and Palate, Microtia (malformed ears), Eyelid Deformities, Malformed Faces, Nasal Deformities, Vascular Lesions, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids, Dental Implant Surgery, Distraction Osteogenesis, Orthognathic Surgery and Temporal Mandibular Joint Surgery.

To quote Winston Churchill, “We make a living by what we get, but make a life by what we give.”

If you are more interested in this foundation and want to know more about us or how to help, please visit the website

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