Dr. Tom Moore and Dr.David Leber, Interplast volunteer visiting educator.
I am Dr. Tom Moore from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a volunteer plastic surgeon with Interplast. For the past six years I have served as a visiting educator specializing in reconstructing ears for children born with congenitally deformed or missing ears, a condition called microtia. During this time I have visited eight different sites in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, and Ghana. This condition is rare, only occurring about once in 5,000 births but appears to be more common in developing countries. Our goal is to teach local plastic surgeons the techniques to treat this problem. Two or three visits to each site are required to demonstrate and teach the surgical stages necessary to complete the reconstruction. Dr. David Leber, a plastic surgeon experienced in international volunteer work in ear reconstruction from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and I travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh and then to Raichur, India to conduct seminars on the subject of ear reconstruction.