My name is Duke Hagerty, and I’m a plastic surgeon from Charleston, S.C. This is my first Interplast trip. The clinic was extremely well organized and the patients seemed very appreciative, and I am enthusiastic about my next two weeks.
What attracted me to Interplast was the fact the organization’s strategy has evolved to make inclusion of the host country’s doctors an integral part of the experience. The patient comes first. Hopefully this experience will not only have the short term effect of helping the patients, but will have a lasting effect in the understanding and sharing of ideas between cultures.