Giving to Developing Countries
Donations since 2009 over $240,000.
Have you ever wondered how cosmetic plastic surgery in Virginia Beach can benefit patients in developing countries? Dr. Hubbard has teamed up with a variety of charitable organizations to help bring medical aid and plastic surgery services to those in need. To do this, he donates a portion of surgical fees to hospitals and clinics in developing countries for instruments and equipment.
To find out more information about Dr. Hubbard's philanthropic efforts, contact our office by calling (757) 600-6227 today.
Matching Instruments with Surgeons International (MISI)
Have you ever wondered how plastic surgery can benefit doctors and patients in third world countries? After operating in many ill-equipped hospitals throughout the world, Dr Hubbard realized the overwhelming need for basic instruments in the operating rooms. He wanted to do more than operate for a week and leave; he wanted to make a contribution that could be used over and over and benefit thousands of patients. The best way to do this was to provide the instruments to the doctors who were already there with the skills but not the resources they needed.
Rather than asking people to donate, Dr. Hubbard decided to take a portion of his surgeon's fee and contribute in the name of each patient. This also provides patients with a tax-deductible receipt. Your contribution is used to purchase the instruments that are then shipped overseas. This is done through World Medical Mission and MedShare International so that they go directly to the surgeons and hospitals.
At times, Dr. Hubbard will purchase surgical instruments directly for surgeons he is professionally acquainted with. These relationships led to donations to Haiti before and after the earthquake and to Kenya. Dr. Hubbard worked with Dr. Bill Fryda several months in East Africa in 1983. Dr. Fryda has had incredible success bringing modern healthcare to Nairobi and surrounding areas. He started 2 hospitals for the poor: St. Mary’s Hospitals at Nairobi and Lake Elementita. This is how your plastic surgery helps thousands in need with such basic equipment that we take for granted in our modern medical system. Please look at our donations web page to see how powerful these small contributions can be. Unlike many non-profit organizations, MISI has no administrative costs. Dr. Hubbard actually writes the checks himself to ensure that all donations go directly to surgical instruments and supplies.
Hubbard Plastic Surgery Helping Countries in Crisis
When the earthquake struck Haiti at 4:53 p.m. January 12, 2010, your donation was already at work. For years, Hubbard Plastic Surgery has donated a percentage of surgery fees to purchase equipment for doctors in impoverished countries. Before the earthquake, new, stainless-steel surgical instruments valued at $16,600 were sent to surgeons in Haiti. Within a few days of the earthquake, another $6000 was donated through Operation Smile and World Medical Mission to purchase surgical instruments that the doctors so desperately needed during the crisis. An additional $5000 was donated in 2011.
In response to the invasion and war in Ukraine in 2022, Hubbard Plastic Surgery reached out to the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America to inquire about needs for surgical instruments and supplies. This type of relief effort has been the focus of Dr. Hubbard’s 501C3 non-profit that he started in 1994. A portion of each surgery patient’s fee is contributed by Dr. Hubbard to serve those in need.
Dr. Ivanna Murskyj of Detroit Michigan responded with a request for external fixators that are used in surgery to stabilize broken bones.
We donated $30,000 to purchase 68 of these devices that were shipped from Orthopedic Drills in California to Poland, and then transported to a military hospital in Lviv, Ukraine.
Dr. Hubbard's non-profit organization, MISI, has raised funds simply from taking a portion of his surgeon's fee to purchase and donate medical instruments which can be used over and over for years to come. In times of catastrophe, there is some comfort knowing that we can all make a difference in some way. At Hubbard Plastic Surgery, we would like to thank our patients for participating in this program with us.
Thank you for your support, Thomas J. Hubbard, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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