Dr. Panossian frequently participates in medical missions to offer reconstructive surgery for children and adults affected by geographic isolation, bad economy, natural disasters, devastating trauma and birth defects. He has traveled all over the world to offer his expertise, from places as remote as the Amazon basin and the war-torn countryside of Sierra Leone, West Africa to the inner cities here in the United States.
He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Gondobay Manga Foundation, an organization dedicated to the improvement of lives of the people in Sierra Leone. Target issues include increasing access to education, clean water and improving healthcare. Volunteer opportunities are available for those who are interested.
Dr. Panossian also volunteers his time frequently with Operation Smile, whose mission is to provide free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. His participation has taken him to Vietnam, China and other distant locales. He and his wife, Jill, have served on the Host Committee for the annual fundraising gala and continue to support the organization’s efforts to deliver life-altering surgery to children around the world.
Here at home, Dr. Panossian has had the opportunity to bring children to the United States to provide some of the most cutting edge surgical reconstructions currently available. Thanks to thebenevolent efforts of Mending Kids International, Dr. Panossian continues to treat such surgically complex reconstructions with the latest advances in technology and reconstructive surgery. These efforts are aimed at children whose deformities are too complex to address in their native countries.
One of Dr. Panossian’s international outreach efforts took him to the earthquake-ravaged country of Haiti. Through Project Medishare, he was able to offer relief to trauma victims with such devastating injuries as amputations, burns, complicated wounds and head and limb trauma. The resilient people of Haiti continue to feel the repercussions of the earthquake that changed their lives over one year ago. Dr. Panossian will continue to return to the island country to offer his expertise in the years to come.
Recently, Dr. Panossian has joined the Medical Advisory panel of the Children of War Foundation. This organization’s mission statement is to provide free reconstructive surgery and post-operative care to any child living with a physical deformity or injury that cannot be treated in their home country. He traveled to Amman, Jordan in June 2013 to provide highly specialized reconstruction for children with facial paralysis and complex vascular malformations. Partnering with local doctors is a key strategy of the organization in perpetuating valuable medical knowledge throughout the world.
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