Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Team Member Bio: Henry Duvalsaint

Henry Duvalsaint joined the International Extremity Project team in 2012 as a coordinator. The passing of founder Steve Warren in 2007 created a vacuum for the group, known at that time as Mission Peace. It took a couple of years for the group to reorganize as the International Extremity Project. 

His podiatrist, Dr. Bruce Lehnert, invited Henry to join IEP based on his many contacts in Vietnam and his knowledge of Asia from many years of business travel there.

From Henry, "I am very happy to be part of such devoted group bringing new life to so many people in Vietnam."

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Team Member Bio: Nicole Copeland, MSN

Nicole Copeland works at the San Francisco Department of Public Health in the Adult Immunization & Travel Clinic and specializes in travel medicine. She graduated from San Francisco State University with her Master in Nursing and a specialization in Public Health in 2001. She previously worked as a Nurse Case Manager for five years with the homeless HIV population in San Francisco.

Nicole is very excited and honored to be a part of the International Extremity Project’s 2015 mission to Vietnam. This will be Nicole's first trip with IEP.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Team Member Bio: Wing Ip, DPM

This will be Dr. Wing Ip’s third trip with the International Extremity Project.

Dr. Ip is Director of Podiatry at Community Medical Center, providing care and services for the California's Central Valley community and migrant workers. She graduated from residency at the Veteran Affairs Palo Alto Healthcare System and completed her podiatric studies at the California School of Podiatric Medicine in Oakland, California.

While in Namibia, she will be seeing patients and evaluating them for surgery, scheduling patient care, performing surgeries, and following up with post-surgical patients.

See more from Wing in the archives.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

2015 Mission Prep: Quick Planning Update

I am so excited about this year's trip. We'll be working at two hospitals: Can Tho General and Can Tho University. This means there will be a lot more set up and work on the ground this time.

I think we have a great team and some great new members. The hospitals are already lining up patients!

- Dr. Bruce Lehnert

Thursday, September 11, 2014

IEP Returning to Vietnam in 2015

It's official, the International Extremity Project is returning to Vietnam in March 2015!

We've set our dates. A lot of work goes into just getting ready to leave San Francisco International Airport for the long journey to south Vietnam. Once there, we'll be in Can Tho for two weeks and perform about 40 surgeries during that time. In the 2013 mission trip, we evaluated about 80 patients and performed surgical procedures on 40 of those patients, with multiple procedures on some patients.

Now begins the fund-raising, supply gathering, donation wrangling, and travel-arrangement making.

As we prepare, the medical pros will gather needed supplies, from big to small. Our wish list of supplies ranges from specialized surgical equipment to items as seemingly simple as sutures, blades, and casting materials. We provide all supplies related to the patient care, including medications, crutches, and splints.