Dr. Volpe Changes the World
Changing the world, one child at a time
We are very fortunate to live in a society with state-of-the-art medical care tending to our health and aesthetic needs. In some parts of the world, not all are so lucky. Every year Dr. Volpe along with his colleagues Dr. Richard Silverman and Dr. Douglas Rothkopf travel with their teams of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and pediatricians to South America and work tireless 18 hour days to provide free care treating children with congenital birth defects and opening their worlds.
Our foundation along with a local South American foundation provides specialized surgery for congenital defects including cleft lips and palates, hand deformities and other ailments. Our dedicated volunteers come from Massachusetts and other states and makeup two teams- one treating children in the Andes region and the other team with Drs Volpe and Rothkopf traveling to the coastal region of the Santa Elena Peninsula in Ecuador. The teams work closely with local physicians, collaborating to provide the best management of the complex issues these children’s face. Originating initially at UMass Medical Center in 1991, our teams now comprise of unpaid volunteers from several universities and medical centers. Thousands of surgeries have been completed. Please give us a call if you wish to learn how you can help support these efforts.