Operation International is a secular, non-political, humanitarian organization founded in 1969 by three friends aspiring to offer medical aid to adults and children suffering from the lack of quality health care in impoverished countries. In our quest to change and save as many lives as possible, Operation International provides free medical care to people in need, regardless of gender, cultural, ethnic, political or religious affiliations, in over 13 countries around the world. To ensure that our efforts impact underserved communities for years to come, we also offer education and training to local health care workers during each of our medical missions.
Operation International, formerly known as International Mission Surgical Support (ISMS), was founded in 1996 by Medhat Allam, MD; Ravi Kothuru, MD; and Robert Mineo, CRNA. Team NY, the first Operation International team, made its maiden mission to Haiti in 1997, where our founders of the organization witnessed first hand the devastating effects of poverty and inadequate medical care. Since our inception, our team of doctors, clinicians, nurses, and aides has expanded to include over 200 medical professionals currently providing services through our many individual Chapters throughout the United States.
+ Future Missions
Team NY - Uganda
Team MI - Ghana
Team ORV - Nepal
Team OK - India ·
ENT Team - Guatemala
Dental Team - Haiti & Ecuador
Team PA - Uganda
Team LA - Ecuador
+ Board of Directors
Medhat Allam, MD, FACS, Chairman
Ravi Kothuru, MD, Vice President
Robert Mineo, CRNA, Vice President
Joseph Geoghan, ESQ, Secretary ·
Christopher Torres, CRNA, President Team New York
Colleen Brenan, RN, President Operation Kids
Ron Gentile, MD, President Operation Restore Vision
Shawn Ciecko, MD, President Ear, Nose & Throat Team
Mehul Mehta, MD, President Team Michigan
Nilesh Patel, DDS, President Dental Team
Rajesh Patel, MD
Vito Alamia, MD
In our many medical missions to date, we have impacted the lives of thousands of people, performing surgeries and other innovative medical procedures including sight restoration, burn reconstructive surgeries, corrective surgeries for congenital anomalies such as clubfoot and cleft palate, cancer operations, and obstetric surgeries.
Operation International has developed alliances with humanitarian organizations partners including the United Nations, Rotary International, Agnes Varis Trust, Americare, AFYA Foundation, Soles 4 Souls and Hospital Sister Mission Outreach. In partnership with Dooley Intermed, we are building the first eye hospital in the Himalayan area of Bhakunde Besi in Nepal with a population of over 600,000 people.
How We Operate
As part of Operation International’s commitment to the long-term sustainability of our free medical program, and to keep administrative costs to a minimum, we offer our doctors and volunteers the opportunity to be part owners of individual Chapters of our organization. Chapters include medical volunteers based on their areas of expertise and/or geographic locations.
This model enables us to ensure that our donors’ contributions directly support our medical missions and projects. Additionally, it enables our teams to have direct involvement with the destination, timing, and other components of each mission and project. Chapters, once mature, have full responsibility in planning their own missions, raising awareness, and raising funds for their endeavors.
Operation International’s unique model is built on the concept of collective ownership and self government for volunteers. This pattern of “horizontal growth” has resulted in the creation of a network of partners who share resources, expertise, contacts, and depend on each other for support.