Operation International, formerly known as International Surgical Mission Support (ISMS), is a secular, non-political, humanitarian organization founded in 1996 by Medhat Allam, MD; Ravi Kothuru, MD; and Robert Mineo, CRNA, who aspired 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 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.
Team NY, the first Operation International team, made its maiden mission to Haiti in 1997, where our founders of the organization witnessed firsthand 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.
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, Americares, AFYA Foundation, Soles 4 Souls and Hospital Sisters 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.