UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine’s own Dr. Robert Smolinski, Dr. Mark Anders and Dr. Craig Blum recently returned from a trip to Ghana to assist third-world country children and families in need. Dr. Smolinski, Dr. Anders and Dr. Blum were part of a small group of surgeons and medical professionals from the Buffalo, NY and New Hampshire areas as part of the Williamsville, NY-based volunteer group, Hope For Tomorrow Foundation.
The UBMD Ortho doctors have volunteered as part of the Foundation for the past several years, and they feel they get as much out of the experience as the people they help.
One of the recent surgeries Dr. Smolinski performed in Ghana involved the removal of a 6th finger off each hand of a 10-year-old boy, helping him regain a greater sense of normalcy and remove a source of great social stigma for the boy. The recent trip was the Foundation’s 23rd surgical mission overseas since 1991. The doctors on the Ghana trip performed 35 surgeries and medical procedures. The UBMD Ortho doctors performed orthopaedic surgeries on broken bones, deformities and scarring of hands and feet.