16 March 2016

Sheridan Physicians Lead Operation Smile Mission to DRC

Sheridan anesthesia leaders Dr. Richard Berlin and Dr. Jean Miles recently coordinated a trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo through Operation Smile, where they performed surgeries to repair obstetrical fistulas for women. The United Nations estimates obstetric fistulas affect two million women and girls in developing countries, primarily in Africa and Asia. If left untreated, the condition can lead to chronic medical problems, as well as social stigma. We are proud of the initiative of our doctors as they strive to give back to both their local communities and the broader global community.

is an international medical aid organization that works to provide medical care in over 60 countries. Although the organization has classically focused on surgical procedures to help children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities, last year Dr. Berlin led Operation Smile’s inaugural obstetric fistula repair mission along with Dr. Miles and Dr. Julie Kang.

You can find several pictures below from the most recent mission: