A significant portion of the work of the Department of Plastic Surgery at Loma Linda University focuses on the reconstruction of disfiguring birth defects, particularly deformities of the head, such as cleft lip and palate. In developing countries, these reconstructive surgeries often are not available.


Following the tradition of Loma Linda University, a strong emphasis has been placed on international outreach work within the department of plastic surgery. The department is firmly committed to international outreach through its program entitled “Operation Good Samaritan.”


Through Operation Good Samaritan, the department is dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery for patients, particularly children, in underserved national and international communities. Our plastic surgeons and nurses have provided care to underserved populations around the world. This group of health care providers freely donates their time and efforts “to make man whole.”


Mission statement

  • To provide direct patient care in underserved regions of the world
  • To train local caregivers in these developing regions
  • To inspire our residents to a lifelong commitment of international service to promote health, healing, and wholeness


The serious disfigurement of children can have lifelong consequences medically, socially, and educationally.