Fund Your Mission

Touching Hands, along with the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH), is a strong supporter of independent mission work. If you are a hand surgeon who is completing your own medical missions, AFSH can offer funding to alleviate your costs. This opportunity is open to both groups and individuals. 2020 applications for mission funding are due December 31, 2019.

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This was a transformative experience for each of us. As a brand new program, we have minimal funding available to us. The funds presented by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand offer a substantial contribution to assist in developing this program. We hope that our program may serve as a model to other residency and fellowship programs interested in developing an international elective.

John D. Lubahn, MD, FACS
Hand Surgeon

2020 funding recipients

Congratulations to the following individuals who were awarded funding for an independent outreach mission in 2020:

Robert L. Bassett, MD
With the Damien Foundation
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador  
Carlton M. Clinkscales, MD
With Global Health Initiative
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Robin Neil Kamal, MD
Self-Funded Mission
Mission Length: 2 weeks
Mission Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Ericka A. Lawler, MD
With Sharing Resources Worldwide
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Siguatepeque, Honduras
Ines Chi-Ying Lin, MD
With Partner for Surgery, ACPC and the Lafayette Foundation
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Meagan Pehnke, MS, OTR/L, CHT, CLT
With Sharing Resources Worldwide
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Siguatepeque, Honduras
Marc J. Richard, MD
Self-Funded Mission
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia &
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam     
Apurva S. Shah, MD, MBA
With Sharing Resources Worldwide
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Siguatepeque, Honduras
J. Grant Thomson, MD
With Hand Help, Inc.
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Lima, Peru