Dr. Irfan Galaria often volunteers abroad to provide free surgical care to those in need. These trips include care to victims of war and natural disasters, as well as to individuals afflicted with congenital deformities (such as cleft lips and cleft palates). He also participates in international surgical teaching trips where he is involved in teaching local surgeons the latest plastic surgery techniques and procedures.
Ethiopia 2014 & 2012
Burn Reconstruction on Children
Guatemala 2012 (Hirsche Smile)
Making Do with Less
"In the past few weeks since returning home from Guatemala I have thought back on my experiences and wondered how I can adequately describe the sights, sounds, smells, and most of all the spirit of the people in that great country. In truth, words are inadequate. I can understand a bit how Moroni felt when he was writing; I feel an inability to express in words what I am feeling inside and a frustration with my own “weakness in writing” (Ether 12:23). (Hirsche Smile, www.hirschesmiles.org/blog)
Sudan 2014, 2013, 2012 & 2011 (Save Smile)
Haiti 2010 (Earthquake Trauma care)
One of the first responders in Haiti after earthquake
"Setting foot in Haiti just days after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake, Winchester surgeon Dr. Irfan Galaria was reminded of a war zone.
He would know, having been part of a medical aid team to Gaza last winter following an Israeli bombing campaign.
"My initial reaction [in Haiti], I was very shocked to how similar the situation seemed, but in Gaza it was man-made, it was from missiles," said Galaria, sitting in his office at his recently opened practice, Galaria Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery, in Winchester." (The Northern Virginia Daily, nvdaily.com)
Gaza 2009 (War Trauma Care)
Trip to Gaza heartbreaking for Utah doctor
"The mother wrapped her arms around her 1-year-old daughter's body. The nurse held the child's head. And the doctor worked, stitch by stitch, to repair a laceration that stretched from the little girl's cheek to her lip.
There was no anesthetic to ease the child's pain." (Salt Lake City Tribune)
CBS News - Going to Gaza
KCPW Radio: Treating War Victims in Gaza Strip Interview
Before & After Photos
Patient 1: Guatemala (Hirsche Smile)
Patient 2: Sudan (Save Smile)
Patient 3: Sudan (Save Smile)