Dr. Serge Kaska initially started the organization when he traveled to Vietnam with the well-established Dartmouth University Plastic Surgery affiliated non-profit program in 2015. He recognized the opportunity for collaboration between American and Vietnamese orthopedic surgeons. Dr. Emily Benson joined him in 2016, and the two of them have been organizing annual trips for groups of orthopedic surgeons to travel to Vietnam since then. The trips consist of orthopedic surgeons, physician assistants, residents, medical students and administrative staff, mostly from Southern California. Each trip is spent providing direct patient care in association with local Vietnamese orthopedic surgeons and residents. Initially the clinical focus was complex orthopedic fracture non-union cases. The first orthopedic department to host the group was Viet Duc hospital in Hanoi, under the leadership of Dr. Ngo Van Toan. This hospital is the large, regional training center for orthopedic surgeons in the northern half of Vietnam. With their assistance, the trips have expanded to other hospitals in Vietnam. There have also been trips organized to bring the Vietnamese surgeons to the United States for additional training and experience.
Our Future Vision
It is the hope moving forward that there will be at least one trip per year of American physicians traveling to Vietnam or other international destinations, and one trip to bring international physicians to the United States. So far the trips have been orthopedic in nature, but there is the possibility of expanding to other medical disciplines as well.
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Host one of our fellow Vietnamese surgeons when they join us in the US for the annual Orthopedic Trauma Association meeting.
Dr. Serge Kaska
After graduating from Dartmouth Medical School, and completing his residency training at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Kaska then received subspecialty fellowship training inArthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Orange, CA. He also received his Complex Skeletal Trauma subspecialty fellowship training in San Francisco and Italy.
DARTMOUTH MEDICAL SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE
ORTHOPAEDIC SPECIALTY INSTITUTE, ORANGE CA
Arthroscopic Surgery & Sports Medicine Fellowship Training
CALIFORNIA MEDICAL CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO CA
Complex Skeletal Trauma Subspecialty Fellowship Training
Dr. Emily Benson
Dr. Benson is a board-certified Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon who practices in Ventura, California at the Ventura County Medical Center.
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS
ORTHOPEDIC TRAUMA AND FRACTURE SPECIALISTS OF SAN DIEGO
Orthopedic Trauma Fellowship
Dr. Thomas Golden
Community Memorial Hospital Ventura, CA
Community Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Residency Program Ventura, CA
Dr. Petros Frousiakis
with Sports Medicine fellowship training Community Memorial Hospital Ventura, CA
Dr. Ngo Van Toan
Viet Duc Hospital Hanoi, Vietnam
Dr. Phan Hai
Viet Duc Hospital Hanoi, Vietnam
Dr. Long Giang
Viet Xo Friendship Hospital Hanoi, Vietnam