Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh has been devoted to international volunteer medicine and has served in over a dozen countries in the past two decades. In 2010, he founded Mission: Restore, which provides free medical education and surgery in the developing world.
Since 1993, Dr. Alizadeh and Mission:Restore have performed complex reconstructive surgeries in more than 20 countries and four continents. In recent years, Mission: Restore has focused on the most cost-effective and impactful way to create long-term, sustainable solutions to the world's health-care needs. Volunteers not only perform surgery but also train local surgeons, who continue to provide the same high level of care after the volunteers leave. With new telemedicine technology, Mission: Restore doctors can provide long-term follow-up and collaborate on final outcomes for patients worldwide.
In 2009, Dr. Alizadeh's humanitarian volunteer work earned him the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award recorded in the United States Congressional Record. He has received numerous other citations from New York State for giving back, including the New York State Assembly Humanitarian Recognition Award and Health Care Heroes Award.