In 1993, Mission: Restore founder and chair Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh began his volunteer work in the Afghan refugee camps, which was a life-changing experience for him. Each year since then, he has participated in volunteer missions and travelled all over the world, including Central and South America, the Middle East, and Asia. In 2009, Dr. Alizadeh's humanitarian volunteer work earned him the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Prior to Mission: Restore, Dr. Alizadeh acquired considerable experience working with large organizations to deliver only high-volume surgeries on location with limited follow-up. In 2010, he recruited a group of physicians to help found a new kind of non-profit organization that would focus on the most cost-effective and impactful way to create long-term, sustainable solutions for the emerging world's healthcare needs. The result was Mission: Restore, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that trains medical professionals abroad in complex reconstructive surgery in order to create a sustainable infrastructure.
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