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Archive: UW Plastic Surgeons Perform Life-changing Operations in Nicaragua

Michael L Bentz, MD, Chairman of the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, as well as faculty members David G Dibbell, MD and Delora L Mount, MD, and plastic surgery resident Carolyn Rogers, MD traveled to Nicaragua in October with UW anesthesiologists and a surgical tech, on behalf of Eduplast.

The goal of the outreach trip was to treat cleft lips and cleft palates, disfiguring birthmarks, and fused fingers amongst many other conditions. Most patients evaluated by the Madison-based physicians at León’s El Hospital Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales Arguello could not afford the life-changing procedures otherwise.

Eduplast, a nonprofit organization co-founded by Dr. Dibbell, (seen below) former chairman of plastic surgery, has brought medical teams from Madison to Nicaragua for 20 years.


“Every parent wants their kid to be normal,” said Dr. Michael Bentz (pictured below examining X-rays), who has been to Nicaragua seven times. “Our goal is to get them as close to normal as possible.”


October’s trip marked Eduplast’s 40th service trip to Nicaragua since the nonprofit started in 1991.

Click here to read much more on this inspiring partnership between UW faculty and their counterparts in Nicaragua.