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On March 30, 1996, the face-to-face team of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) departed for its fourth mission to Ekaterinburg, Russia, for the peer-exchange program and to perform surgery on children with a variety of congenital and traumatic head and neck deformities. Many of the children are orphans who otherwise would not have the benefit of such surgical repair. As it turned out, 25 of the children who had been operated on by the face-to-face team during the 3 previous missions have already been adopted and are obviously living a life free from the anguish associated with their deformities. Another mission of the trip was to expose our Russian colleagues to the most recent advances in surgical techniques in these fields, as well as to learn from them in the spirit of a peer-exchange program. Each previous mission has had a different surgical focus to
RICE DH, SHINDO M. Face to Face: American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Newsletter, Ekaterinburg, Russia. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1996;122(10):1135–1136. doi:10.1001/archotol.1996.01890220099017
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