by Joan Aguon Charfauros
Guam - Local doctors and members of the community Dr. Jerone Landstrom, Dr. Noel Silan, and Dr. Darius Richardson will be hosting the first Guam Medical Mission on April 29 and are planning on conducting around 8-16 free surgeries. Dr. Silan says a mission to the Philippines inspired them to extend such services locally.
"They really are life-changing procedures where we could actually help them and do surgery and make them be more functional and have a productive lifestyle," he explained.
The team's goal is to select people who are not covered by insurance or Medicare. "Even though insurance here on Guam, even though a good healthcare system, there are still those who fall through the cracks - patients that don't have the financial means to have these surgeries done," Silan continued.
After the surgery is performed, he hopes that they will have a better outlook on life. Forms will be available starting today at all village mayors offices and should be submitted no later than 5pm on April 22. Candidate selection will be done the following week.
According to Silan, this is the first of many medical missions that will be conducted. Submitted applications that are not selected will be held on file to be considered in future medical outreach programs as he anticipates a large number of interested applicants.
Guam residents gave back in 2010, providing everything from last-minute Thanksgiving turkeys to complex surgery for those in need.
In a poverty-stricken remote area of the Philippines, Guam surgeons took matters into their own hands at the beginning of this year.
As part of a yearly surgical mission organized in conjunction with an international nonprofit organization, Guam foot surgeon Noel Silan, maxillofacial surgeon Darius Richardson and hand surgeon Jerone Landstrom helped treat more than 500 patients.
The surgeons performed 112 major and 106 minor surgeries, in an area where health care is sorely lacking. The 10-day mission was part of a joint effort between the Pagasa and International Surgical Missions, a Colorado-based nonprofit that arranges trips to Third World countries to provide surgical care to people who would otherwise be untreated.
The doctors will repeat the mission again in 2011, but are also gearing up to help people closer to home. The doctors' Guam-based nonprofit, Pagasa, which means Hope, is currently raising funds to help support a mission on Guam. The goal is to provide surgery to those who cannot afford it on Guam.
Dr. Jerone Landstrom was a guest of honor October 7 when he received the 2013 American College of Surgeons/Pfizer Surgical Volunteer Award for military outreach.
Each year, the American College of Surgeons recognizes the dedication and contributions of its members though Surgical Volunteerism Awards in domestic, international, military outreach, and volunteerism during surgical residency. Dr. Landstrom was one of four physicians recognized; he for outreach contributions in the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Philippines, and Afghanistan.
Dr. Landstrom was flown to Washington DC for the award ceremony. While there, Landstrom also lectured to a packed house of his colleagues at the American College of Surgeons on "Adversity, Diversity and Volunteerism."
In April when the American College of Surgeons contacted Dr. Landstrom about his award, he admits he was shocked and honored to be recognized. He hopes to raise the awareness of Operation Giving Back and to attract medical providers to Guam. Read more about the award here.
Click here to view many of the certificates of thanks and commendations presented to Dr. Landstrom.
Click here to view a memo from Providence Hospital commending treatment of a GYN patient.
Click here to view a heart-felt thank you from a Pre-Med student who shadowed Dr. Landstrom in the summer of 2019.
Click here to view a thank you following a patient's surgery for Hansen's Disease - also known as leprosy.
- ACS 2013 Surgical Volunteerism & Humanitarian Award Recipient lecture: Adversity, diversity & volunteerism with a focus on remote medical and surgical missions in Micronesia, Philippines and Afghanistan October 7, 2013
- Radial Portal Tendon Harvest and Interposition in Arthroscopic Treatment of Thumb Basilar Joint Osteoarthritis. Journal of Hand Surgery; Vol 33, No. 3, March 2008 (download available)
- Microsurgical Penile Replantation Facilitated with Post-Operation Hyperbaric Oxygen: Landstrom, J. et al. Microsurgery Jan. 2004; 49-55 (download available)
- Needle Localization in Occult Breast Lesions: Landstrom, J., et al., Surgical Oncology 40: 1-3 Jan. 1989
- Needle Localization in Occult Breast Lesions (Abstracted in Current Surgery, Editor Nyhus, M.D. & Abstracts International 1989)
- Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Results Dependent on Technique: Landstrom J, Brown MG, 1996. (Submitted to Journal of Orthopedics.)
- Brown Procedure Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release: A Multicenter Study with Comparison to Open Carpal Tunnel Release; Brown MG, Landstrom JL, 1996. (Submitted to International Hand Surgery Journal)
- Multicenter Study of the Brown Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release Technique accepted and presented at the Annual ASSH Meeting 01 -03 October 1996. (J. Landstrom)
- Lectures: available upon request