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Orthopaedic surgeon accepts ISMA Medical Mission Sponsorship
e-Reports, Jan. 12, 2015
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In February, Muncie orthopaedic surgeon Steven Herbst, M.D., will join a group of health care providers on a medical mission trip to Guatemala. They will teach local physicians while providing hip, knee, foot and ankle reconstruction for people suffering from joint disease.

 Dr. Herbst
Steven Herbst, M.D.

Working with Operation Walk Mooresville, Dr. Herbst expects his team, including Robert Malinzak, M.D., Michael Berend, M.D., Wesley Lacky, M.D., and Dung Nguyen, M.D., to perform approximately 100 surgeries. Last year, the group traveled to Nicaragua.

“I am extremely grateful to the ISMA in receiving this scholarship,” said Dr. Herbst. “We will put it to good use toward the purchase of needed supplies for the trip. This is the first random drawing I have won in my life. I am very excited.”

Operation Walk Mooresville is one of 13 teams of the nationwide nonprofit Operation Walk, which was founded by Lawrence Dorr, M.D., in 1994 in Los Angeles, Calif. The organization not only provides orthopaedic surgical treatments for patients in developing countries but also educates local orthopaedic surgeons, physical therapists and other health care professionals on the most advanced treatment of hip and knee joint diseases.

For more information, go to their website.

Next scholarship application deadline
Any ISMA member planning to participate in a medical mission trip may apply for the stipend, which awards up to $3,000 to help defray the costs of a trip.

The next application period will be Sept. 1, 2015, for trips taken after that date and into 2016.

To apply, you must first receive the endorsement of your county medical society.

Then, submit a letter to the ISMA and include:

  • Your name, address, email and phone number(s)
  • Dates and location of proposed trip
  • Information about other sponsors and/or mission coordinator
  • Appropriate documentation, including expense details

Recipients are selected by random drawing. For questions, call the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.

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