The Power of Reconstructive Surgery
At the beginning of his career, Dr. Bill McClure was on track to become a cardiovascular surgeon--that is, until he discovered plastic surgery. While in medical school, a trip to Mexicali, Mexico with his plastic surgery professors prompted him to change his career plans.
He sought out Dr. Don Laub, ReSurge International founder, whose reconstructive plastic surgery training program at Stanford was known for international humanitarian work. According to Bill "I did everything I could to get accepted to that program at Stanford". Happily, he was accepted.
Dr. McClure describes the transformative power of his first ReSurge trip to Honduras with Dr. Laub. Dr. McClure recalls Dr. Laub performing a cleft lip repair:
"In only 45 minutes he completely changed a child's life. I was hooked."
He continues "After that experience, I decided I would devote my life to a practice that allowed me to volunteer domestically and abroad."
All roads lead to Cuba
Since that time, Bill has served on over seventy volunteer medical trips to sixteen different countries, including one for which he and his wife Christina (an ER nurse) cut short their wedding reception!
In the early 2000's Bill made several trips to Cuba, where he operated on children who needed surgery to address neglected burns and congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate. Inspired by these visits, Dr. McClure returned to Cuba in February 2016 on a site visit for ReSurge.
Dr. McClure was subsequently one of the driving forces behind November's Reconstructive Surgery Symposium, jointly sponsored by ReSurge and the Cuban Ministry of Health. Held in Havana's Hospital Calixto Garcia, the Symposium connected ReSurge International with Cuba's healthcare workers for a medical and technical exchange. In addition to co-organizing the symposium Dr. McClure partnered with Dr. Guillermo Sanchez and Dr. Jim Chang, ReSurge's consulting medical officer, to present lectures on advanced reconstructive surgery.