Volunteer Work

In every community there is work to be done.

In every nation there are wounds to heal.

In every heart, there is the power to do it.

-Marianne Williamson

In developing countries with limited medical resources, deformity equals non-acceptance. Children born with birth defects, such as cleft lip and palate, and children with deformities from secondary burn injuries suffer an almost inconceivable fate. Many are abandoned or ostracized.

Dr. Raj Lalla is a part of INDIA PROJECT, a non profit organisation. He volunteers three to four weeks, of his time, every year, travelling to the rural parts of India to improve the lives of children and adults that have no other access to plastic surgery services. Dr. Lalla not only donates his time for this volunteer work, but also carries with him all the surgical supplies including surgical instruments, sutures, medications etc. to rural parts of the India Mission.

His humanitarian efforts provided free care to people suffering from facial and body deformities caused by birth and trauma related injuries. Dr. Lalla feels that his experiences as a surgeon on these missions have been some of the most enriching of his life.

Dr. Raj Lalla, recently received an Award for Philanthropic Service at the annual meeting of the the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in New York.

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