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Reconstructive surgery for life reconstruction

ABOUT US…

PRESENTATION

Accidents, congenital deformities, crippling diseases and war wounds, are misfortunes against which surgery has made a great deal of progress. Those who can be treated will often be lucky enough to live a normal life.

OUR MISSION

2nd Chance is a non-profit organization that provides reconstructive surgery to restore the dignity and physical capabilities of people affected by birth defects, deformities, burns and injuries.

OUR TEAM

The principal organ of 2nd Chance is the Executive Committee, which meets several times a year.

The Direction is in charge of day to day operational activities.

PRESENTATION

What is reconstructive surgery ?

Reconstructive surgery is surgical treatment that helps people with terrible disabilities to regain a normal life.
It has nothing to do with aesthetic surgery; the aim is only to alleviate the terrible handicap and disabilities in any circumstances.
2nd Chance has extended the concept of reconstructive surgery to patients that need reconstruction of part of the body, such as giant goiter thyroid surgery and obstetric fistula surgery.

Accidents, congenital deformities, crippling diseases and war wounds, are misfortunes against which surgery has made a great deal of progress.

Those who can be treated will often be lucky enough to live a normal life.

OUR MISSION

In countries where medical and material facilities are not readily available, such physical discrepancies impair the psychic and social quality of life of millions of people. Needs are tremendous. Local skills for the care of these patients are still far too limited.

2nd Chance is a non-profit organization which aims at developing reconstructive surgery in regions which are economically underprivileged as well as in post-war contexts.

The project began more than 10 years ago with a partnership between Dr Pierre Quinodoz and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The directive was then to organize, outside capital cities, theoretical and practical courses in the Great Lakes region of Africa.

In 2010, 2nd Chance was created to give members of the Association the means to :

  • locally train surgeons to new skills they will use to treat their populations;
  • supply material which is often lacking;
    finance operations for indigent persons;
  • widen this mandate from a geographical point of view.

These surgeons have also the duty to pass on this knowledge to other surgeons.

The networks of expertise thus created are strengthened by the installation of a simple but modern system of telemedicine that facilitates communication between professionals and optimizes the follow-up of patients, regardless of their geographical location.

THE 2nd CHANCE TEAM

The Executive Committee

The principal organ of 2nd Chance is the Executive Committee, which meets several times a year.

Dr Pierre Quinodoz
President
FMH Specialist in plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, Geneva www.pierrequinodoz.ch
Dr Marc Pechère
Vice President
Dermatologist FMH
Geneva
Dr Ali Modarressi
General Secretary
FMH Specialist in plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery
Geneva
Jean-Claude Esaki
Treasurer
Audit and Internal Control Director, HUG Geneva Genève
Dr Benjamin Gold
Head of mission
General Surgeon
Geneva
Antoine Geissbulher
Advisor
Chief Physician Cyberhealth and telemedicine (HUG) – RAFT Director
Geneva
Francois Chappuis
Advisor
Tropical Medicine, HUG and MSF and Humanitarian Medicine UNIGE
Geneva
Mme Caroline Miller
Advisor
Directrice générale Headtohead Executive Search & Public Relations
Geneva
Dr Alberto Musolas
Director of Medical training
Specialist in plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery
Barcelona

Direction

The Direction is in charge of day to day operational activities

Anne Zeidan
Director of Operations
part time 65%
Geneva
Dr Lionel Dumont
Medical Director
part time 20%
Geneva
Olivier Mathier
Administrative director
Partime 20%
Geneva
Nadia Troxler
Public relations
Geneva
Mr Jean-Daniel Junod
Anaesthetic nurse - O.R. Responsible
Nurse Anesth
Geneva
Alain Niederhauser
Accounting
Geneva
Corrèze Lecygne
Consultant
Geneva

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