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Global Surgery in St. Vincent:

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Resident Maryann Martinovic, MD, traveled with VCU Surgery Associate Professor Jennifer Rhodes, MD and VCU alumna Nadia Blanchet, MD on a volunteer mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Maryann Martinovic, MD, Chief Resident, VCU Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program, courtesy World Pediatric Project
Maryann Martinovic, MD, Chief Resident, VCU Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program and patient

Pediatric Plastic Surgery and World Pediatric Project in St. Vincent, February 2018


This past February I was fortunate to accompany Drs. Blanchet and Rhodes on an incredible volunteer surgical trip to St. Vincent, a small island in the Eastern Caribbean. In conjunction with World Pediatric Project, Dr. Blanchet has fostered an annual surgical outreach program for the past 30 years. 

(left to right) Jennifer Rhodes, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director, VCU Center for Craniofacial Care and Maryann Martinovic, MD Chief Resident, VCU Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program with patient, St. Vincent island
Posing with our patient: Jennifer Rhodes, MD, (left) and Maryann Martinovic, MD (right)

In a single week, we evaluated over 60 patients in clinic and performed 15 surgeries. The experience was truly life changing! The Vincentian people are incredibly hospitable, and the children that we cared for had the most loving and invested families. It was such a privilege to be able to provide these patients with the surgical care that they needed and would not have otherwise been able to obtain.

Furthermore, the nature of this program allows for the utmost continuity of care as the children remain connected with the same providers in the years to come. I hope to emulate my mentors by continuing to give my time and skill to those in need throughout my surgical career.

Maryann Martinovic, M.D.
Chief Resident
VCU Surgery, Plastic & Reconstructive Residency Program

(left to right) Drs Martinovic, Blanchet, Rhodes, performing pediatric plastic surgery procedure
(left to right) Drs Martinovic, Blanchet, and Rhodes during surgery

Dr. Martinovic offers TLC to her patient prior to surgery
Dr Martinovic with her patient before surgery

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