Grateful for all the support he has received throughout his education and training, Asif M. Ilyas, M.D., FACS, an orthopedic surgeon and program director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, believes strongly in paying it forward. That’s why he spent a week this fall volunteering his expertise in hand and orthopedic trauma surgery at a teaching hospital and medical university in Pakistan.
He told OTW, “I feel that here in America we are privileged to have the highest quality of care at almost every level of society, but unfortunately that ready access to care is not universal throughout the world. As such, I want to do my little part to help in that.”
Ilyas has also made several trips overseas to Haiti and India. He spends a week or two each year bringing hope and healing to those who need it the most. His work typically involves acute fracture work and chronic trauma reconstruction cases including malunions and nonunions.
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