Resurge Medical Volunteer Trip: Day 1







I am out of the office for two weeks working as a pediatrician for the Resurge International trip to Phan Rang, Vietnam. The team consists of six doctors, four nurses, and two coordinators/translators who will spend the next two weeks treating patients. The other pediatrician, Dr. David Marcus, practices in Florida.

Clinic day is the first day of each surgical trip. We saw 101 patients, many of whom have been scheduled to have cleft lips and palates repaired, along with the repair of fingers, toes and burn scars.

Resurge International, founded in 1969, treats and trains in a number of countries.  Read more about the group here.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at,, and She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit
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2 Responses to Resurge Medical Volunteer Trip: Day 1

  1. Melissa Foxworthy says:

    Love it Dr. Asta! Thank you for giving your time and skills to so many children!

  2. Jennifer Berryman says:

    What an amazing way to spend your time and energy! Thanks for all that you do!

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