Surgical Training For Our Global Family

Caring for the patient helps one patient, training the surgeon helps thousands of patients.

Training Trip to the Dutch Caribbean

Ohana One is excited to announce our latest work with practitioners in the Dutch Caribbean who are a part of the Dutch Caribbean Health Alliance. Tarek ElShayal, Ohana One’s biomedical & logistics coordinator, recently went on a training trip to both set-up equipment and train practitioners. Tarek brought with him cutting-edge tech which will will allow specialists to better support generalists on smaller islands and allow collaborations that haven’t been possible to date across locations in many countries.

From Mentor to Mentee

Pedro Santos, MD is a shining example of the effect of mentorship and investment in a single surgeon. He has not only expanded his expertise but also passed on his knowledge as a mentor to his peers, the ultimate goal of the Ohana One program. Dr. Santos reflects on his experience going from mentee to mentor.

Our participation in "Operation Ukraine"

We are proud to support OU Health’s training of Ukrainian surgeons, who are learning to treat both civilian and military casualties with the help our donation of Smart Glass technology! This allows for ongoing mentor-mentee relationships and consultation on active cases.

Dr. Dimuthu Tennakoon Achieves His Goals With The Surgical Sight Program

Dr. Tennakoon talks about how the Surgical Sight Program has not only enhanced his surgical skills but also his approach to treating foot and ankle conditions, especially in pediatric patients.

Making the Ohana One Documentary

The Ohana One documentary is more than just a film; it is a call to action. The title of the documentary is The Ten Thousand Mile Bridge: Closing the Surgical Gap in sub Saharan Africa. The filmmakers behind this powerful project wanted to bring attention to a critical problem while showcasing the solution. Their mission was clear – to raise awareness, engage the audience, and expose them to the healthcare crisis unfolding in Mozambique. Read the 5-part series about the process of making the documentary.

Winter 2024 Insights

2024 is off to a good start with the documentary being accepted into two film festivals!

The newsletter also includes an update Dr. Dimuthu Tennakoon from Sri Lanka, who has shown remarkable progress through the Surgical Sight Program, especially in pediatric foot and ankle surgeries.

We also welcome Biruk Zex Bekele, a medical student from Ethiopia, into our Ohana One family.

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The Ten Thousand Mile Bridge

Closing the Surgical Gap in Sub-Saharan Africa

 “The Ten Thousand Mile Bridge” is a compelling short surgical education documentary that follows the remarkable journey of Ohana One International Surgical Aid & Education, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming lives through surgical care and education. At the heart of this inspiring narrative is the mentorship between Dr. David Kulber, a seasoned plastic surgeon, and his mentee, Dr. Pedro Santos.

The film delves into the challenges and triumphs of Dr. Pedro Santos as he navigates a diverse array of burn and reconstructive surgeries under the guidance of Dr. Kulber. Through this mentor-mentee partnership, the documentary unfolds the profound impact of knowledge exchange and skill transfer in the field of surgery.

This documentary invites audiences to witness the fusion of expertise, dedication, and cutting-edge technology, ultimately portraying the incredible ripple effect that occurs when surgical professionals join forces across borders to go beyond traditional mission trips and bring hope to communities in need.

Our Focus

Ohana One cultivates surgical training programs in developing areas around the world and we do so in collaboration with like-minded organizations. Our work is not limited to single mission trips, but to establishing long-term sustainable surgical training programs utilizing mentorship relationships and advanced technology. In doing so, we work alongside surgical providers to help them take on increasingly more complex cases with the goal of elevating and expanding safe surgical care.

Surgical Sight Smart Glass Program

Ohana One’s mentor/mentee program in collaboration with Vuzix Smart Glasses and Help Lighting software to train surgeons worldwide. 

Support Beyond The Operating Room

Ohana One hosts journal clubs, English classes, lectures, webinars, and educational videos to ensure success.

Surgical Training Missions

Memorable training trips that empower and inspire, supported in-depth by the smart glass technology program.

Eyes On The Future

Can't travel to train? No problem. Ohana One is the NGO leader in remote surgical training utilizing VUZIX smart glass technology and TeleVU and Help Lightning software, allowing surgical staff to virtually operate & train together. Get your own smart glasses and keep your mission in sight.
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Sandra Rodriguez, RN – Maputo, Mozambique Mission

Join Our Ohana

Ohana means family in Hawaiian and we welcome you to our Ohana! If you are an experienced surgical team member and would like to join us on a future surgical mission, please let us know. We also have space on these missions for non-medical volunteers to help with patient care, errands, and special projects. Your life will be changed forever. We aren’t arranging any trips right now due to COVID, but please sign up to be alerted when a trip is coming up.

Yes, We Need You

Your donation brings us closer to closing the massive surgical gap that exists. It helps us continue to train and collaborate with other organizations to provide global surgical training year-round. We believe EVERY PERSON deserves access to the very best surgical care. Your tax-deductible dollars have a DIRECT impact on the health and lives of patients worldwide.
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