Dr Aberin is a Volunteer Ent. Surgeon for Operation Restore Hope. Based in Manila, she is an invaluable asset to the ORH team, allowing cleft lip & palate surgery to continue throughout the year when the mission is not present. The ability to learn from some of the world’s best cleft palate surgeons and adopt new surgical techniques is just one of the reasons Dr Aberin enjoys being a part of ORH. She also finds that she makes fantastic friends each year through the experience and just loves the delicious donated lunches we receive at the hospital!
Iraqi-born, Dr Ahmed Alkadhi is an overseas and New Zealand trained plastic surgeon. He has been settled in Hamilton, NZ with his wife Shirook and two boys since 1995.
Ahmed works in both the public (Waikato Hospital) and private (Tristram Clinic) systems in New Zealand and has a special interest in cleft palate and lip surgery.
He joined ORH in 2008 and enjoyed the overall experience and the company of what was the largest team ever to go across to the Philippines.
Tristan is a prominent academic surgeon in New Zealand. Born in Canada and raised in South Africa, he has settled in New Zealand with his wife Lauren and their two children. He is a widely trained surgeon and has a specific interest in paediatric and cranio facial surgery. He splits his work 50/50 between public and private practice. Tristan has been with Operation Restore Hope since 2001 and is continually struck by the incredible friendliness of the Filipino people he meets on every mission.
Jim Gaffield originates from San Francisco but is currently living in Queensland, Australia. A Plastic Surgeon, Jim began working with the Operation Restore Hope team in 2003. He gains immense personal satisfaction from being able to make life easier for a child born into unfortunate circumstances and is overwhelmed by the kindness of Filipinos every year. Jim also loves coming back each year to experience the abundance of great food and lively entertainment in the Philippines.
Christopher is from Leipzig in Germany. He practices plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery and has a special interest in hand and burn surgery. He joined Operation Restore Hope in 2000 and has been an integral part of missions in both Manila and Cebu. Every year he looks forward to the opportunity to share skills and experience, the fantastic comradeship of the Operation Restore Hope team and the warmth of the Filipino people.