Global Medical and Surgical Teams partners with medical and surgical staff around the world to serve patients and foster healing. We work through medical and surgical missions, education, training, technology and donor relationships to provide specialized medical and surgical care in underprivileged areas.
How we work
Our current focus is to provide cleft lip and palate surgery to patients in underserved areas by providing surgical care free of charge to children with cleft lip and palate deformities. Our surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and other team members donate their services.
Board of Directors
Michelle B. Vessely, MD, President. Michelle is an ENT surgeon with practices in Lake Oswego and Tualatin Oregon. She has participated in eleven cleft lip and palate surgical mission trips since 2008, traveling to Kenya, Zambia, Ecuador, Mexico and Uganda. She holds a Certificate in Global Health from and is earning her MPH through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Paul Bertucci, Secretary. Paul is a globally renowned data and technology architect, author of several landmark technology books, a frequent speaker at international conferences, and is passionate about other important organizations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind, Head Start, the Food Bank, and Water Africa.
Edward L. Bleynat, Jr., Treasurer. Ed practices law in Asheville, NC with a focus on business and civil litigation. He is an AV Preeminent Peer Reviewed Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell. Ed is the author of two volumes on the Synoptic Gospels and is involved in many civic and community activities.
Jennifer Searls, Director. Jennifer is a writer, communication specialist, and website manager who worked with WaterAfrica for almost ten years. Currently she is layout editor and Vice President of the nonprofit literary journal, Alaska Women Speak.