Fund Your Mission

The Touching Hands Project, along with the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH), is a strong supporter of independent mission work. If you are a hand surgeon who is completing your own medical missions, AFSH can offer funding to alleviate your costs. This opportunity is open to both groups and individuals.

Applications for 2018 funding have closed. Please check back in Winter 2018 for 2019 applications.

This was a transformative experience for each of us. As a brand new program, we have minimal funding available to us. The funds presented by the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand offer a substantial contribution to assist in developing this program. We hope that our program may serve as a model to other residency and fellowship programs interested in developing an international elective.

John D. Lubahn, MD, FACS
Hand Surgeon

2018 funding recipients

Congratulations to the following hand surgeons who were awarded funding for an independent outreach mission in 2018:

Aaron J. Berger, MD, PhD
Self-Funded Mission
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Michael J. Forseth, MD
With One World Surgery
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Honduras

Ericka A. Lawler, MD
With Sharing Resources Worldwide
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Siguatepeque, Honduras


Nathan Miller, MD
With Innovating Health International
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti



A. Lee Osterman, MD
With the International Organization for Women and Development; and the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Kigali, Rwanda


Apurva S. Shah, MD, MBA
With Sharing Resources Worldwide
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Siguatepeque, Honduras



T. Greg Sommerkamp, MD
With Curtis Hand Center
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic


Adam B. Strohl, MD
With the International Organization for Women and Development
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Kigali, Rwanda


J. Grant Thomson, MD
With Hand Help, Inc.
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Lima, Peru


Dan A. Zlotolow, MD
With Rwanda Ministry of Health
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Kigali, Rwanda




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