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. The 2019 application period is now closed. Please check back in late 2019 for information on 2020 funding.

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

2019 funding recipients

Congratulations to the following hand surgeons who were awarded funding for an independent outreach mission in 2019:

Noor Alolabi, MD, FRCSC
With Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Carlton M. Clinkscales, MD
With Global Health Initiative
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Nepal

David James Graham, MD
With Orthopaedic Outreach
Mission Length: TBD
Mission Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Jennifer Kummer, MD
With Project CURE
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Phnom Penh, Cambodia


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


Ines Chi-Ying Lin, MD
With Lafayette Foundation (Smile for Guatemala)
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Guatemala City, Guatemala


Stefano Lucchina, MD
With GICAM
Mission Length: 2 Weeks
Mission Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


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


Cassandra Nicole Riggs, MD
With Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center
Mission Length: 1 Week
Mission Location: Kigali, Rwanda


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


William Slikker, III, MD
Self-Funded Mission
Mission Length: 1 Week Mission Location: Da Nang, Vietnam


T. Greg Sommerkamp, MD
With Curtis National Hand Center
Mission Length: 1 Week Mission Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic