Barry Handler, MD, FACS, provides donated reconstructive surgery to children in Mexico

Dr. Handler volunteers with InterFACE, a group of plastic and other reconstructive surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, pediatricians, and psychosocial workers, as well as other devoted volunteers, who give their time and expertise to offer reconstructive surgery to children in Mexico. They currently travel to 2 different sites for periods of 2 to 5 days, visiting some sites twice a year. The number of major operations performed ranges from 50 to 75 per trip. Their primary focus is cleft lip and palate repair, but they also perform correction of hand and ear deformation, burn reconstruction, and other congenital and acquire deformities.

In each of the locations where they work, they are sponsored by the Secretary of Health for that State and work with the local plastic surgeons or pediatric surgeons. Their team members vary each trip, as they have a devoted talent bank of over 250 volunteers who travel with them at various times.

To learn more about the work InterFACE does, please visit them at