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THE CO-PILOT PROJECT:

Medical Trips and Doctor Training

The Co-Pilot Project (CPP) addresses the significant deficit in high-quality neurosurgical, spine, reconstructive, and plastic surgery training in Ukraine. Just as a co-pilot acts as another set of eyes and ears for the pilot, our goal is to send surgeons from North America to mentor and aid Ukrainian surgeons through difficult cases.

We aim to raise the level of medical and surgical care in Ukraine through the following efforts:

OUR MEDICAL EDUCATIONAL TRIPS

Project History

After an exploratory trip to Ukraine in August 2016, Dr. Tomycz and his colleagues are convinced that the best way to develop high-quality Ukrainian subspecialty surgical programs is to help train young surgeons through mentoring relationships.

During the initial trip, Luke Tomycz was able to work with neurosurgeons in Kyiv for over a week, examining over 100 patients and performing multiple procedures. Dr. Tomycz was struck by the number of patients with complex neurovascular lesions, epilepsy, spinal deformities, and tumors of the brain and spine who either do not receive any treatment or undergo ineffectual and potentially dangerous operations with surgeons who often lack appropriate expertise.

With the beginning of the full-scale russian invasion of Ukraine in Spring 2022, many American and Canadian organizations and initiatives have reached out to Razom and Co-Pilot Project expressing desire to help with performing complex surgeries and training Ukrainian doctors. We are grateful to all the organizations that we have partnered with and all the doctors who have volunteered their time and skills to help Ukraine in such difficult time.

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FACE TO FACE

FACE TO FACE is the humanitarian arm of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). This project was created in cooperation with AAFPRS, Razom, the medical NGO INgenius, and Healing the Children Northeast to help wounded victims of the war in Ukraine.

 

A team of plastic surgeons and nurses visit Ukraine and perform reconstructive and plastic surgeries of the head and neck area at Ukrainian hospitals. The doctors  perform long-hour surgeries with high levels of complexity, and the majority of the patients have severe facial defects that require sophisticated surgeries, such as microvascular reconstruction. Sometimes, these types of surgery help not only to restore the face, but also restore the ability to eat and speak. As part of the mission, the complex reconstructions of the facial skeleton are carried out using personalized printed titanium 3D implants from our partner – Materialise.

 

These types of surgeries are usually not part of the typical Ukrainian surgical training, leaving the majority of patients without appropriate treatment. Therefore, this mission encompasses an educational component, common for the Co-Pilot Project mission. The team performs complex reconstructive surgeries that help patients, while also training local surgeons so they can perform similar surgeries in the future by broadcasting the surgeries live. Hundreds of Ukrainian doctors, including otolaryngologists, maxillofacial surgeons, ophthalmologists, plastic and general surgeons, register to watch the broadcast, where US and Ukrainian specialists walk them through every step of the surgery.

 

Learn about the first FACE TO FACE trip that took place in September 2022, when them team performed 34 consultations and 31 surgical interventions, here.

FACE THE FUTURE

Razom partner up with Face the Future Foundation (Canada), as well as the Ukrainian Association of Endoscopic Head and Neck Surgery to bring a team of American and Canadian doctors and nurses, who join Ukrainian team members to treat victims of war. The team meets for a few months prior to the trip to pre-plan surgical treatments for each patient. 

 

Face the Future also organizes opportunities for Ukrainian doctors to gain new knowledge and experience. For example, they held an International Symposium on War Injuries attended by 130 Ukrainian surgeons, a Nursing Academic Day for 70 nurses, and live-streamed surgeries for 590 Ukrainian doctors during their first medical trip in 2023.

 

Still Strong, a Ukrainian surgeon-run patient management database, works with the mission and accepts hundreds of patients for requiring complex reconstruction surgeries to regain facial functions, improve patients’ appearance and decrease their PTSD.

CO-PILOT: Neurosurgeons

A group of neurosurgeons, their assistants and medical students go on scheduled trips from the US to Western Ukraine to assist in and train Ukrainian surgeons in performing complex cranial surgeries. This interdisciplinary team often consists of a number of diverse specialists, such as a pediatric neurosurgeon, a neurointerventional radiologist, a skull-base neurosurgeon, a cerebrovascular neurosurgeon and others.

 

Also, the team usually brings valuable neurosurgical equipment to expand the neurosurgical operative capabilities in Ukraine. The team collaborates with their Ukrainian colleagues to operate on a diverse mix of patients, including adults and children, as well as those with a variety of complex tumors and cerebrovascular malformations.

 

Patients are evaluated in a clinic and operated on at an elected Ukrainian hospital. In addition to the valuable time spent teaching complex operative techniques to Ukrainian surgeons in the operating room, the US-based team also hosts a number of conferences and didactic sessions aimed at educating surgeons and surgical trainees in Ukraine.

LEAP Global Missions

Razom Co-Pilot Project partners with the LEAP mission to send skilled doctors and a team of other medical professionals to assist with war-related and non war-related surgeries at various Ukrainian hospitals. Their specializations include craniofacial, craniofacial orthodontics, head and neck trauma, head and neck reconstruction, neurosurgery, urology, dermatology and others. 

 

Razom contributes to this mission by covering housing, food and medical supply expenses, scrubs through contribution by FIGS, and transportation for the doctors who invested their time and knowledge in treating children affected by the war.

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