Medical Missions

The following volunteer opportunities for medical missions on this site are provided for informational purposes only and as a courtesy to Notre Dame alumni, Saint Mary's College alumnae, and other visitors to this site. The University has not investigated or visited any of these volunteer programs or activities, does not endorse or sponsor them, and cannot vouch for the content, accuracy or reliability of any of the information provided about them on this site or in various links from this site. THE UNIVERSITY MAKES NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, CONCERNING THE QUALITY, RELIABILITY, SAFETY OR SECURITY OF THE PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES LISTED ON THIS WEBSITE.

The Medical Missions program provides information for University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College alumni/ae and friends interested in volunteering with independently sponsored domestic and international medical missions. For more details, please visit the websites of the individual agencies. General inquiries may be sent to program chairman, Richard A. Flores, MD, via e-mail: Dr. Flores will work with you to best match your available time, talents, and medical specialties to various medical mission programs around the world.

Hôpital Sainte Croix, Lèogâne, Haiti

The Notre Dame Haiti Program is dedicated to the permanent elimination of LF in Haiti. In addition, Notre Dame’s partnerships in Haiti have developed into opportunities for researchers and medical professionals to work in Haiti in other capacities. NDHP’s partner, Hôpital Sainte Croix, hosts volunteer medical professionals to help facilitate outpatient and inpatient care including surgery, pediatrics, and mobile clinics. For more information about medical volunteer opportunities, please contact the Notre Dame Haiti Program Office at 574-631-3273. Volunteers interested in Hofman Reconnaissance Missions to Haiti should contact Sarah Craig, NDHP Manager,


Founded by a Rochester physician, Ralph Pennino, M.D. '75, and supported by volunteers of all ages and backgrounds, InterVol is a Rochester community based non-profit organization. InterVol is dedicated to serving others through the recovery and redistribution of medical supplies and equipment; to bridging local hospitals and medical professionals with other countries and care-giving organizations in areas of need; and to providing international educational support. InterVol's vision is a better, more connected world, where people, materials, opportunities and needs are brought together for mutual benefit. InterVol operates with a minimal budget and overhead, achieving extraordinary results through a dedicated group of over 300 volunteers. It has been determined that every $1 invested in the organization results in $9 of benefit for those served. Since 1989, InterVol has brought together this diverse group of volunteers. They have the opportunity to impact the lives of our community, the nation, and the world, by giving of their time and expertise to those in need. Older generations volunteer with younger generations to teach and instill the values of giving by example. A robust international volunteer placement program exists for interested medical professions. Visit their website fore more details or contact Dr. Pennino,

CRUDEM Foundation: Hôpital Sacré Coeur, Milot, Haiti
Hôpital Sacré Coeur, supported by the CRUDEM Foundation (Center for the Rural Development of Milot), is the largest private hospital in the North of Haiti. Located in the town of Milot, the 73 bed hospital has provided uninterrupted service for 25 years. Hôpital Sacré Coeur is a premier Haitian healthcare facility and has become a beacon of hope for the people of Northern Haiti. Notre Dame alumnus, Peter J. Kelly, M.D. '72, is the current CRUDEM board president and William B. Guyol, Jr., M.D. '78 is a board member. There are many ways to support this successful mission. Please e-mail Peter J. Kelly, M.D. at about getting involved.

Health and Education for Haiti
This Maryland-based nonprofit runs medical mission trips to Haiti during October, February, and June. Ideally, each volunteer medical team has twelve members: four physicians, two PAs or NPs, four RNs, paramedics or EMTs, one pharmacist, and one medical laboratory technologist. Approximately, 1,000 patients are treated on each week-long visit. Many professionals note the vast breadth of conditions they encounter. The personal cost of the medical mission is $800. Founded by Notre Dame alumnus, Charles McCarthy '92, with his friends and support from their parish, this organization seeks to work collaboratively with the Haitian people to address their critical needs, especially those related to health and education.

Andean Health & Development, Inc.
A U.S.-based not for profit organization, Andean Health & Development, Inc. serves people in rural Ecuador, South America. Founded in 1997 by two Notre Dame alumni, David Gaus, M.D. '84 and Erik Janowsky '87, along with Tom Chiller, M.D., the Andean Health & Development, Inc. was created as a sustainable model of primary health care delivery. The program currently addresses the health needs of more than 70,000 residents throughout the poor tropical region of Pedro Vicente Maldonado.

Rotaplast is a world-community service project that partners with medical professionals and Rotary Clubs to provide free reconstructive surgery to underserved children worldwide. Rotaplast Mission Statement: To help eliminate untreated cleft lip and palate deformities by the year 2025. Dr. Angelo Capozzi ’56, a plastic surgeon, and San Francisco Rotary Club President Peter Lagarius founded Rotaplast International Inc. in 1992. In 1993, Rotaplast did one medical mission to La Serena, Chile and now has performed over 13,000 surgeries in countries around the world, such as Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Ecuador, Vietnam, China and the Philippines. The core surgical program has expanded to include genetic research, a multidisciplinary approach including dentistry, orthodontics and speech pathology along with an emphasis on education and training of local medical professionals. For additional information, contact: Angelo Capozzi, M. D.

Touching Tiny Lives
Touching Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF) was founded by former Peace Corps volunteer Ken Storen '92 in the southern African country of Lesotho. TTLF operates an orphanage housing 20 children impacted or orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, as well as a medical outreach program for 40 additional children in surrounding villages. The foundation enjoys wide support from within the Notre Dame extended family - including financial support from numerous alumni clubs, academic support for undergraduate service and academic programs sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, numerous faculty and alumni members on the Board of Directors, as well as the distinction of Father Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. serving as the Honorary Director of Touching Tiny Lives Foundation. Touching Tiny Lives is an opportunity for physicians and qualified medical care providers to extend care for the children of Lesotho impacted by this devastating disease. The primary focus of work is assisting children with basic medical needs resulting from the opportunistic diseases associated with AIDS - nutritional, respiratory, gastrointestinal, dermatological, etc. Additional local medical expertise is available to support health care issues specifically related to AIDS and ARV medications. Ideally volunteers will be available for periods equal to or in excess of two weeks. Lodging is provided on-site, supportive information on care of the AIDS child is provided, and assistance is given with travel logistics. For additional information, contact: Daniel J. Towle, M.D. '77, (913) 522-2263

Jamaica Outreach Program
Sponsored through the St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Parish, in Naples, Florida, the Jamaica Outreach Program assists the poor in Kingston, Jamaica through a variety of medically related services. The project was initiated in 1997, and since that time St. John parishioners and friends generously have donated their time, skills and funds necessary to support this program that provides for the medical, educational and spiritual needs of the Kingston community. The parishioners work with St. Pius X parish, which serves 15,000 to 20,000 indigent people in the Olympic Gardens area of west Kingston. The All Care Medical Clinic at St. Pius X provides medical, dental, and eye care, plus all the medicines, supplies, and eye glasses are supplied free. The eye clinic needs more optometrists and ophthalmologist volunteers, as does the dental clinic need dentists and hygienists. The medical clinic can always use GP's, Internists, and Pediatricians. For additional information you can contact Al Kerns '62, who serves as the Board Chairman and Medical Committee Chairman of the Jamaica Outreach Program at St. John the Evangelist Parish, in Naples, Florida.

Camp John Marc
Located in Meridian, Texas, Camp John Marc exists to improve the quality of life of children with chronic illnesses or major physical disabilities, while providing necessary daily medical treatment. Within an atmosphere of fun, our goal is to enhance the self-esteem of such special children by providing a common bond through organized activities, cultivating in each individual the attitude "I can do it.” The essence of this camp program is: nurturing health-impaired children's positive self-image, providing peer interaction, allowing a chance for adventure and exploration in the great out-of-doors. Hopefully this will lead to an increased capacity to cope with their illness or disability. Camp John Marc utilizes community and medical volunteers to provide program support and quality medical care and treatment in the camp setting. The governing board of Camp John Marc believes in the campers' right to discovery and adventure in nature's world, and in their chance to see, touch, play, and feel better.

Helping Hands Medical Missions
Located in Irving, Texas, the HELPING HANDS Medical Missions is a Catholic organization providing free medical care in rural areas of developing countries. It offers its volunteers a transformative experience and the opportunity to share their faith while selflessly serving the needs of others. E-mail for additional program information.

Mission Doctors Association
Founded in 1957, Mission Doctors Association offers both short (1 – 3 months) and long-term (4 month formation program plus 3 year commitment) volunteer programs for Catholic doctors and their families. Volunteers serve at mission hospitals and clinics in Latin America and Africa, supporting the work of the Church by sharing both their talents and their faith. Medical professionals wishing to give a short-term commitment must attend a retreat/seminar, which is only offered once a year. E-mail for additional program information.

Healing the Children
Healing the Children provides medical care to children in need—around the world and even in the U.S. Medical teams travel to countries with high need but sometimes HTC must bring children to the U.S. because they cannot be treated in their home countries. HTC also helps American children who have fallen through the cracks in the health care system. HTC provides medical care and treatment without regard to religious belief, national origin, political views, or cultural differences. HTC's definition of medical care includes medical, surgical, and dental care in hospitals, clinics, and temporary locations. HTC collaborates with businesses, government agencies, other non-profit and service organizations in the U.S. and around the world. HTC selects countries and locations where we are invited, which are reasonable, and where we can benefit children in need. For additional information, contact: Healing the Children National Office, PO Box 9065, Spokane, WA  99209-9065, (509) 327-4281, e-mail: