Medical Mission Project

“I have reaped tremendous personal satisfaction on these Medical Missions to alleviate the deep suffering of those in dire need of medical help.”
– Dr. Hebert Lamblet

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Humanitarian contribution

Dr. Lamblet provides plastic surgery and reconstructive treatments to those who lack access to basic medical services. He organizes private Medical Mission projects with other like-minded medical and non-medical people who volunteer their time and resources to these Missions.  They are not affiliated with any government or non-government organization. The Medical Missions consist of people like you and me who pay their own way and who want to help alleviate the deepest suffering.

Dr. Lamblet welcomes all volunteers who wish to contribute their time, skill and hard work to a Medical Mission project. We all pay our own expenses because we are not funded by anyone or any organization.

Dr. Lamblet has treated almost 700 children and adults who have suffered serious burn injury, cranio maxilo facial deformities, congenital disorders, cancer skin resections, and sequelas. For decades, he has performed these reconstructive surgeries, and others in Brazil, and abroad in countries where health services are challenging to access.

Reconstructive surgery is meant also to restore function and range of motion to the damaged skin by several techniques that may include joint decompression, joint contracture repair, skin grafts, flap rotations, and fat grafting. During the past 15 years, Dr Lamblet has been using Fat Grafting combined with traditional techniques to improve the results and appearance of burn injuries and reconstructive deformities.

He is grateful to the world-famous, late Dr. Ivo Pitanguy for his unparalleled plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery training in the many techniques introduced that would also be made available to those who could not afford cosmetic and reconstructive treatments. The guiding principle of his mentor was the belief that appearance is important to emotional wellbeing.

With this rich heritage, Dr. Lamblet is proud to continue to participate in the development of new techniques in this highly innovative and creative specialty.

Dr. Lamblet continues to organize Medical Missions consisting of medical and non-medical volunteers who gift their skills, time, and resources to the sick, the disfigured and injured by either birth, disease, or by accident.

“Twenty-eight years ago, I joined my first Medical Mission after graduating from Medical School in Rio de Janeiro. Medical care to the less fortunate has given me remarkable challenges and satisfaction.  Imagine yourself performing a surgery and the power goes off unexpectedly.  There are no generators to provide automatic electrical power. The unexpected forces us to be creative and resourceful.  The Mission Team finds ways to succeed without the use of the modern equipment we are used to.”

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Prof. Ivo Pitanguy and Dr. Lamblet operating on a patient at the philanthropic Santa Casa de Misericórdia Hospital located in Rio for the CBS News 60 minutes American TV show

Medical Mission in Ghana, Africa

“At our last Medical Mission project in Ghana, a small bus took us to the middle of nowhere bordering the Ivory Coast. Unbeknown to us, a radio announcement was made to announce our arrival to the bare-bones unequipped hospital.  I was elated, and humbled to the core but also afraid that we might not be able to examine the more than one kilometre long line-up of men, women, and children waiting to be examined. We treated over 300 patients and provided emergency services to very serious conditions with only local anesthesia and with improvised supplies.  Imagine an emergency operation on a man with a severe abdominal infection. We operated on a child with a strangulated hernia. We delivered into this world several babies. Everyone survived, including the team of medical and non-medical volunteers of this Medical Mission!”

“I am grateful to be practicing medicine in Brazil, a country whose Constitution guarantees that everyone has access to healthcare.  There is no way for me to calculate the extent of human suffering and the cost to society when we ignore the lives of vulnerable people and marginalized groups in under-served populations of the world.  The human spirit is fragile; humanity is not a one-size fits all. I can’t save the world, but I can gift my surgical skills, time and resources, with no strings attached to those trapped in medical resource poor countries by repairing damaged areas of the body in the hope that it will lessen their suffering and help them to become contributing members of their society.”