Every January since 2010, and every June since 2013, Dr. Selene Parekh takes a team from the USA to India to participate in charity surgeries and engage local surgeons in learning the skills of foot and ankle surgery as well as rehabilitation. To date, Dr. Parekh and his team have trained over 900 surgeons and performed over 90 charity surgeries, including the first STAR ankle replacement in the history of India. Please scroll down to view highlights from the 2016 and 2018 trips.
On January 7, 2016, Dr. Parekh and fifth-year resident Dr. Julie Neumann traveled to India to take part in Dr. Parekh’s annual Parekh Family Foundation Foot and Ankle training program.
During the trip, the team:
- Distributed over 400 pairs of shoes to children in need
- Trained over 170 surgeons
- Performed surgeries for those suffering from neglected orthopaedic issues
From January 1-8, 2018, Dr. Parekh and a team of 2 international foot and ankle surgeons; 1 resident from Harvard; his wife, Zankhna, who is a physical therapist; a nurse; and a team of 12 Indian national foot and ankle surgeons traveled to Hyderabad, India to take part in the annual Parekh Family Foundation Foot and Ankle training program.
During this year’s trip, the team:
- Distributed over 500 pairs of shoes to children in need
- Trained over 130 surgeons and 70 physical therapists
- Started nurse training and education in diabetic foot care
- Performed charitable surgeries for those suffering from neglected orthopaedic issues ranging from hallux varus, end stage ankle arthritis, cavovarus deformities, and pes planus conditions, to name a few
- Evaluated patients in charitable foot and clinics
Photos from his most recent trip can be viewed below.