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Peggy Frisella is co-founder of Surgical Outreach for the Americas, which she says began as “a dream” between her and another surgeon at Washington University.

Peggy Frisella, Manager of Research Operations for the Washington University Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and co-founder of Surgical Outreach for the Americas. (Submitted photo)

Peggy Frisella, Manager of Research Operations for the Washington University Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery and co-founder of Surgical Outreach for the Americas. (Submitted photo)

The program started with a discussion between the two about mission work in places like Guatemala and Haiti.

“We started talking and looking for a place that we could bring, actually surgical resources to an under-developed country, and that’s how this got started,” Frisella says.

For the last seven years, the team has been traveling to the Dominican Republic where they perform open hernia repairs, an elective operation many in the Dominican cannot afford.

Hernia repair is something that effects many people and has “a large burden on the population worldwide,” Frisella says.

Listen to the full interview below:

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