Dr. Sameer Jejurikar to Travel with Smile Bangladesh

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With over 21 years of experience, Dr. Sameer Jejurikar of Dallas, TX is a well established name in cosmetic surgery. In addition to his domestic practice, Dr. Jejurkar is also focused on giving back. This spring, he’s taking surgical expertise internationally for a service trip to Bangladesh.

Dr. Jejurikar will leave on March 10 to volunteer with Smile Bangladesh, a nonprofit based in New Jersey that’s dedicated to providing treatment for cleft lip deformations. Since it began in 2010, Smile Bangladesh has made over 20 missions throughout Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Dr. Jejurikar will travel to Khulna, Bangladesh to volunteer with the organization’s mission this spring.

Dr. Jejurikar and other volunteers will work with Smile Bangladesh and local organizations to treat patients around Khulna and greater Bangladesh. The organization estimates that there are only around 30 surgeons in Bangladesh who are trained to perform these surgeries. That would require each doctor to perform around 10,000 surgeries each year. Dr. Jejurikar and Smile Bangladesh will provide services to people without regular access to specialized healthcare.

Dr. Jejurikar will travel with other volunteer surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists to urban and rural areas to provide services to those in need. He will also work with the organization to ensure prescreening and postoperative care for patients during his visit. All services during the mission are provided to patients by the Smile Bangladesh team free of charge.

Smile Bangladesh’s Mission

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that affect the formation of a baby’s mouth and lips. These deformations often result from a mother’s malnutrition during pregnancy. They can affect a child’s ability to eat, speak and regularly attend school. There are an estimated 30,000 children with these deformations born in Bangladesh each year.

One of the most challenging parts of cleft lift deformities in Bangladesh is consistent access to care. Many people with cleft lip and palate come from rural areas and there is no comprehensive care system to treat these deformities. In addition to functional issues, people with cleft deformities often face discrimination and social stigmatization.

The Smile Bangladesh organization was started by a group of medical professionals specializing in humanitarian work around the world. They focus their work in Bangladesh, a densely populated country in Southeast Asia where an estimated 300,000 children and adults have unrepaired facial deformities. The organization sends missions 2-3 times per year to help meet this need. With help from volunteers like Dr. Jejurikar, Smile Bangladesh and has performed over 1,000 surgeries.

A Past in International Service

Dr. Jejurikar’s upcoming trip to Bangladesh is one of numerous medical missions that he’s made as a volunteer. These service trips are part of Dr. Jejurikar’s commitment to quality care in his practice both internationally and domestically. He has traveled to Bangladesh in the past and performed cleft lip and palate surgeries in Colombia and Guatemala.

When he’s not volunteering abroad, Jejurkar runs his own practice in the Dallas area at the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. He performs cosmetic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, breast reconstruction and complex wound reconstruction. Jejurkar frequently speaks at national and international forums on safety in his field as well as protective and preventive techniques for plastic surgery.

Dr. Jejurikar also performs dermabrasion, hair restoration, laser resurfacing, reconstructive surgery. He specializes in butt augmentation procedures including the Brazilian Butt Lift. He is board certified and a member of the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute and has worked in medical centers in Dallas, Plano and surrounding area. He is one of 6 doctors at Dallas Medical center and one of 9 at Pine Creek Medical center who specializes in plastic surgery.

Dr. Jejurikar received medical training at the University of Michigan, a top 25 medical school. He completed his residency in plastic surgery and studied aesthetic surgery at the Manhattan Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. He has worked at Baylor Medical Center as well as the Dallas Day Surgery Center, Forrest Park Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

According to the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Jejurikar has been named one of the best doctors in Dallas. He has also received numerous other awards including the Patients’ Choice Compassionate Doctor certificate, Patients’ Choice 5th Anniversary Award, and the On-Time Doctor award from Vitals.  Dr. Jejurkikar was also added to the Register of Business Excellence by the American Registry.

Dr. Jejurkikar’s research has been published by Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Annals of Plastic Surgery, the Journal of Surgical Research, and Microsurgery. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Medical Association.

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