Norfolk ENT Brigade: Honduras Otolarygology Mission

Every year Dr. John Sinacori of EVMS Otolaryngology travels with a team to Balfate, Honduras to provide otolaryngology care at the Loma de Luz hospital. The 7 - 10 person team includes two EVMS Otolaryngology attendings, at least two EVMS Otolaryngology residents, an anesthesiologist and nurses. The Norfolk ENT Brigade partners with Dr. Jeff Mckenney - whose freestanding hospital, children's home and staff compose the Cornerstone Foundation - to provide advanced otolaryngology care to this Balfate area once a year. Dr. Sinacori hopes on establishing multiple trips a year, engaging a previous EVMS resident now attending the University of Washington. The ultimate goal is to utilize these experiences to allow a senior resident to help develop a project like this for EVMS. In February of 2014, Dr. Sinacori and EVMS Otolaryngology will be bringing up a former patient from Honduras to conduct an extensive and complex surgery on a large facial tumor. Thanks to funding secured by Dr. Sinacori and EVMS Otolaryngology and a collaboration with Norfolk General, who will not bill for the procedure, the patient will be able to recieve treatment at no personal cost.


    • Administrative Location

    • EVMS Otolaryngology - Sentara Norfolk General Hospital River Pavillion, Suite 1100
      600 Gresham Drive
      Norfolk, VA 23507
    • Project Location

    • Hospital Loma de Luz
    • Project Partner(s)

    • Cornerstone Foundation, Loma de Luz Hospital
    • Grant(s)

    • American College of Surgeons
    • Participant Eligibility

    • Faculty, Residents, Physicians
    • Project Categories

    • Clinical Service, Service Learning, Community Service
    • Project Scope

    • International
    • EVMS Department(s)

    • Otolaryngology
    • Points of Contact