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  • Writer's pictureJean-Paul Abboud, MD, PhD

Feature Article in the San Diego Union Tribune

I am truly honored and thrilled to share with you all that I had the privilege of being interviewed by Michael Kurima for a feature article in the San Diego Union Tribune, which was published on September 21st, 2023!

The article highlights my journey and involvement with two incredible organizations, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts (at Rady Children’s Hospital) and the Scripps Mercy Outreach Surgical Team (MOST). As an oculofacial plastic surgeon, I've been fortunate to work alongside a great number of selfless healthcare professionals to provide volunteer oculofacial surgery and humanitarian support to those who lack access to essential medical care, both here at home and abroad.

This journey has been incredibly fulfilling, allowing me to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals in need. It's a reminder of the importance of giving back and using our skills to make the world a better place.

I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Michael Kurima and the San Diego Union Tribune for shining a spotlight on the vital work being done by Fresh Start, MOST, and the broader humanitarian community.

Please take a moment to read the article (click here for link or below to download a pdf version) and learn more about our mission and the incredible stories of transformation that have unfolded through this organization. Your support and awareness mean the world to us. Together, we can make a difference!

San Diego Union Tribune Article
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If you are interested in learning more about Fresh Start Surgical Gifts or the Scripps Mercy Outreach Surgical Team, or if you would like to donate to these organizations, please visit or

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