The online aesthetic community RealSelf recently announced their inaugural fellowship program awards to eight surgeons who will be providing mostly free reconstructive surgery to citizens of underserved communities around the world.

The eight 2016 RealSelf Fellows are Frank Agullo, M.D., of Texas; Patrick Byrne, M.D., of Maryland; Joseph Gruss, M.D., of the State of Washington; Larry Nichter, M.D., of California; Virender Singhal, M.D., of Missouri; Kristin Steuber, M.D., of Massachusetts; Seth Thaller, M.D., of Florida; and Andrew Wexler, M.D., of California.

“Giving is at the heart of the RealSelf culture, and our team seeks ways to use our scale for good,” founder and CEO Tom Seery tells Cosmetic Surgery Times. “The RealSelf Fellowship is designed to motivate, remind and promote humanitarianism by our large physician community.”

The inaugural fellowship program sprung from RealSelf sponsoring medical trips to remote cities in Vietnam and India. “Those trips demonstrated both the life-transforming care delivered by volunteer surgical teams and the training they impart upon local doctors and surgical teams,” Seery says.

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