Our Mission: To fund and sponsor international surgical medical missions of doctors and other supporting medical professionals to provide hand surgery for individuals who otherwise may not be helped

Who We Are: Organized and led by Dr. Grant Thomson, his team of surgeons travels to developing countries and performs hand surgery primarily on children.
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Organized and led by Dr. Grant Thomson, his team of surgeons and health care professionals travels to developing nations and performs hand surgery on children and adults.

Patients travel for miles for treatment. The trips include a complete team of professionals including surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, nurses and physical therapists. We bring many of the supplies and medicines needed for the surgery.


Founder and President

Grant Thomson, MD
Dr Thomson is Associate Professor of Surgery on the full-time faculty in the Section of Plastic Surgery at Yale University, and he is the Program Director for the Yale Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship. He teaches residents, medical students and hand fellows, performs research, and has a busy clinical practice. He has been involved with expeditionary surgical missions since 1995, and has led teams of professionals to San Pedro Sula, Honduras and Managua, Nicaragua each year starting in 1998 for the purpose of providing free hand surgery to patients who would not otherwise get care. Dr Thomson is the founder and president of Hand Help, Inc, Over 1000 patients have benefitted from Dr Thomson�s hand surgery expeditions.


Vice President

Kevin Tomany, MD
Dr Tomany is an Orthopedic Hand Surgeon based in Lowell, Massachusetts, and is the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Lowell General Hospital. He is Vice-President and one of the founding members of Hand Help, Inc. He has been an essential member of the surgical team since 2000.



John Tangredi
John Tangredi recently retired from his appointment as Head Nurse at the Smilow Cancer Center and Yale/New Haven Hospital. He is Secretary/Treasurer and one of the founding members of Hand Help, Inc. The most essential member of the team, Mr Tangredi tirelessly collects and organizes a tremendous volume of equipment and supplies for Hand Help, Inc and other volunteer organizations. He has personally participated in more than 100 surgical missions, and has helped thousands of individuals with cleft lip and palate surgery, hand surgery, and reconstructive plastic surgery of other areas.

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Our Partners: Ruth Paz, LGH Hospital, Teleton, Yale New Haven, Aleman Hospital

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