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Philanthropy is a cornerstone of Dr. Pearson's practice.

Through participation in international medical mission work, Dr. Pearson has helped to transform the lives of children born with facial malformations such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and ear malformations (microtia). By restoring facial form and function, children born with facial birth defects benefit not only from an improved appearance, but also from increased self confidence and social acceptance. During recent surgical missions to Asia, Central America and South America, Dr. Pearson has treated hundreds of patients and helped to educate local surgeons.

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Dr. Pearson is an active member of HUGS whose mission is to deliver medical care to children and adolescents challenged by a wide array of physical  conditions remedied through surgery. HUGS' mission is performed by providing remedial surgery on children in developing countries who have microtia, a congenital condition, facial burns and other health conditions.

HUGS was founded by internationally-renown facial plastic surgeon, Vito C. Quatela, MD with the idea that every child has the fundamental right to a full and enriching childhood. Every girl and boy should experience play, follow his or her curiosity, feel secure, and know joy.

Since 2003, the HUGS foundation has sent hundreds of medical volunteers on dozens of missions and conducted over a thousand surgical procedures on the children who need it most.

Watch a short video to see how we Help Give Smiles to children around the world. Antigua, Guatemala 2014

Currently, HUGS coordinates annual surgical missions to Ecuador, Guatemala and Vietnam.

Read more about the lives we touch





What is Microtia ?

Microtia is a term referring to a malformed or poorly-developed external ear. While it is relatively uncommon, it appears to be more prevalent in Central and South America than in North America. Both genetic and environmental factors are thought to play a role in the development of the anomaly, though a specific genetic marker has not been found.

The HUGS organization has evolved into one of the most experienced and prolific groups in the world in terms of microtia operations performed.



How is Microtia Surgery Performed ?

  • (Above) Upper left: Ear prior to surgery
  • Upper right: Rib cartilage harvested from patient
  • Lower left: Ear framework constructed
  • Lower right: Ear appearance at the end of surgery. The framework is implanted in a skin pocket where the ear should be positioned


(Below) During the first stage of microtia surgery, an ear framework is constructed from rib cartilage and surgically implanted under the skin. When suction is applied to the skin pocket, the thin overlying skin is brought into contact with that underlying framework revealing the shape, contours, and proportion characteristic of a normal ear.




HUGS in the Media

Guatemala, 2018. A Mission to Change Lives Forever. Reporter Doug Emblidge from ABC affiliate WHAM in New York profiles HUGS' work.

Hanoi, Vietnam, 2014. Reporter Jason Nguyen from ABC News traveled with HUGS to Vietnam to document HUGS' work.


Photos from Antigua, Guatemala - 2014 HUGS mission

For more information, or for other ways to donate to this organization, speak to any of our staff or visit helpusgivesmiles.org.



Faces of Honor

In addition, Dr. Pearson is a partner in the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery's Faces of Honor program, which offers pro bono medical and surgical expertise to veterans who were deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan and received face or neck injuries. For more information about Faces of Honor, visit facesofhonor.org



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