UHMLA stands for Unidad Hospitalaria Movil Latinoamerica or Latin America Mobile Hospital Unit. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that mobilizes surgeons, nurses, medical professionals, and a network of volunteers to execute medical [service] trips throughout Latin America.
Our mission and vision is to bring healthcare to Latin America where it is needed most by delivering medical and surgical care through periodic and scheduled visits to underserved areas.
We have now operated on more than 100 patients in Guatemala and Honduras, where we have established sites for repeated visits. In partnership with the Asociación Compañeros para Cirugía (ACPA) in Guatemala and Hombro a Hombro (HaH) en Honduras we have been able to reach Mayans from the most impoverished areas in Central America. We are working on developing sites in South América, beginning with Ecuador and Perú. Ultimately, we envision U.H.M.L.A. to be in constant motion from Country to Country and ready to respond to emergency such as those produced by natural disasters in the region.
We believe that crossing borders to relieve suffering builds long lasting relationships amongst our doctors, Latin American doctors, and patients, fostering improved medical attention in underserved populations in Latin America.
We foresee a bright future for UHMLA. It is the UHMLA Board's hope to eventually develop a caravan-type service to be able to provide efficient and swift relief to different communities in Central and South America, including emergency relief. Follow UHMLA as we grow this organization and please contact us if you'd like to get involved!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
ROLANDO ROLANDELLI, MD, FACS, Morristown Medical Center
EDWARD MCLEAN, MD, FACS, Morristown Medical Center
WILLIAM DIEHL, MD, FACS, Morristown Medical Center
GERALD LEFEVER, MD, PHD, Morristown Medical Center
ANDRES CASTELLANOS, MD, FACS, Hahnemann University Hospital
MICHAEL BADELLINO,MD, FACS, Lehigh Valley Hospital
FELIX GARCIA PEREZ, MD, FACS, Jersey Shore Medical Center
In order to continue making this difference in people’s lives, U.H.M.L.A. needs your support. On April 27th, 2017 we will be hosting a reception to honor Dr. Gerald Lefever, one of our Board Members. Dr. Lefever is an anesthesiologist who over the past 2 decades has done 27 missions in 13 countries extending over 4 continents. For the last 2 years he has been coming along with U.H.M.L.A. passing along his extensive expertise to young anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetist. Aside from his commitment to Global Surgery Gerry is wonderful individual who actively participates in multiple community activities.
Please join us to honor Gerry for his role in Global Surgery and Teaching new generation of doctors and nurses going on missions throughout the world