Team Member Profile_India 2015 – Dr. Hanif Ukani

Hanif Ukani_SmilingHello. I’m Hanif. This is my third mission with ORC. My interest in cleft lip and palate, and humanitarian work started in medical school when I was fortunate enough to participate in a plastic surgery mission in the Philippines. This experience motivated my career path, to become a plastic surgeon.

I am currently head of plastic surgery at Royal Columbian and Eagle Ridge Hospitals in Greater Vancouver. I also operate at False Creek Surgical Centre.

Now, fifteen years later, I feel very fortunate to be a member of ORC and to give something back to the global community. I feel especially grateful to Dr. Rai and Dr. Bhanji for their mentorship, and to Dr. Chitte my dear colleague.

This mission to India has a special place in my heart. My great grandmother was born in India, about 8 hours drive from our current site. And it is has been very exciting for me to treat the kids and adults here that we have seen here. We are now midway through our mission, and I’m happy, I feel we’re making a positive difference.

I am very thankful to my wife and children for their support. Although spending this time away from home is difficult, they have been so very supportive of this endeavor.