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Bob Burns, PhD, MD, FACS


Dr. Robert Burns, Treasurer of Plasticos Foundation, has been a general and vascular surgeon in southern California since 1982. His training in medicine followed a doctorate in physics at UCLA where he also completed his General Surgery residency. He helped start the Beckman Laser Institute at UCI as an adviser.

Dr. Burns has traveled extensively in developing countries, including site visits for future medical missions on behalf of Plasticos Foundation. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Burns has been included in “The Best Doctors in America” by the publication of the same name for several years.

On the Plasticos’ trip to the Amazon in November of 2002, Dr. Burns contributed to the 60 surgeries that were performed in only five days. He was instrumental in establishing future contacts with remote jungle villages for the purpose of examining and selecting surgical candidates to be operated on in the next Plasticos mission to the Amazon region.

Bob is active in recruiting credentialed, experienced and extremely qualified medical personnel for Plasticos teams. He also spearheads the donation of surgical equipment and supplies from hospitals and manufacturers of medical instruments. This has resulted in the donation of complete Endoscopic Surgical instrumentation to equip a mobile OR which travels to remote areas of Ecuador and Ultrasound Scanning Machine to the Amazon region.


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