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Pioneering women in reconstructive surgery

SkinCeuticals has partnered with ReSurge International to advance first-generation women reconstructive surgeons in underserved parts of the world. Together, we created the Pioneering Women in Reconstructive Surgery (PWRS) program to support these women through surgical training, leadership development, and mentorship networking.

Through this initiative, we hope to change the landscape for women surgeons worldwide, enabling them to advance their careers and transform the lives of those in need of life-changing surgical care.

We support her power to become a surgeon, a leader, a mentor, a force…a change in the world.


The need for surgical care

For people in underserved countries who suffer from burn injuries or congenital conditions, a change in their appearance has the power to transform their lives – enabling them to fully participate in their communities, attend school, and provide for their families.

Today 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe, timely surgical care. Today, there are only 3 female surgeons for every 1 million people in low-income countries, often due to lack of equal access to significant technical training or obstacles to gaining acceptance in their field.

SkinCeuticals believes women surgeons in underserved communities have the power to elevate the status quo and help those in need of life-changing surgical care. SkinCeuticals and ReSurge International aim to correct this imbalance by supporting women reconstructive surgeons in underserved parts of the world through leadership, technical training, and mentorship. For more information about ReSurge International visit


Meet the PWRS surgeons behind the mask


Dr. Wone Banda

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital
Blantyre, Malawi

Meet Dr. Wone Banda


Dr. Shikha Gupta

International Training Fellow in Plastic Surgery

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Norwich, United Kingdom

Meet Dr. Shikha Gupta


Dr. Matolase Mtonga

Registrar, Department of Surgery

University Teaching Hospitals
Lusaka, Zambia

Meet Dr. Matolase Mtonga


Dr. Tinga Nyoni

Registrar, Plastic Surgery Department

Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals
Harare, Zimbabwe

Meet Dr. Tinga Nyoni


Dr. Leeza Pradhan

Senior Registrar Department of Burn, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

University Teaching Hospitals
Lusaka, Zambia

Meet Dr. Leeza Pradhan


Dr. Ugyen Wangmo


Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Referral Hosptial
Thimpu, Bhutan

Meet Dr. Ugyen Wangmo

Meet the inaugural PWRS class of reconstructive surgeons


Dr. Lorena Escudero Castro

Plastic Surgeon

Luis Vernaza Hospital
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Meet Dr. Lorena Escudero Castro


Dr. Farzana Bilquis Ibrahim

Plastic Surgeon

Birdem General Hospital
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Meet Dr. Farzana Bilquis Ibrahim


Dr. Celma Marina Teles Issufo

Plastic Surgery Service Director

Maputo Central Hospital
Maputo, Mozambique

Meet Dr. Celma Marina Teles Issufo


Dr. Pramila Shakya

Reconstructive Surgeon

Kirtipur Hospital
Kathmandu, Nepal

Meet Dr. Pramila Shakya


Dr. Shilu Shrestha

Orthopedic Hand Surgeon

Baidya and Banskota Hospital
Kathmandu, Nepal

Meet Dr. Shilu Shrestha

How you can support her impact

Support comes in many forms:

  • Donate to ReSurge International through the SkinCeuticals checkout
  • Donate directly to ReSurge International
  • Share the story of other powerful women physicians you know who are making a change by tagging #WomenSurgeOn

C E Ferulic supports PWRS


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1surgical kit to
treat 15 patients


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surgery by
our surgeons

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