Many People, Many Passports is a blog that features stories and reflections by Dr. Donald R. Laub, Sr., a retired plastic surgeon who was the first academic to lead multidisciplinary teams on reconstructive surgery missions to developing countries. As the founder of Interplast, the world’s first organization to provide free reconstructive surgery in developing countries, he is a pioneer in the field of international humanitarian surgery.
This blog aims to capture the ups and downs, the golden years, the friendships forged, the lives transformed, the mistakes made, and the lessons learned over seven decades of a remarkable life and career. We have not forgotten the mistakes and what we have learned from each of the 159 trips. The purpose of the blog is to bring what we have learned from mistakes to you. These are more than just stories; together, they embody the development of a philosophy shared by a group of like-minded people.
While the philosophy itself is intangible, its reflections exist in forms that are very real: in his friends and family, in the patients that Dr. Laub himself healed, in the tens of thousands of humanitarian surgical operations that sprung from the organization he founded, in all the people he has inspired with his singular vision, and in the countless others that those people have gone on to touch. While the numbers are impressive, the full impact of his vision is incalculable.
In Dr. Laub’s own words, the true authors of his stories are many people holding many passports. He has gained much wisdom from numerous individuals traveling on diverse paths, whose stories will unfold here. In a way, they, too are responsible for every word published on this blog. They have each had a part in molding the spirit that Dr. Laub injected into his humanitarian work. His duty now is to pass on this spirit that is so difficult to put down on paper.
How to Navigate Many People, Many Passports
The menu bar directly below the “Many People, Many Passports” header image artwork of a cleft lip and above this text, is the primary means of navigating among different sections in this blog. We encourage you to explore the site by selecting words in the header, not the words on the right hand sidebar under “Pages.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS – Presents the table of contents, with the most recently published stories appearing at the top, as well as menus categorizing the different stories based on subject.
Stories are also organized by country, “STORIES BY PASSPORT” and by the people, “STORIES OF MANY PERSONS” (found in the header).
In Addition to the main menu presented under the header, there is a collection of links to the right of every page that you can use to navigate the blog.
How to Stay Connected
There are different means of contacting Dr. Laub and staying connected available throughout the blog.
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