March 31, 2011

Arianna was the star of the show. Being born with a complete bilateral cleft lip can have its advantages, if you want to become a television hit at four months of age. Arianna was featured on a morning television show both before and after her surgery by ICSF. TV cameras also caught her in action drinking milk a day after surgery.

December 16, 2009

Jayson was just one of a number of children who did not receive surgery by ICSF in the May Philippines mission. He, and 130 other children, had registered for the mission in Dipolog, but the ICSF team was unable to accommodate all who came, in spite of working past midnight on several occasions. Dr. Williams explains, "With this large number of kids who showed up to be treated, we could have remedied the problem by cutting down on quality and performing the surgeries quickly. This, however, would have been against ICSF’s principles.

December 13, 2009

ICSF’s donors enabled ICSF medical teams to provide sixty-nine children with free surgery in the Philippines, Bolivia, Peru and Mexico in the third quarter (July-September). “Our donors are unusual and rare folks,” says Dr. Williams. “Every time I see a child with his or her mother after surgery, I think of our donors making all of this possible. It is humbling to see how much folks care about poor kids in distant lands .”

December 11, 2009

Check out ICSF’s new website at -created by Drew Bertola of Sunnyvale, CA and Melissa Ventura of Salinas, CA.

December 11, 2009

I would like to pay a special tribute to some often-neglected but crucial players in the ICSF story; the parents of the children we treat.

December 11, 2009

When a Provo, Utah Cub Scout pack learned about ICSF and the chance to help kids with facial deformities in poor countries, they decided that they would do whatever was necessary to scrape up enough money for one child’s surgery ($250).

October 26, 2009
In the News

Readers Digest features Dr. Williams, ICSF, in their March 2009 edition [read article].

UPDATE: Dr. Williams is also covered in the Mexican magazine Selecciones in October of 2009.

September 28, 2009

In all ICSF missions, local doctors are trained during the performing of the surgeries, with the goal that they will eventually take over the treatment of children residing in their respective countries and provide care at the same standard as that enjoyed by children in the US.

July 01, 2009

April 29th marked the dedication of the newly-completed clinic of one of ICSF’s partner organizations, Fundaccion, a Bolivian charity providing reconstructive surgery to indigent patients.

June 30, 2009

The International Children's Surgical Foundation (ICSF), a Boise-based charity which travels to developing countries to provide free surgery for children with cleft lips and other disfigurements, was recently awarded a $15,000 joint grant from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Smile Train.

Design by Melissa Ventura, Development by Drew Bertola and Walter Martin.