Medical Team

CRISP's medical team volunteer their services and cover their own travel expenses.  Their work is limited without your generous donations.  We can't do it without you!  Please help by making a donation now.

 

CRISP’s “core” team is comprised of anesthesiologists and surgeons from Stanford University, Kaiser-Permanente, several current and former Fellows In Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery of the UCLA Medical Center, Fellows in Orbito-Plastic Surgery of JSEI - UCLA Medical Center, Ohio State Medical Center, Jefferson Medical Center in Philadelphia, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the founders’ son, Dr. ­ Casey Strahan, who practices otolaryngology (ear, nose & throat specialist) in Vail, Colorado.   These core team members are truly the “crème de le crème” of unselfish, hard-working, dedicated volunteers who have the welfare of the kids, under their care, as their number one concern. 

 

CRISP’s surgeons perform approximately 40-50 reconstructive operations per trip.  The teams are composed of anesthesiologists, surgeons, nurses, dentists and usually several medical students.  

 

 


Ronald Strahan, MD and the co-founder of the CRISP Foundation, has been in private practice on the Westside of Los Angeles for 30 plus years (website: http://www.timelessbeautyforyou.net/). Dr. Strahan is actively involved in training young physicians in the Facial Plastic and Orbito-Plastic Fellowship program at UCLA Medical Center; one of the top three medical centers in the United States. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Strahan has received numerous honors and awards. In 2006, he was voted one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons of 2006 by the Consumers Research Council of America. For the past 30 years, Dr. Strahan has been leading medical mission trips in the U.S and abroad. For the past five years, he has focused CRISP’s team on the community and outlying villages of the town Mazatenango, Guatemala. See C.V.


Jeffrey Hall, MD, is Assistant Clinical Professor at Ohio State University, Department of Otolaryngology, and also has a private practice in Columbus, Ohio. He received his training with the Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He is a member of American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, American Medical Association and the Ohio State Medical Association. Since 2003, Dr. Hall has accompanied the CRISP team to Guatemala 12 times. CRISP’s mission is a family affair with the Halls. Both his wife, Dr. Kelly Hall, and his father, Tim Hall, DDS, work in CRISP’s family medical clinic and dental clinic, respectively. See C.V.


Jesse Smith, MD, is part of a large group practicing around the Ft. Worth, TX area. He completed his training with the Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He currently teaches at the Southwest Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Jesse is a core member of the CRISP team having made over 10 trips to Guatemala. See C.V.  See Website.

Ryan Heffelfinger, MD, is an instructor at Thomas Jefferson University – Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, PA, where he also received his medical degree and served his residency. He completed his training with the Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Heffelfinger is board-certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, American Rhinologic Society and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
David Glenn, MD, is an anesthesiologist practicing in the San Francisco Bay area. He received his medical degree and interned in surgery at Harvard Medical School. His residency in Anesthesiology was completed at the University of Colorado where he also completed a Fellowship in Cardiac and Transplantation Anesthesia. His second Fellowship in Peri-Operative Management and Healthcare Economics was completed through the Department of Anesthesia, Stanford Medical School, Stanford University. Dr. Glenn has accompanied CRISP on nearly every trip to Guatemala and provides the quality of work necessary for infants.
Kelly Hall, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Ohio State University. She is board-certified by the American Board of Family Practice Ohio. She completed two residencies in Obstetrics-Gynecology and Family and Community Medicine at Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Along with her husband, Jeff Hall, she accompanies the CRISP team working in family medical clinics in rural villages in Guatemala. See C.V.

Timothy Hall, DDS, is a periodontist practicing in Columbus, OH. He has made multiple trips to Guatemala with CRISP’s team to provide dental clinics in Mazatenango and the rural areas surrounding it. After surgeries to repair the cleft palate are complete, dental work is imperative to provide CRISP’s patients with a set of teeth that are capable of chewing properly. Dr. Hall has also led and organized community service projects through his Rotary Club in Columbus, OH to provide a clean water system for the Mazatenango area. He is the father and father-in-law to CRISP’s other team members Jeff and Kelly Hall, respectively.

P. Daniel Knott, MD, is an Associate Staff Member in the Department of Head and Neck Institute at Cleveland Clinic's main campus (website: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). He is board-certified by the American board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. He completed his training with the Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Rhinologic Society. Dr. Knott speaks fluent English, French and Swedish and has proficiency in Spanish and German. See C.V.

R. Casey Strahan, MD, has been with the Vail Valley Ear, Nose and Throat Group in Edwards, CO since 2002. He is board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Strahan is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, American Medical Association, and the Colorado Medical Society. See C.V.

Tanuj Nakra, MD, is currently with Texas Oculoplastic Consultants in Austin, TX (website: http://toccareaustin.com). He completed his training with a three year Fellowship in Orbito-Plastic Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He is active in several medical organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons.

Ronald Mancini, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to Fellowship training at UCLA in Oculofacial and Orbital surgery, he completed additional training in Cosmetic Facial Surgery with Dr. Ron Strahan. His clinical practice is limited to Oculoplastic and Cosmetic Facial Surgery. He is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Mancini has traveled to Guatemala with the CRISP Foundation on their last two trips. See C.V.

Manoj Abraham, MD, is in private practice, in upstate New York, specializing in Facial Plastic, Reconstructive and Laser Surgery and he is teaches at New York University Medical Center as an Assistant Clinical Professor (website: www.NYfaceMD.com). He completed his training with the Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Abraham’s affiliations with numerous organizations include, but not limited to, the American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association and the American Rhinologic Society. See C.V.

Grigoriy Mashkevich, MD, is presently a faculty member at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary (Assistant Professor, Division of Facial Plastic Surgery) specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Mashkevich completed his training with the Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, American Medical Association, New York Facial Plastic Surgery Society and the Medical Society of the State of New York. See C.V.

Michael Reilly, MD, is currently Assistant Professor at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He, as many others on CRISP’s team, was honored and completed a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA Medical Center.See C.V.
Steven Jordan Ellstrom, MD.See C.V.