What We Do
Thanks to a global network of volunteer experts, host partners, academic institutions, and generous supporters, we work to increase access to quality urological care in medically underserved areas of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Each year, we serve hundreds of children and adults in need while training local doctors and nurses. The training we provide helps ensure that future generations will have access to the life-changing surgical care they need to lead healthy, productive lives.
Who We Are
IVU is committed to making quality urological care available worldwide. In fulfilling this mission, IVU provides medical and surgical education to physicians and nurses and treatment to thousands of children and adults.
Teach One, Reach Many. IVU’s motto reflects the impact that each of our volunteers and donors has on the world. Each person we train has the potential to reach hundreds, even thousands, of children and adults in need. That is the power of your support. Together, we build something that continues beyond the bounds of each individual’s efforts.
Where We Work
We partner with dynamic surgeons in teaching hospitals in low-resource areas of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Overall, we have worked in over 30 countries worldwide to build access to quality surgical care.
Learn more about how you can help advance our mission and Teach One, Reach Many. We organize 25-30 surgical training workshops that cover most urological subspecialties. Get involved today.
“When I reflect on my time in Bhopal, it shines as one of the purest surgical experiences of my life. I will be forever grateful to IVUmed, its donors, and my mentors in Bhopal for an eye-opening experience.”
“While this was my first global health mission, it certainly will not be my last. The people I met and the experiences I had in Mongolia have made an everlasting impact on my life.”
“I’ll keep this experience with me as I navigate my own career and seek out similar service opportunities in the future. I have experienced no better way to feel a true sense of purpose as a surgeon.”
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of these young boys that we have given a new life to is overwhelming. These are the kindest families who are so thankful”
“This was an incredible experience. The need was so great and the local team so enthusiastic and excited to learn. I wish I could have stayed for longer and wish I could go back a few times a year!”
“I really loved the “teach one, reach many” mentality that prevailed throughout the workshop. Even in a few days it was great to see the local surgeons’ and residents’ skills grow and interest in minimally invasive surgery increase.”
“This trip definitely changed the course of my career forever. I can’t wait to visit more countries and would be honored to do so through IVUmed.”
“IVUmed should be congratulated on their continued commitment to providing valuable care to those who need it most. Their mantra ‘Teach One, Reach Many’ remains an important consideration as we forge ahead, seeking ways to collaborate with those less fortunate.”
“I recommend this experience to every urology resident. It’s more than a surgical experience, it’s a humanitarian opportunity that broadened my cultural awareness and motivated me to pursue similar experiences in the future.”
As we look forward, we thought it would be a good time to reflect upon IVU’s mission, our impact, and the relationships we have made.
As IVU’s new interim Executive Director, I am thrilled and honored to join the IVU team that has been providing quality urologic care and education worldwide for over 25 years. My first involvement with IVU was in 2008 when I went on a trip to Kumasi, Ghana as a...
IVU board member and volunteer Dr. Heidi Stephany was featured in the July 2020 edition of The Journal of Urology, the official journal of the American Urological Association. Dr. Stephany’s article, entitled “Trends in Medicine: Virtual Visits, Now and in the...
IVU board members Drs. Scott Eggener and Christina Ching wrote an article entitled "Urologists' Perspectives on Global Volunteerism" for AUA News. The pair began their work with IVU as Resident Scholars. Since then, they've led many workshops around the globe and...
The core mission of IVU is grounded in respect for all people regardless of race, nationality, or beliefs. Humanitarian missions designed to teach one, reach many reflect efforts to help develop local capabilities to treat under-served populations and people in need....
IVU volunteers never cease to amaze us! Gwen & Tim Hutchings, who volunteered at an IVU female urology workshop in Senegal a couple years ago, have created and donated more than 1,100 face masks since the beginning of the pandemic! Their service has drawn national...