Information about Dr. Andrew Jacono’s charitable and philanthropy pursuits.
Philanthropy: A Cornerstone of Dr. Jacono’s Practice
Dr. Jacono is one of the most accomplished facial plastic surgeons in the world. With an office on New York City’s Park Avenue and a roster of high-profile clients, he is renowned as a master technician and an anti-aging beauty expert.
As celebrated as he is for his cosmetic enhancements, Dr. Jacono is just as committed to helping the less fortunate. He offers care to those who have suffered facial disfigurement and lack access to adequate treatment.
Domestically, Dr. Jacono performs pro bono surgery on victims of domestic violence. These people have sustained significant facial injuries and do not have the means for more expensive plastic surgery. Internationally, Dr. Jacono performs reconstructive plastic surgery on individuals who have been disfigured by birth defects, trauma, cancer, and war. He regularly embarks on medical missions to countries like Colombia, Ecuador, and even Thailand. He operates on children with cleft lips, cleft palates, and microtia.
A Champion for Domestic Violence Victims
Dr. Jacono has a long history of philanthropic work. Early in his career, he was deeply moved by a patient who was a victim of domestic violence. She inspired him to rally against this silent epidemic of abuse and put forth his skills to improve lives. Since then, he has been the national chairman of the “FACE TO FACE” Committee for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). “FACE TO FACE” is a national project that offers pro bono consultation and surgery to victims of domestic violence. Dr. Jacono is now Senior Advisor to this organization.
Dr. Jacono has performed pro bono surgery on dozens of female survivors, though his commitment goes beyond the operating room. For the last decade, he has chaired ABOUT FACE, an annual benefit for domestic abuse survivors. His contributions to women’s welfare have been recognized by U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and by the Center for the Women of New York.
In 2010, television networks Discovery Fit & Health and OWN became aware of Dr. Jacono’s charitable work. They approached him with the opportunity to chronicle the stories of domestic violence survivors in a new program. FACING TRAUMA premiered in October 2011, and followed the harrowing stories of women left disfigured by violent circumstances as they struggled to reconstruct their lives both physically and emotionally. From the initial consultation to the final reveal, FACING TRAUMA followed Dr. Jacono and his team as they worked to heal internal and external scars.
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Correcting Birth Defects Through Philanthropy
Dr. Jacono also extends his philanthropy across the globe as a volunteer surgeon for Beyond Our Borders. This non-profit organization brings underprivileged children from developing nations to the United States for reconstructive surgery. Usually, these children have been disfigured by cancer, trauma, and birth defects. Some have been incapacitated by war.
Additionally, Dr. Jacono serves as a volunteer for Healing the Children, an organization that coordinates medical missions to developing countries. On these trips, Dr. Jacono performs surgery on children who would not otherwise have access to quality care. He has been on dozens of missions, most recently to Quito, Ecuador, where he performed operations on children with cleft lips, cleft palates, and microtia. Microtia is a condition in which people are born without one ear or, in some cases, without both ears. During surgery, Dr. Jacono sculpts a new ear using rib cartilage and attaches it to the side of the head. After treatment, patients look like they were born with both ears.
Dr. Jacono typically goes on two medical missions per year. He is proud to raise money for these causes, accepting sponsorships for marathon runs and mountain ascents.
Below is a collection of photographs of children who were born with cleft lip and palate deformities. Dr. Jacono performed surgery on all of them. These particular birth defects occur during the first three months of pregnancy, and make it difficult for children to eat, drink, speak, and breathe.
During many of his mission trips, Dr. Jacono performs microtia surgeries on children who were born without one ear or in some cases both ears. For these microtia cases, Dr. Jacono surgically creates a new ear using rib cartilage from the patient. The end results allow the child to look like they were born with both ears at birth.
Long Island Girl Faces School With New Confidence.
Thanks to plastic surgery, she had a disfiguring tumor removed from her cheek. Dr Jacono performs surgery pro-bono.
Reconstruction after Hit and Run Accident.
An orphaned African girl who lost part of her scalp and most of her right ear in a 2004 hit-and-run accident is looking ahead to life in America after receiving pro bono plastic surgery at Schneider Children’s Hospital thanks to Dr. Jacono.
Dr. Jacono’s pioneering facial reconstructive surgery was featured on the frontpage of Newsday.
By using bone harvested from his patient’s skull and cartilage from her ears, he was able to rebuild and restore her face. The story was also featured in the Daily News, on Fox 5 News, Channel 55, Channel 12 News, and 1010 Wins and WCBS Radio.