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“During a consultation, it’s quite common to hear a patient say they were told there was nothing that could be done,” explains Dr. Matthew Kaufman, “and that traveling across the world to find an answer was worth it.”


Dr. Matthew Kaufman is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction (IFAR), a New Jersey based international center of excellence in the surgical treatment of rare disorders. A full-service reconstructive and plastic surgery center, IFAR is breaking new ground, attracting a global network of clients through the pioneering of nerve and microsurgical procedures.


“We’re at the point in our growth where bridging the gap between our practice and the larger number of international patients who need our services is paramount,” says Kaufman.


What began as a local surgical center 40 years ago now includes a roster of 11 surgeons hand-picked for their training, versatility, and ability to super-specialize.


“Each of us is well versed in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, but individually, we all bring something special to the practice,” continues Kaufman.


Dr. Kaufman is a world-renowned expert in nerve decompression surgery for headaches, treatment for diaphragm paralysis, and phrenic nerve injury treatment. His partners and colleagues specialize in brachial plexus reconstruction, treatment of peripheral neuropathy, stroke treatment, lymphedema

treatment, and orbital decompression to treat graves’ ophthalmopathy—to name a few.


As they continue to field requests for international appointments, Dr. Kaufman, his colleagues, and the staff at IFAR continually update their model of international patient care.


“In the beginning, we were happy just healing someone who traveled thousands of miles to New Jersey, but we’ve learned how robust an international center of excellence must be to properly accommodate patients from around the world.”


IFAR maintains a self-sustaining department for the care of its foreign patients. With an emphasis on comfort, IFAR’s travel coordinators work as liaisons between the patient and the entire process. Taking into account a wide range of prerequisites a patient may have, a liaison will set up everything, from travel accommodations to cultural requirements, to make sure the entirety of a patient’s experience is cared for. In addition to the expected, an IFAR travel coordinator is a specialist in matters related to international insurance obstacles, visa requirements, and treatment financing.


“Last year, surgeons at IFAR performed over 300 super-specialized peripheral nerve surgery procedures, and of that number, 5% were international clients. That percentage does not represent an international demand for what we offer. Rather, it represents a starting point,” says Kaufman. “We aim to be the preferred international affiliate in regards to what we do best because location should not be the determining factor for your health.”