HONOREE Ricardo Bennun

Dr. Ricardo Bennun is the founder of Asociación PIEL, a healthcare facility for children in a poor district of Buenos Aires.  He first received the World of Children Health Award in 2007. In 2015, Dr. Bennun was honored with the Alumni Award at the inaugural Alumni Honors in Beverly Hills, CA.

Passing up a prestigious position at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Ricardo Bennun opted to provide free surgery to correct cleft lips and palates to the poor children in his native Argentina.

In 1995, in the midst of the collapse of Argentina’s economy, Dr. Bennun created Asociación PIEL to provide hope for children born with devastating birth defects. He enlisted the help of the entire community to make this happen. “We bought an old house in one of the poorest locations outside Buenos Aires,” Dr. Bennun said. “We asked families to help us remodel it and fellow surgeons to provide free surgery for the first year of operation.” Since 1995, more than 2,000 patients suffering congenital malformations, tumors and other facial deformities have been treated, rehabilitated and socially reintegrated free of charge.

Recognition at the 2007 World of Childrens Ceremony helped Dr. Bennun make the necessary connections to establish the first-ever Post Graduate Training Program in Craniofacial and Pediatric Reconstructive Surgery in Buenos Aires. This new program ensures that there is a new generation of doctors to care for these children when Dr. Bennun is no longer able to. With this new Award funding in 2015, Dr. Bennun will provide life-altering surgery to 500 more children and open an office of speech and audiology therapy.

For more information about Dr. Bennun and Asociación PIEL, visit www.asociacion-piel.org.ar.

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Dr. Ricardo Bennun with Patient
Dr. Bennun with a patient
Honoree Ricardo Bennun
Dr. Bennun at the 2007 Awards Ceremony
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