Monterey Oral Surgery recognizes the importance of giving back. By supporting charitable organizations, we strive to share our expertise, experience and education to benefit our community, both locally and internationally. Our key focus is on the areas of dental education, dental volunteerism and community involvement. Please ask us about what you can do to help us with this effort.
International Health Emissaries (IHE)
International Health Emissaries (IHE) is a private non-profit non-government organization (NGO) that provides dental care to the under served population throughout the world. While providing healthcare is the primary goal of IHE, it is also an opportunity for citizens of foreign countries to have a positive relationship with our American volunteers.
Dr. Bhaskar has volunteered with International Health Emissaries to provide oral surgical care for the under served population in Guatemala, Cambodia, Belize and Ecuador. He has also traveled to Mexico, Haiti and the Bahamas for other dental volunteer trips.
Major General Surindar N. Bhaskar, USA (Ret.) DDS, MS, PhD Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Philip Bhaskar has created an academic scholarship endowment in the name of his father, Dr. Surindar Bhaskar, at the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry. Major General Bhaskar was an Oral Pathologist, an Educator, a Periodontist, an Author and the first Asian-born General in the United States Military. Dr. Bhaskar served as the Chief of Oral Pathology, Director of the United States Army Institute of Dental Research, Director of Medical Personnel, Chief of the United States Army Dental Corps and the Assistant Surgeon General for Dental Services. He was awarded the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Dr. Bhaskar was also a professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and Dentistry. He wrote over 200 scientific papers and 4 text books, including the Synopsis of Oral Pathology, Oral Histology and Embryology, Synopsis of Oral Histology, and Radiographic Interpretation for the Dentist. He also contributed to 8 dental text books and was an internationally recognized lecturer.
After retiring from the U.S. Army, Dr. Bhaskar continued his passion for learning and entered a residency to obtain a Certificate in Periodontics at the UCLA School of Dentistry-VAMC Wadsworth. Upon completion in 1980, Dr. Bhaskar moved to Monterey, California to practice Periodontics with the Monterey Peninsula Dental Group.
He continued to lecture throughout the country on both Oral Pathology and Periodontics. Dr. Bhaskar was considered one of the top lecturers in the country and delivered more than 10,000 hours of education. He enjoyed teaching as much as caring for his patients. The Scholarship Endowment is meant to assist students at the University of Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry with limited financial means to achieve their professional goals. To contribute to this endowment go to:
Monterey Oral Surgery contributes annually to the following organizations:
- Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
- The Food Bank for Monterey County
- The YMCA of the Monterey Peninsula
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County (BGCMC)
- International Health Emissaries
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