Physicians for Peace
500 E. Main Street, #900
Norfolk VA 23510-2205
Mission Statement

Physicians for Peace transforms lives by training, supporting and empowering healthcare professionals working with the world's underserved populations.

CEO/Executive Director Lisa Arfaa
Board Chair Allan Goldberg M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Merck and Co., Inc.
Contact Information
Address 500 E. Main Street, #900
Norfolk, VA 235102205
Telephone 757 625-7569
Fax 757 625-7680
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,200,000.00
Projected Expenses $950,000.00

Physicians for Peace transforms lives by training, supporting and empowering healthcare professionals working with the world's underserved populations.


Physicians for Peace is an international non-profit organization providing critical education and training to healthcare professionals in developing regions. For the past 25 years, Physicians for Peace has developed long-term, sustainable, replicable, and evidence-based training programs, helping underserved communities build local capability and capacity. In 2014, we trained more than 3,280 therapists, doctors and nurses in 12 countries around the world and provided evaluations and care for more than 9,500 patients. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., Physicians for Peace has field offices in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.

  • $2.6 million dollar total operating budget. 
  • Each Physicians for Peace mission costs an average of $25,000.
  • The travel expense to send one volunteer International Medical Educator overseas averages $1,000.
Background Physicians for Peace was founded in 1989, dedicated to the ideal that healthcare in the developing world can best be improved by providing training and education to healthcare professionals in those countries. When we send one volunteer medical professional overseas, that person might train 10 of their peers in-country, who will later heal thousands or tens of thousands of patients in the world's most underserved populations.
CEO Statement
Physicians for Peace believes that when you heal someone, you help one person; but when you teach someone to heal, you can help many more. By focusing on long-term, sustainable, replicable medical education and training, we send teams of medical volunteers including physicians, dentists, nurses, physical therapists, physician assistants and other healthcare professionals to places where their teaching and healing skills are needed most. Since its inception, Physicians for Peace has made hundreds of trips to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and beyond, changing the lives of local healthcare providers and their patients along the way. But we can only carry out this work with your support. Your gifts of time, materials and funding allow us to continue providing critical care and education in the developing world. We thank you for that support.
Board Chair Statement
Each year, Physicians for Peace sends volunteer teams of surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers on health care training missions to countries in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
But volunteers can't stay on their missions forever. At Physicians for Peace, we want to empower medical professionals in the developing world to work on their own. When Physicians for Peace volunteers leave a mission site, they make sure the clinic staff is better trained to handle the next patient who arrives. The goal is to create well-trained teams that can meet the needs of their community. 
In every country, Physicians for Peace partners with hospitals, clinics and other organizations that have asked for support. Physicians for Peace works with these organizations to determine how best to address health care education gaps.
Reliable, consistent funds are so important to our missions. Your money will go to people in need. Our work continues with your gift today. One person can help heal the world. You can be that person.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Since 1989 volunteers for the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization have conducted medical missions in more than 60 countries.  With its headquarters in Norfolk, Va., Physicians for Peace currently has programs in 22 countries and offices in the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.
Board Chair
Board Chair Allan Goldberg M.D.
Company Affiliation Merck and Co., Inc.
Term Oct 2014 to Nov 2016
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Christine Neikirk
Company Affiliation Community Leader
Board of Directors
Board Members
Richard A. Austin CPAKPMG, LLP
Huda M. Ayas MHSA, MBA, EdDGeorge Washington University
Gary W. Boswick CFPBB&T
Bryant Cannon California Department of Justice
Kathleen M. Casey MD, FACSDirector, Operation Giving Back, American College of Surgeons (Chicago, IL)
Lawrence B. Colen MD, FACSNorfolk Plastic Surgery (Norfolk, VA)
Allan Irving Goldberg MDRegional Direcor, Scientific Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc.
Atul Grover MD, PhDAssociation of American Colleges
Nancy Jallo RNC, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BCVirginia Commonwealth University
Jayne T. "Jay" Keith No Affiliation
Shelley C. Mishoe PhD, FAARCOld Dominion University
Eid M. Mustafa M.D., F.A.C.S.Plastic Surgery Center, Wichita Falls, TX
Christine Neikirk Community Leader
Carmen Hooker Odom President, Milbank Memorial Fund (NY, NY)
William C. Oglesby III CPAKPMG LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Lisa Arfaa

Ms. Arfaa joins Physicians for Peace with a successful track record in nonprofit leadership, as well as extensive fiscal and fundraising experience and a passion for global health.

Prior to joining Physicians for Peace, Ms. Arfaa has spent more than 20 years leading teams in established and new business models. She previously served as CEO of Leadership Connection, managing the organization’s strategic growth and operations efforts. She also served as Vice President of Welch Way at the Jack Welch Management Institute, improving the business performance of client’s management teams. She currently serves on the board of ArtSpire.

Arfaa is a graduate of Smith College and The George Washington University, where she earned a Master of Arts in Political Management. Ms. Arfaa succeeds Ron Sconyers who retired from Physicians for Peace after 11 years of service.

Senior Staff
Jamie Morgan Senior Director, Financial & Resource Management
Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 250
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
InterAction - Member2000
The Burn Care program began when Physicians for Peace founder Dr. Charles E. Horton, Sr. visited Nicaragua in 1992. Based on the medical education needs he identified, a team of surgeons traveled to Managua in 1994 on an official Physicians for Peace burn mission, seeking to advance medical expertise and upgrade patient care. Since then, the PFP Burn Care Program has improved the health and well being of thousands of pediatric burn victims by advancing the capabilities of the in-country burn care staff and facilities throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Physicians for Peace offers medical providers classroom and hands-on instruction in the areas of burn care and prevention, rehabilitative therapy, counseling, and reconstructive surgery, as well as consulting in burn care infrastructure projects.
In addition to medical education and care Physicians for Peace helped to facilitate the Asociación Centroamericana y del Caribe de Quemaduras (ACCQ) (Central American and Caribbean Burn Association) in 2006. 
Budget $425,000.00
Short Term Success In countries where PFP currently serves, education and training efforts are focused to provide each facility the capability to increase its phase level of sustainability (phases outlined below). Physicians for Peace organizes and plans its missions in partnership with the Burn Consortium network to bring the needed tools and skills to each country. 
Long Term Success
Our ultimate goal is to achieve self-sustaining programs, achieved by enhancing the level of attention provided in each area of care.
The phases of sustainability are outlined below. These phase levels are applied across all areas of focus in the Burn Care program including nursing, rehabilitation, psycho-social, prevention and surgery:
  1. Phase 1: Basic care is delivered at a beginner level.  Safety and basic skills and concepts need to be reviewed.  Care plan is general and not individualized.  Able to marginally complete competent safe care; care is either mentored and/or learned by experience.
  2. Phase 2:   Intermediate care is delivered. Individualized patient needs identified and met.  Deliberate planning.
  3. Phase 3: Ability to identify and anticipate patient needs by recognizing patterns and responses typical to a specific situation; conscious recognition of outcomes and long term goal. Initiating teaching, moving into advanced skills and intervention.  Awareness of professional needs and solutions for barriers to care.
  4. Phase 4: Developing as a medical professional, teaching, community advocacy, educational support, critical care competency.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Physicians for Peace has 7 core programs that we operate in countries of need:
  • Maternal and Child Health – midwifery training, PALS/NRP courses, a mentorship program for teenage mothers, designed to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates. 
  • Burn Care- training in the full contiuum of care and prevention of burns. 
  • Walking Free – training in amputee care through physical therapy, rehabilitation, and prosthetics. 
  • Seeing Clearly – eye examinations, glasses and surgery.
  • Dental Care – training on proper hygience and exam techniques. 
  • Specialized surgery – surgical training and care including cardiac, urology and gynecology, cleft palate, and limb reconstruction.
  • Post-Graduate Medical Education – partnering with medical education institutions to support graduate surgical and pediatric training.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,200,000.00
Projected Expenses $950,000.00
Endowment Value $40,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$474,007$961,089$1,154,560
Investment Income, Net of Losses$387,138$910,590$371,210
Membership Dues------
Special Events$171,367$182,468($15,849)
Revenue In-Kind$1,215,774$4,374,644$15,770,547
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$3,543,244$11,423,495$9,145,383
Administration Expense$358,105$435,894$386,884
Fundraising Expense$806,298$743,534$408,988
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.530.511.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%91%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue94%65%36%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$9,392,856$11,661,749$17,799,565
Current Assets$3,329,968$4,075,178$9,440,513
Long-Term Liabilities----$0
Current Liabilities$108,063$141,977$122,054
Total Net Assets$9,284,793$11,519,772$17,677,511
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities30.8228.7077.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 8/2014View
Foundation Comments
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" includes support from individuals.