Physicians for Peace
520 W 21st Street, Suite G2103
Norfolk VA 23517-2205
Mission Statement

Physicians for Peace educates and empowers local providers of surgical care to alleviate suffering and transform lives in under-resourced communities around the world.

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Malawi surgical resident & PFP surgery educator
CEO/Executive Director James E Morgan
Board Chair Allan Goldberg M.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address 520 W 21st Street, Suite G2103
Norfolk, VA 235172205
Telephone 757 625-7569
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1989
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $370,000.00

Physicians for Peace educates and empowers local providers of surgical care to alleviate suffering and transform lives in under-resourced communities around the world.


Physicians for Peace is an international non-profit organization providing critical surgical education and training to healthcare professionals in developing regions. For more than 25 years, Physicians for Peace has developed long-term, sustainable, replicable, and evidence-based training programs, helping under-resourced communities build local capability and capacity using the "teach the trainer" model. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., Physicians for Peace's current programs are in Malawi, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries.

  • 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 connect International Medical Educators (IMEs) with their counterparts and colleagues, the impact of that relationship increases exponentially as local healthcare providers train others and ultimately heal tens of thousands of patients in the world's most under-resourced populations.
CEO Statement
Our founder, Dr. Charles Horton, Jr. believed in the impact of "teach one. heal many." When you perform lifesaving surgery on a patient, you change that person's life forever. But when you teach someone to heal, you change the health of the community forever. By focusing on long-term, sustainable, replicable medical education and training, Physicians for Peace collaborates with healthcare professionals in under-resourced communities to increase surgical skills and capacity in the local community.
Since 1989, Physicians for Peace has made hundreds of trips to Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, changing the lives of both our International Medical Educators (IMEs) and their local colleagues and their patients. Our work is possible through your support. Your financial gifts are channeled directly into program funds that provide critical medical care and education in the developing world. We thank you for that support.
Board Chair Statement
Each year, Physicians for Peace supports IME teams of surgeons, nurses, and allied health care professionals who collaborate with local health care professionals in under-resourced communities in Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.
At Physicians for Peace, we work with local medical professionals in these communities to increase skills and capacity. When Physicians for Peace IMEs leave a training 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, IMEs have conducted medical training and education in collaboration with partners in more than 60 countries. With its headquarters in Norfolk, Va., Physicians for Peace currently has programs in 10 countries and affiliations in Malawi, the Dominican Republic, Columbia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica.
Board Chair
Board Chair Allan Goldberg M.D.
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Oct 2014 to Nov 2017
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
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
Katherine Horton George Washington University
Nancy Jallo RNC, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BCVirginia Commonwealth University
Shelley C. Mishoe PhD, FAARCOld Dominion University
William C. Oglesby III CPAKPMG LLP
Jennifer M. Schlener-Thomas Association of American Medical Colleges
Ramon Virasoro MDUrology of Virginia
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 5
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
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Other Boards
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Executive Director
Executive Director James E Morgan

Senior Staff
Kathleen Casey Chief Medical Officer
Jeanie Daniel Account Manager
Bibiana Gama Program Director
Karen LeRette Director of Development
Leslie Toledo Program Director
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 50
Contractors 2
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2016
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
InterAction - Member2000
Physicians for Peace continues to partner with hospitals and clinics in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Colombia, Panama, and the Dominican Republic in burn surgery training. These training initiatives are focused on multi-disciplinary care, the establishment of guidelines and best practices, and ongoing remote mentoring activities, to address health gaps and enhance sustainability. PFP will help ensure that these local healthcare teams are ready to care for both patients’ immediate injuries and their long-term physical and emotional well being. 
Population Served At-Risk Populations
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 training initiatives in partnership with healthcare professionals and networks 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 surgical training and education including reconstructive and general surgery, nursing, rehabilitation, and psycho-social.
  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.
At Physicians for Peace, we are committed to improving access to reconstructive urologic surgery in the DR through the creation of a urology fellowship. In cooperation with local professional associations, hospitals, educational institutions and the Ministry of Health, PFP has established the first accredited Reconstructive Urology Fellowship in the country. This innovative, transferable model of surgical education integrates a tailored surgical curriculum, multi-national practical training, and training in the DR provided by PFP IMEs, supplemented by remote learning and mentorship.
Description Physicians for Peace is committed to improving access to safe, timely surgical care by educating and training Malawian surgeons, clinical officers, surgical registrars and allied health providers to increase the country’s surgical capacity, quality and resilience. At the invitation of the main teaching hospital in Malawi, our IMEs serve as visiting faculty in the surgical department at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, typically in 3-month rotations. PFP also supports an operating room dedicated to surgical training activities, including the surgical, nursing and anesthesia team that staff it.
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Physicians for Peace has 3 core programs that we operate in countries of need:
  • Burn Surgery- training in the full continuum of care of patients with burn injuries. 
  • Essential Surgery – surgical training and care including general surgery, burn surgery, and adult and pediatric and reconstructive urology. 
  • Post-Graduate Medical Education – partnering with medical education institutions to support ongoing graduate surgical and pediatric training.
In each of these settings, there is a paucity of trained surgical providers to meet the needs of the local patient population.  Physicians for Peace (PFP) helps bridge this gap through education and training across the surgical team and across the spectrum from trainee to expert.
One challenge in Malawi, and many other low/middle income countries is that with such a paucity of trained surgeons, there are often medical posts around the country, often in the rural areas, with no-one trained in surgery or surgical care.  PFP is working to support Clinical Officers (non-MDs) trained post-graduately in surgery, during their time posted at the District Hospitals throghout Malawi.
Another related challenge is how to train for a specialty need, when there are no specialists in the country.   This is the situation that was encountered in the DR for adult reconstructive urology.  PFP has worked in the DR since its inception, and supported the advancement of pediatric urologic care for much of its history.  Long term local partners approached PFP about similar needs in reconstructive urology for its adult population.  Working with myriad partners, PFP has developed a truly innovative approach to fellowship training, utilizing IMEs with whom we've established strong long-term relationships in the US, Argentina, and Chile, to set up a series of rotations to each country to fulfill the educational requirements of a Urology Fellow.
Support of the provision of Burn Care in Latin American countries is challenged somewhat by the geographic constraints inherent in multiple small, closely located island nations.  Having established local experts in burn care, who excel understanding and using local resources, these experts then become PFP IMEs who act as regional experts, sharing knowledge, skills, and best practices with their colleagues in other Caribbean nations. 
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $370,000.00
Endowment Value $40,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$408,943$474,007$961,089
Investment Income, Net of Losses$110,538$387,138$910,590
Membership Dues------
Special Events$22,085$171,367$182,468
Revenue In-Kind$2,301,019$1,215,774$4,374,644
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$6,608,106$3,543,244$11,423,495
Administration Expense$374,397$358,105$435,894
Fundraising Expense$523,240$806,298$743,534
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.390.530.51
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%75%91%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue107%94%65%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$4,759,902$9,392,856$11,661,749
Current Assets$192,599$3,329,968$4,075,178
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$71,855$108,063$141,977
Total Net Assets$4,688,047$9,284,793$11,519,772
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.6830.8228.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 8/2014View
Foundation Comments
  • Revenue from "Foundations and Corporations" includes support from individuals.