A Promise to Peru, Inc. is excited to plan another year of mission trips and we would love to have you join us once again!


Eye Care Mission to Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota working with the nonprofit organization Artist for World Peace

June 1-9
Volunteers needed:
Certified Ophthalmic Technicians

Eye Care and Medical Mission  to Peru working with the nonprofit organization FNE International
June 29- July 7

Volunteers needed:
Physicians (all specialties, especially Internal Medicine, Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn)
Nurse Practitioners
Ultrasound technician
Medical students
Optometrists and optometry students

Cataract Surgical Mission to Ecuador working with the nonprofit organization Partners for Andean Health Community
September 21-29, 2019

Volunteers needed:
Ophthalmolgy resident
Anesthesiologist or Intensivist
Registered Nurses, surgical technicians and floaters
Medical student

Send an email to apromisetoperu[at]gmail.com  to request an application by February 1, 2019. In your email, please include your desired mission trip and your area of expertise.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Please note, awards applications can be submitted ONLY after the participant has submitted all of their required registration forms to Cathy Roberts.



The award amount of $250, $500, $750, or $1,000 will depend on how many applications are received and the personnel needs of each mission.

Requirement: Applicant must meet all of the following criteria: a non-physician, a non-student and a previous A Promise to Peru mission participant.  Click here for application.

Due: March 30, 2019 Email application to apromisetoperu[at]gmail.com

The annual John Shanley, M.D. M.P.H Award for Global Excellence has been established to honor Dr. Shanley who passed away in 2016. He was a Co-Founder and the Vice President of A Promise to Peru, Inc. The award enables previous mission participants who are not physicians or students to participate in subsequent missions. These individuals are passionate about their involvement in the mission and would otherwise likely be unable to participate with the frequency that they have been.   The non-profit organization owes its formation to Dr. Shanley, as he was the first of our group to visit Peru. He and several medical students from Stony Brook Medical School in New York joined Case Western Reserve University Medical School and the Cleveland Clinic ‘s mission in 2010.  The subsequent year he invited a group of physicians to join him and his medical students for their own medical mission.  George Coritsidis, M.D., Debra Messina, M.D. and Natalie DiGioia, M.D. were among those physicians that had the opportunity to work alongside Dr. Shanley in 2011 and share his passion for providing care to a medically underserved population. They subsequently established A Promise to Peru, Inc. in 2012. On behalf of our board members and officers, we offer our heartfelt thanks to Linda Shanley for her financial support of the annual John Shanley, M.D. M.P.H Award for Global Excellence. 



Three $250 Global Health Faith Awards have been established by a generous anonymous donor.

Requirement: 500 word essay; all participants are eligible. Click here for application. Due: March 30, 2019

Email application to paula.digioia[AT]gmail.com and include ”global health mission submission” in the subject line.



Two awards are available and awarded to one medical student matriculating at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and one resident from the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Ophthalmology program. Click here for application.

The annual Drs. Philip and Richard Messina Endowed Fund for Excellence in Global Initiatives Award was established by the Messina Family in 2014 to encourage participation in international medical and cataract surgical missions for Stony Brook medical students and Stony Brook ophthalmology residents as a way to commemorate the lives of these two physicians. A matching grant is awarded to the ophthalmology resident through the generosity of the Department of Ophthalmology. Background on the lives of Drs. Philip and Richard Messina: Philip came to the U.S.A. through Ellis Island, N.Y. in 1911 at 6 years old from Sicily, Italy. He lived in the lower east side of Manhattan and attended Indiana University for undergraduate school and medical school. He finished his studies in 1932 in the midst of the Depression. His older sister worked at Knickerbocker Toy Factory sewing stuffed animals to pay for his education. Residency training programs were not in existence at the time. Once a doctor graduated medical school, one would open an office and start your practice whether it was General Surgery or General Medicine. He chose the latter and his practice was in Brooklyn for over 50 years, he delivered 3,000 babies, performed tonsillectomies in the office and made house calls well past the time when other physicians has stopped. His compassion for his patients and his work ethic certainly inspired his son to become a physician and his daughter to become a nurse. Richard attended Marquette University in Wisconsin and graduated medical school from University of Bologna in Italy in 1965. Prior to his ophthalmology residency, he enlisted in the Public Health Service as a commissioned officer for two years. Stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico he worked as a General Practitioner on the surrounding Indian Reservations. He gained an appreciation for the Native American culture and the need for better health care in underserved areas. He established his ophthalmology practice in Brentwood and continued to be passionate about treating those that were underserved. He was a Clinical Instructor at Stony Brook School of Medicine until his untimely passing at the age of 48. His dedication to serve those in need, inspired the Messina family to establish a scholarship in his name that promotes global awareness of the need to provide health care to the underserved populations in the United States and worldwide. And he was the inspiration for Debra Messina, M.D. to co-found the nonprofit organizations A Promise to Peru. Three generations of Messina physicians… it is something to be celebrated and this Endowed Fund for Excellence in Global Initiatives was specifically established for the Stony Brook family where Debra is a proud alumna. It is a fitting way to remember these two lives. They would be very proud to know that their family was assisting medical students and ophthalmology residents in the opportunity to gain greater insight into the interpersonal relationships that are formed between physician and patient. Their legacy of service to those in need and their passion for medicine will live on and serve to provide an example to young physicians in training, now and for future generations.