Dr. Ernest Burgess, Founder

History of MOi

In 1989, Ernest M. Burgess, M.D., (1911-2000), Seattle-based orthopedic surgeon, established Mobility Outreach International (formerly Prosthetics Outreach Foundation) to help landmine victims in Vietnam. In its first year, our modest clinic provided artificial limbs and braces to more than 1,000 patients, and we quickly saw the need to expand our services to rural communities throughout the country.

Today, MOi’s global programs and partnerships provide non-surgical treatment to children with clubfoot, as well as prosthetic and orthotic services, physical rehabilitation, advocacy, and orthopedic surgical outreach to adults and children. MOi currently operates in Sierra Leone, Haïti, and Vietnam, has transitioned to a support role in Bangladesh, and plans to expand into two new areas in 2017.

Our clinics have made a critical difference in the lives of more than 22,000 men, women and children in some of the most under-resourced areas of the world.