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Survivors of Violence Foundation

Dr. Chernoff and Royia Grizzell developed the Survivors of Violence Foundation as a result of the tragic Oklahoma bombing in April 1995. Royia, a survivor of the Oklahoma terrorist attack suffered extreme injuries to her face and neck and was referred to Dr. Chernoff by a local Oklahoma surgeon. As a result of Dr. Chernoff's extensive research on scar improvement, he provided extraordinary care for Royia's non-healing wounds and scars. 


Royia's non-healing wound and scar treatment totaled over $700,000, which Dr. Chernoff provided at no cost. Both Royia and Dr. Chernoff saw the need for domestic violence survivors to receive care and treatment for their injuries and scars. Every time Royia looked into the mirror, she was painfully reminded of the fear and trauma caused by such a heinous crime. 

Together, Dr. Chernoff and Royia formed the foundation for Victims of Violence, which has now evolved into the "Survivors of Violence Foundation" which provides care and treatment to survivors of violent acts, abuse and injuries. 


The Survivors of Violence Foundation brings compassionate care and healing to survivors suffering from painful physical injuries or disfigurements caused by injury, violence, or abuse. Providing reconstructive treatment accelerates both physical and emotional healing. This improves the quality of life of survivors, helping those with the greatest financial and health care needs. The Foundation believes that surgical and therapeutic treatment can provide a healing touch to the soul that impacts the health and well being of people recovering from traumatic situations. Often people carry the physical scars of abuse and violence that become daily reminders of trauma that prevent a peaceful recovery. Healing treatments can make a difference in how quickly the person recovers, regains strength and self-esteem.

Who We Help

The Survivors of Violence Foundation has the privilege of helping men, women, and children who have injuries, physical scars, or non-healing wounds as a result of violence acts, abuse, injury, or illness. Our foundation treats people referred to us from other non-profit organizations, medical professionals, and law enforcement agencies. These organizations refer victims to our center for care or contact Dr. Chernoff directly if emergency surgery is required.


Dr. Chernoff has witnessed the physical and psychological damage caused by violence, abuse, injury, illness, or disfigurement. As a result of this experience, Dr. Chernoff connects with victims and has made it his personal mission to help victims heal their physical wounds. He believes that by helping heal the physical wounds, victims emotional healing can begin. Using cosmetic reconstructive surgery, laser, and scar therapy, Dr. Chernoff helps heal the physical signs of injury and disfigurement. Dr. Chernoff has extensive experience and expertise treating non-healing wounds, injuries, fractured facial bones, and scars using a series of therapies. These therapies range from minimally to moderately invasive lasers, injectable cellular therapy, stem cell therapy, and reconstructive surgical or surgical revision. The treatments Dr. Chernoff provides require not only his time and expertise, but also surgery center time, supplies, and after care. Improving scars and non-healing wounds require multiple treatments sessions and multiple treatment modalities. The funds raised through the foundation help to cover the cost of these treatments. This improves the quality of life of survivors, helping those with the greatest financial and health care needs.

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