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Surgical Volunteerism Portal

June 16, 2020
In this interview, Dr. William Novick explains his team's work helping to build sustainable pediatric cardiac centers in Benghazi, Libya, during conflict.
December 19, 2019
Filmed at the 2019 EACTS Annual Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, Jill Ley moderates a discussion on cardiac surgery missions.
December 17, 2019
Drs Joel Dunning and Emily Farkas discuss the CTSNet Surgical Volunteerism Portal, a resource for cardiothoracic surgeons and allied health professionals interested in humanitarian work, as well as Dr Farkas's humanitarian work and a volunteer trip in Nepal.
October 25, 2019
A Thoracic Surgery Foundation International Medical Volunteer describes her experience in Pokhara, Nepal, as a new surgeon volunteer treating underserved patients.
September 13, 2019
This video highlights the treatment of patients with rheumatic heart disease in Rwanda, where the disease is prevalent, but there are no cardiac surgeons in the country.
March 1, 2019
Between February 23 and March 1, 2019, a heart surgery team from the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, UK, conducted a medical mission to Kumasi, Ghana, in order to perform adult heart surgery and place pacemakers. Find their daily video blog here.
October 29, 2018
Dr. A. Thomas Pezzella considers many of the challenges involved in providing cardiothoracic surgery treatment in developing countries and emerging economies.
November 28, 2017
This video was filmed on a cardiac surgery mission to Enugu Nigeria, led by Emily Farkas and sponsored by CardioStart and the VOOM Foundation.
November 8, 2017
Dr Ogadinma Mgbajah is a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, and the first woman cardiothoracic surgeon in West Africa.
October 16, 2017
This article gives a brief overview of the evolution of cardiac programs and voluntary cardiac surgery activities in Vietnam.

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