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Surgical Volunteerism Portal

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.
August 23, 2017
Filmed at the 2017 STS Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas, four cardiothoracic surgeons share why and how they have made humanitarian cardiothoracic surgery a part of their careers.
December 2, 2016
Jeff Jacobs, Vinay Badhwar, Ivan Crosby, and Thomas Daniel share their stories of surgical volunteerism and how they have assisted cardiothoracic surgical programs abroad.
October 20, 2016
In May 2015, a CardioStart International medical team was scheduled to help initiate a cardiac program at Kathmandu University in Nepal, but, in the wake of a devastating earthquake, the team instead assisted with earthquake relief efforts.
October 13, 2016
In an interview with Joel Dunning, Emily Farkas discusses her humanitarian work, including a recent surgical mission to Nepal.

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