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Surgical Volunteer Opportunities

TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholarship

The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), through the generosity and philanthropy of the Edwards Lifesciences Foundation, is offering travel scholarships of $2,500 each for qualified cardiothoracic surgery residents and early career cardiothoracic surgeons who want to participate in international medical volunteerism (charity work) in underserved regions/populations. The purpose of the TSF International Medical Volunteer Scholarship is to provide a global cardiothoracic surgery volunteer experience for a cardiothoracic surgery resident or surgeon (within seven years of CT surgery residency completion), under the mentorship of an experienced surgeon volunteer. Each International Medical Volunteer Scholarship recipient will be matched with a TSF/Edwards-sponsored cardiac medical mission trip and serve as an active member of the volunteer team, assisting with surgery, screening, and medical eduacation for underserved patients.

Please submit a completed online application and email a resume or CV AND one letter of recommendation to by March 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Thoracic Surgery Foundation
Contact: TSF at and 312-202-5868
Online Application here
Application Deadline: March 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Central time

earthMed Charitable Volunteer Medical Team

earthMed's mission is to improve medical care in developing countries through medical program development, education, direct patient care, diagnostic support, medical device donations, medical supply donations, and community outreach support with the support of medical volunteers. earthMed's vision is to execute the mission of earthMed as an independent, non-sectarian, non-political organization, providing carefully planned, appropriate services changing in response to the changing needs of those we support, and fostering an atmosphere of growth within the organization to improve our abilities to better carry out our misison.

earthMed frequently conducts medical charitable missions in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Positions needed:
Required positions vary depending upon mission.

Please email Lou Schonder at if interested.

Contact: Lou Schonder
Application Deadline: Ongoing

Pediatric and Congenital Cardiac Service Workshops

Senior level pediatric/congenital cardiac surgeons are our team leaders. Individuals should be well versed and experienced in all types of congenital cardiac surgery from neonatal repairs for TGA, IAA/VSD and HLHS to complex re-operative surgery in addition to the routine pediatric cardiac surgical cases. Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Residents may accompany senior level surgeons to gain additional experience in complex repairs in certain locations.

Missions run throughout 2018 and include the following locations: Nasiriyah, Iraq; Karbala, Iraq; Tehran, Iran; Kharkiv and Kiev, Ukraine; Voronezh, Russia; Nizhny Novgorod; Ecuador and Lebanon.

Positions Needed:
Pediatric/Congenital Cardiac Surgeon
Scrub Nurse
ICU Nurses
ICU Nurse Practitioner
Biomedical Engineer
Respiratory Therapist

Trips fill rapidly, so please check the website for the posting of the 2018 schedule in order to secure a spot on the team for the site you are interested in volunteering.

The trip schedule for 2018 is available now. There are more than 12 trips planned in the first 6 months. Applications can be found on our website at

William Novick Global Cardiac Alliance
Contact: William Novick
Application Deadline: Ongoing

Volunteer with The Palestine Children's Relief Fund

We are a nonprofit, nonpolitical humanitarian medical relief group building pediatric cardiac surgery programs in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by sponsoring medical missions to treat children and train local doctors and nurses. We have been working for 25 years in this field and have sponsored several past successful and safe missions with excellent results.

The Palestine Children's Relief Fund organizes multiple volunteer trips throughout the year to the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah, West Bank, and the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Younis, Gaza. 

Positions Needed:
Cardiac surgery
ICU nursing

The Palestine Children's Relief Fund
Contact: Steve Sosebee  
Application: Send CV and interest email
Application Deadline: Ongoing

Volunteer Across the World with Open Heart International

Open Heart International is an Australian based NGO that travels globally building capacity and training clinicians and also providing world class care to those in need. Open Heart International welcomes expressions of interest from experienced personnel.

Open Heart International travels through Asia, the Pacific, and Africa and focuses on adult cardiac and congenital surgery. View for more details. 

Open Heart International
Contact: Michael Were  
Application Deadline: Ongoing 

Submit a surgical volunteer opportunity for potenital posting in this listing.