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Surgical Volunteer Opportunities

CardioStart International and Fundacion El Cielo Para Los Ninos

CardioStart has been invited to Hospital Dr. Francisco de Icaza Bustamante by the Fundacion El Cielo Para Los Ninos. This public hospital serves the country's poor and was recently affected by earthquakes, which required relocation of the ICU. Despite hardships the physicians are highly motivated to provide care for patients, who are poor and uninsured. Pediatric heart surgery has been done at this hospital in the past by mission teams. There is a lack of qualified anesthesiologists, internist, perfusionists and seasoned nurses to support a full-time program so visiting teams will be required on regular visit. Formal Nursing education programs are requested.

This mission runs from February 12, 2017 - February 24, 2017 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and is focused on congenital heart surgery. 

Positions Needed: 
1 Pediatric CV Surgeon
1 Pediatric Anesthesiologist
2 Pediatric Perfusionists
2 CV OR Nurses/PA’s (Scrub and Circulate)
1-2 Research Assistant
5-6 Pediatric CV ICU RN’s
1 Biomedical Engineer
1 Pediatric Intensivist
1 Pediatric Cardiologist

For additional information about this and other volunteer opportunities, please see our website and/or contact Program Manager Nadine Nuchovich or Board Member Dr. Emily Farkas.
Contact: Nadine Nuchovich
Application Deadline: January 15, 2017

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 2017 and include the following locations: Kharkiv, Ukraine; Tobruk, Libya; Basra, Iraq; Skopje, Macedonia; Tehran, Iran; Rabat, Morocco and South 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 2017 schedule in order to secure a spot on the team for the site you are interested in volunteering.

The trip schedule for 2017 will be available in late October 2016 for January -- June of 2017. 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.