Salvando Corazones is a biannual cardiac surgery medical mission trip that takes part in March and October in Lima, Peru. The Dos de Mayo Hospital is the institution of main focus, but the surgical team has also traveled to Cuzco (Hospital Lorena) in 2019 and is looking forward to trips to Ayacucho in a near future.
The Dos de Mayo Cardiac Surgery Program, established by Dr. Efrain Montesinos, was the first cardiac surgery program in Perú, and serves as a training ground for cardiovascular surgeons. The medical director of Salvando Corazones, Dr. Aldo Rafael, completed his surgical residency at Dos de Mayo National Hospital and was the first graduate of the hospital's cardiac surgery program under the guidance of Dr. Montesinos.
The Salvando Corazones team has the privilege to give back to the Peruvian community by helping the needy through biannual cardiac surgery medical missions. Salvando Corazones has allowed me to form a close friendship, a brotherhood I may say, with many healthcare professionals: including doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff.