The Surgeons of Hope Foundation (SoH), is a New York City,
NY based nonprofit established in 2001. Our organization
aims to provide every infant and child with a damaged heart
an equal opportunity to receive life-saving surgery.
It is an unconscionable loss that a child dies anywhere in
the world from a heart defect (congenital or acquired) due
to lack of resources for proper care, when a child living in
the most remote area of the U.S. or Europe with the same
heart defect would be easily cured. Surgeons of Hope seeks
to narrow that disparity by living up to its motto: ”It’s
Not What We Bring. It’s What We Leave Behind”.
We approach the need on three key fronts by giving urgently
needed care, cultivating skills in local medical teams, and
constructing centers of care in developing countries.
Surgeons of Hope began this mission with pilot
programs in countries like Cambodia, Mozambique, Senegal,
In 2008, our team decided to focus our efforts in Latin
America. Surgeons of Hope established a program in Nicaragua,
the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Since 2008, we have constructed an advanced cardiac center,
provided training to local medical teams, screened thousands
of patients and operated on close to 800 children in
Our work in Costa Rica started in October of 2014, when our
President, Dr. da Cruz was invited to travel to San Jose to
help enhance an existing surgical program at the Hospital
Nacional De Ninos (National Children’s Hospital). Since our
intervention there, we are proud to report that hundreds of
patients have been operated on!