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2009 Surgical Humanitarian Award: Edgar Rodas

Dr. Rodas examining an Achuar Indian patient (note the pet monkey on the  patient’s head).

Edgar Rodas, MD, FACS, of Cuenca, Ecuador, was bestowed the 2009 Surgical Humanitarian Award in recognition of a long and illustrious surgical career characterized by a commitment to humanitarian service. During his four decades as the principal professor of surgery at the Medical School of the University of Cuenca, Dr. Rodas regularly organized surgical missions to rural Ecuador, inspiring colleagues and students to participate. In 1990, he founded the Cinterandes Foundation, a non-profit organization that broadly promotes health and well-being.

In addition to the Foundation’s medical and surgical work, its programs encompass clean water, nutrition, immunization, mental health, and preventive care. Cinterandes launched its mobile surgery program in 1994, enabling the delivery of care to previously inaccessible areas, first through a van retrofitted with an operating room, and later with a mobile surgical houseboat. Dr. Rodas was appointed Minister of Health of Ecuador from 1998 to 2000, reflecting national respect and regard for his expertise and commitment to service.