Medical Volunteer Institutions

Children's HeartLink works with dedicated teams of medical volunteers who provide clinical and organization expertise, training and mentoring to meet the specific needs of our partner hospitals around the globe. Our medical volunteer teams come from some of the finest institutions in the world. 


Since 1969, Children’s HeartLink has worked in several countries around the world to build the capacity of pediatric cardiac care programs in underserved areas. We work closely with our partner programs to support them in providing education and strengthening the knowledge, skills and abilities of their pediatric cardiac teams. By providing training and mentoring programs that each partner hospital requires to be successful, we help them become sustainable centers of excellence so that ultimately, our vision of children all over the world having access to quality cardiac care can be a reality.

We could not do this work without the remarkable dedication of our medical volunteers, who represent some of the finest medical institutions in the world. By capitalizing on their generosity and skills, Children’s HeartLink is able to promote sustainable, high-quality cardiac care for children, touching hundreds of thousands of lives around the world. All of this is not possible without your interest, dedication and continued support. From all of us at Children's HeartLink, thank you for caring.

Joseph A. Dearani, M.D.
Medical Director, Children’s HeartLink
Chair, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic

Children's HeartLink medical volunteer teams come from

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Boston Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • British Columbia Children's Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Children's Mercy, Kansas City, MO
  • Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH
  • Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore
  • The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
  • KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Singapore
  • Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Palo Alto, CA
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA
  • Shizuoka Children's Hospital, Shizuoka, Japan
  • University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

The Need.


Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, affecting one in 100 children. Only one in 10 children has access to care.


With your help, Children's HeartLink can save more children's lives. Click here to make a gift to Children's HeartLink. Thank you for your support.

Passing on Lifesaving Knowledge

We work in concert with our dedicated medical volunteers, as well as governments and other organizations, to provide training, mentoring and capacity building opportunities designed to meet the unique needs of each partner hospital.