As the new CEO of Clinical Operations for International Children’s Heart Foundation, Dr. Rodrigo Soto is passionately committed to our mission of providing free pediatric cardiac surgeries to children in under-resourced regions throughout the world, while also empowering medical professionals in these areas with cardiac care training and medical resources.
A seasoned pediatric cardiac surgeon, Dr. Soto supervises all of ICHF’s clinical operations, including our compliance to the global regulations, standards and statutes necessary for developing cardiac care programs in emerging nations.
Additionally, Dr. Soto works to expand the foundation’s reach by recruiting qualified medical volunteers, developing new global partnerships, and strengthening our existing worldwide alliances with sponsors, health care institutions and likeminded organizations.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Soto has dedicated his time, passion and expertise to ICHF for more than a decade, serving as a volunteer pediatric cardiac surgeon from 2002 to 2012 before transitioning to staff surgeon in early 2013.
Before joining ICHF, Dr. Soto was the pediatric cardiac surgery unit director and ECMO program director from 2004 to 2012 at Clinica Alemana in Santiago, Chile. From 2001 to 2003, he worked as staff pediatric cardiac surgeon at Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Soto received his MBBS degree from the University of Chile School of Medicine in 1990 and completed residencies in general and cardiac surgery at Luis Calvo Mackenna Children’s Hospital in Santiago, Chile, followed by fellowships in cardiac surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and the Paediatric Cardiac Unit at Hôpital Marie Lannelongue in Paris, France.