Medical Mission Update #1: Dominican Republic Here We Come!

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After a very, very, very unexpected invitation… I just booked my flights to attend a Cardiac Surgery Medical Mission in the Dominican Republic from March 13-17.

Adam Pick To Join Mount Sinai In Dominican Republic

During this special mission, several members of the Mount Sinai Medical Center, led by Dr. David Adams, MD, will travel to Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, to teach surgical techniques at the Hospital General Plaza de La Salud (HGPS).

The mission is part of the Mount Sinai – HGPS Cardiovascular Initiative, a philanthropic effort in which these two teams collaborate to provide cardiac surgery to Dominican patients with limited financial resources. Since 2011, the Mount Sinai team has been to the Dominican Republic on two separate occasions — in which they performed both heart valve repair and heart valve replacement procedures.

Needless to say, I am beyond excited to travel to the HGPS, meet their patients, observe surgery and learn more about this unique partnership among Mount Sinai and the HGPS cardiac team. Many thanks to Dr. David Adams, Dr. Ricardo Lazala and Gideon Sims for the invitation!!!

Dr. Adams, Dr. Guerrero and Mitral Valve Patient
Dr. Miguel Guerrero (left) and Dr. Adams (right) with Their Patient

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Adam Pick
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  • Bill Ruggles

    Hi Adam,

    This medical mission is a wonderful opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and hands-on know-how of heart valve surgery in a developing country where English is the 2nd language.

    How’s your Spanish? Regardless of the level, I bet it will improve as a result of your trip!

    Un abrazo de,

    Bill Ruggles

    P.S. – My wife is from Ecuador and, as a result, I am bilingual.

  • Eric Desbonnet

    Enjoy the trip and learn a lot. I love the Dominican Republic but it is a whole lot different than the US. Hats off to Dr. Adams to leading this medical mission. I’ve always liked and respected him but I’m partial as he did my mitral valve 3 1/2 years ago and I’m feeling great.

  • Heather

    Congrats Adam. What a wonderful opportunity for you! As a fellow Adult with a Congenital Heart Defect and a 2x open heart surgery survivor, I enjoy following your blog. My father and his entire family are Dominican so following your travels to DR will have extra special meaning for me.

    Buen Viaje!


  • Jeff Shebovsky

    Great opportunity Adam. Hope you learn a lot and assist in helping lots of people there.

    Jeff Shebovsky

  • mercy turan

    Dear Adam: You continue to do an outstanding job with your informative website and blog! I have no doubt you will be very beneficial to the Dominican Republic mission, will learn even more, and will be able to encourage even more people with heart valve problems.

    I wish you a very safe and productive trip! Desde el fondo de mi corazon! (from the bottom of my heart!). Buena suerte!

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