Doctor Edgar Rodas even as a young medical student knew he wanted to help the poor and underprivileged people of his country.
He envisioned an operating room on wheels to reach people in remote areas of the Andes Mountains, tiny fishing villages along the coast and settlements in the Ecuador Jungle.
Once his dream of a Mobile Surgical Unit (MSU) became a reality, and the Cinterandes Foundation was formed, there was no stopping him or his volunteer medical teams.
Since 1994 MSU and Cinterandes volunteers have performed more than 7,000 surgical operations. There have been some 852 separate missions into the countryside and slums of the big cities.
Dr. Rodas has served as Minister of Health of Ecuador, Vice rector and Professor of Surgery of the University of Cuenca, President of the Ecuadorian Surgical Society and Founder Dean of the Medical School, University of Azuay