Even as a young medical student, Doctor Edgar Rodas 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 Ecuadorian 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 team.
Since 1994 MSU and Cinterandes volunteers have performed more than 7,500 surgical operations.
There have been 943 separate missions into the countryside and slums of the big cities.
Dr. Rodas served, among other positions, as Minister of Health of Ecuador, Vice Rector and Professor of Surgery at the University of Cuenca, President of the Ecuadorian Surgical Society and Founder Dean of the Medical School, University of Azuay.
He passed away on March 2, 2015, in Cuenca, Ecuador. The work in mobile surgery for people with less access to health services, was the motivation of Dr. Edgar Rodas throughout his entire career. His example of work, commitment and dedication, throughout his life, is the greatest legacy he leaves all of us who will continue his work through the Cinterandes Foundation.