What is American Friends of Fundación Cardioinfantil?

American Friends of Fundación Cardioinfantil-IC is a non-profit organization – 501(c)3 – dedicated to giving new life to underserved children with congenital heart defects. Through its support of the Fundación Cardioinfantil Hospital (FCI) in Bogota-Colombia, American Friends of Fundación Cardioinfantil funds annual health regional outreaches, led by a comprehensive team of FCI surgeons, medical professionals and volunteers.

In these missions, our team diagnoses children with cardiovascular conditions and ultimately brings them to Bogota to receive highly complex, life-saving surgery.

Our continuous dedication to improving FCI’s infrastructure, technology, research, and education allow us as an organization to provide the best integrative care and save the lives of as many children as possible living with heart ailments in underserved areas of Latin America.

Our Team

President: Ricardo Gutiérrez
Vice President: Mireya Cisneros
Treasurer: Carlos Alejandro Pérez
Secretary: Emil Infante
Director: Juan Esteban Orduz
Director: Santiago Cabrera
Director: Camilo Steuer
Director: Juan Pablo Umaña
Director: Juan Fernando Fonseca
Director: Adriana Santos
Director: Antonia Powell

Campaign Director: Juliana B. Cala

Non-profit private institution established in 1973.
Bogotá – Colombia


Founded by Dr. Reynaldo Cabrera (R.I.P) and Dr. Camilo Cabrera.


High level Hospital, focused on cardiovascular medicine, transplants, high complexity medicine with all the specialties to provide comprehensive care to patients (adults and children) and their families.

At the early years, LaCardio mainly aimed at the care of children with cardiovascular problems. Given the magnitude of cardiovascular problems in other groups, in October 1993 the INSTITUTE OF CARDIOLOGY was created, extending cardiological care to patients of all ages and expanding its portfolio of services to 51 medical-surgical specialties to provide comprehensive care to all patients.

It is a fourth-level clinical complex (consist of very highly specialized referral units which together provide an environment for multi-specialty clinical services, innovation and research), with more than 78,000 square meters and 53 medical-surgical specialties.

LaCardio receives approximately one million visitors per year, providing monthly attention to an average of 1,100 inpatients, 117,900 urgent consultations, 9,500 specialized outpatient visits, nearly 12,000 diagnostic exams, 9,520 surgeries (of which 1,212 correspond to cardiac surgeries) and 151 transplants.

It is one of the most important fourth-level medical complexes in the country and in Latin America. Since 2012 the Cardiovascular Tower was opened, and it is exclusive for cardiovascular patients. It has 64 additional hospital beds (16 of coronary intensive care and 48 of hospital care).

Some Facts about La Cardio:


350 Beds
15 Pediatric Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units
10 Surgery Rooms
4 Interventional Cardiology Suites

Human Ressources

533 Doctors
1000 Nurses
3000 Over 3.000 Employees
500 Physicians


1100 Patients
117900 Urgent Consultations


9520 Surgeries
151 Transplants

Certifications and Awards of La Cardio

Joint Commision International

Since 2013 the Fundación Cardioinfantil has been accredited with one of the most relevant recognitions in terms of quality of care services by the Joint Commission International.

Ranking Revista América Economía

1er Hospital de Colombia y 3ero en Latinoamérica – 2020

International Hospital Federation Awards

Premio de Oro a la Excelencia por la Responsabilidad Social Empresarial – Octubre 2018

Teaching Hospital

Since 2016, recognized by the Ministerios de Salud y Educación de Colombia.

2011 – Acreditación del Sistema de Gestión de Calidad Institucional

2010 – Premio Portafolio

2010 – Acreditación en salud – ICONTEC

2008 – Premio Superbrands -Marcas de Excelencia en Colombia

2008 – Premio Internacional para la Investigación en Salud “Juan Jacobo Muñoz” Premio Superbrands – Marcas de Excelencia en Colombia

2005 – Premio Internacional para la Investigación en Salud “Juan Jacobo Muñoz” Premio Superbrands – Marcas de Excelencia en Colombia

2004 – Nominación Premio Portafolio -Aportes a la comunidad 2004 y 2005

2004 – Premio Internacional para la Investigación en Salud “Juan Jacobo Muñoz” Premio Superbrands – Marcas de Excelencia en Colombia

2004 – Certificación Gestión de Calidad ISO 9001 – 2000 -diciembre 2004: Línea Cardiología 19 servicios