International Children’s fund

Vellore, India
Full Pediatric Cardiac Medical Mission

Dates for Mission
April, 2012. The Team travelled to Chennai, India and then to CMC Vellore Hospital.

Mission Site
Tamil Nadu at the CMC Vellore Hospital in Vellore, India.


Presently there is no pediatric cardiac surgeon or surgical program. Children will be coming from several area states to receive their heart surgery.


Team leaders are former recipients of Variety’s prestigious
“Sir James Carreras Award.”

Variety Children’s Fund team will be led by Dr. Vincent Parnell, Surgeon-in-Chief, of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and cardiologist, Dr. Devyani Chowdhury, Medical Director, Pediatric Specialist at Lancaster General Hospital in Pennsylvania. Variety is sponsoring the travel costs for the team.

CMC Vellore’s Director, Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji, Dr. Sunil Chandy, who will be appointed as the new incoming Director of CMC and Dr. Vinayak Shukla as the Head of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery have welcomed the Variety team. CMC Vellore is providing the housing, meals & ground transportation for the team.

Donor Recognition

Enthusiasm and momentum for this very significant mission has been growing and is contagious! We would like to thank the following Donors.

The VICF Donors

who generously gave so that these children’s lives would be saved.

The CMC Vellore Hospital

who is hosting and welcoming our team and the exchange of reciprocal learning that will provide a future for many more Indian children with congenital heart disease.

The Volunteers

surgeons, doctors, perfusionists, anesthesiologists, cardiologists, pediatric intensive care nurses and intensivists. Without their invaluable gift of their time and skills, this would not be possible.

The Anonymous Variety Donor

who purchased surgical scrubs for the Variety surgical team, bearing Variety’s logo and the CMC Vellore name.

The Variety of the US

for donating gold heart pins to be sold by the Vellore Rotarian Club – who will also raise public awareness and host a press conference.