2014 Sir James Carreras Award Honoring Dr. Jose Ettedgui April 29, 2014 9:22 PM - Variety International

The Sir James Carreras Award honors the name of Sir James Carreras MBE, who served Variety International with great distinction as one of its past International Presidents. It is presented annually to a physician who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and skill in the field of pediatrics.

It is the dedication of the physicians, who give of their skills and time to save or improve the lives of so many children around the globe that merits our gratitude. It is an honor and privilege that so many physicians have chosen to associate themselves with Variety the Children’s Charity.

The work and dedication of the Doctors who have received this prestigious Award have changed the world for children in need in so many ways.

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud and honored to present the 2014 Sir James Carreras Award to Dr. Jose Ettedgui for his dedication, giving his skills and time to save and improve the lives of so many children.

Dr. Jose Ettedgui was born and raised in Valencia, Venezuela where he finished medical school in 1981. He completed his internship and residency in Venezuela in 1984 and pursued further training in Pediatric Cardiology at Guy’s Hospital, London under Prof. Michael Tynan from 1984 to 1987. Dr. Ettedgui was then invited to take a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburg, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1987 where he worked for the next 15 years.

In April of 2002 he was recruited to become the Division Head of Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Florida/Jacksonville. Under his direction the UF Pediatric Cardiovascular Center based at Wolfson Children’s Hospital has grown steadily. Dr. Ettedgui has worked at many hospitals and institutions in the USA including Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital, receiving recognition for his work at various levels. He has over 28 years’ experience in Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, and Cardiology, is trained to handle the most complex cardiology disorders in children and adolescents and he is well respected among his peers. Dr. Ettedgui currently practices at the University of Florida Pediatric Cardiovascular Center where he is Medical Director.

Since 1997, Dr. Ettedgui has expanded his interest in outreach paediatric cardiology to children in developing countries. From 1997 to 2001, under the auspices of the Variety Club International, he put together a medical team that travelled yearly to Venezuela to provide cardiac treatment to underprivileged children in his hometown of Valencia. Several children identified during these trips have since received cardiac treatment at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. In addition, he has participated in cardiology missions to Tibet in 2001 and Nairobi, Kenya in 2003 and 2005. The experience Dr. Ettedgui obtained during these international ventures sparked his interest in bringing children to the United States to receive surgical treatment for their congenital heart problems.

As a result of his work with these children, Dr. Ettedgui and his wife, Hilda, founded an organization called Patrons of the Hearts in 2006 which to date has brought 75 children from 21 different countries on four continents and the Caribbean islands for treatment at the Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

For over ten years, Dr. Ettedgui has been visiting Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, performing surgeries for children who desperately need his expertise. He has assisted children in Barbados, Antigua, St. Lucia. Much of this was done in coordination with Dr. Richard Ishmael, one of Barbados’ leading Surgeons and a member of Variety Barbados, without charge for Dr. Ettedgui’s specialists’ services.

Dr. Ettedgui will be working with Dr. Richard Ishmael and Variety Tent 73 on the new Hearts4Hearts programme to ensure the longevity of this needed service for children with congenital heart disease in Barbados and the Caribbean.