Dr. Ivar Mendez: Bringing Health Care To Communities Around The World

Saskatchewan Health Authority
Monday, January 9, 2017

He’s a sculptor, a photographer, a humanitarian and a neurosurgeon.

For a man of such talent and accomplishment, Dr. Ivar Mendez is a humble and unassuming individual, who believes that we are here to serve each other.

“I would like to make a contribution to the betterment of others,” says Dr. Mendez, who is the Unified Head of the Department of Surgery for Saskatoon Health Region and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). “There’s a saying from Proust, ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.’

“I want to have the eyes to see what’s happening around me,” he explains, “and what’s happening is that there’s a lot of inequality. So for me, it’s logical that the next step is to diminish that inequality with my own small, personal efforts.”

Dr. Mendez and the children of Pusillani, a small remote village in the Bolivian Andes. These children benefit from the nutrition, dental care and creative art programs of the Ivar Mendez International Foundation.

Those small, personal efforts have included pioneering surgical techniques in stem cell research; bringing advanced robotic technology to northern Saskatchewan and remote villages in Bolivia; and establishing neurosurgery units in developing countries, in addition to starting the Ivar Mendez International Foundation and contributing to the beauty in the world through artistic endeavours.

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