Dr. Afksendiyos Kalangos goes under a few different names. He’s been referred to as “the doctor of the poor,” “a saint without a halo,” “the Greek heart surgeon who saves children,” “the guardian angel,” and “the doctor with golden hands.”
The appellation “the Greek heart surgeon who operated on 15,000 children for free” should be the most accurate of all.
In 1993, Dr. Kalangos started working as a cardiovascular surgeon at the Geneva Medical School Hospital in Switzerland. The philanthropist doctor created the “Coeurs Pour Tous” (Hearts for All) foundation in 1998 and the “Kalangos Institution” in 2002, both of which he chairs.
The Greek Reporter reports that he has gone worldwide with his medical team in the last 10 years, executing his “art of saving the lives of children,” as a Greek journalist described it. He and his elite team have gone to 25 countries and performed free heart surgery on over 15,000 children.
In Greece, Lebanon, Georgia, Serbia, Cyprus, India, Morocco, and Algeria, Kalangos’ name is linked with the altruistic giving of healthcare services to people with heart disease. In addition, in Mauritius, Mozambique, Eritrea, Madagascar, Venezuela, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Rwanda, and other countries, he has accomplished life-saving miracles.
Greek surgeon with a golden heart
By any metric, the philanthropist cardiologist is a determined guy. He helps youngsters with congenital heart disease worldwide through his foundation, which necessitates at least 300,000 miles of travel every year.
He and his colleagues undertake 600 open heart operations each year in Europe and various underdeveloped nations.
Dr. Kalangos attributes his philanthropic attitude to his father, a pathologist, and head of the pediatric department at the Balikli Greek Hospital in Constantinople, as he stated in an interview with Skai television.
“I grew up in an environment of philanthropy. I discovered the notion of philanthropy as a young child. When we lost my mother, he opened a home clinic in our house where he examined patients two to three days a week,” the doctor adds.
“Our garden was full of people,” he recalls. He examined patients free of charge and even used to give them money of his own to buy their medication. I grew up with the teachings of my father, the philanthropist image of him. Then it became part of my nature.”
Dr. Kalangos is also the inventor of the “Kalangos Ring,” a surgical gadget. By stimulating the formation of fibrous tissue, the unique annuloplasty valve ring corrects the heart valve and protects the growth potential of the child’s heart.
Medical education in Constantinople and throughout Europe
Dr. Afksendiyos Kalangos earned his medical degree from Koc University’s Cerrahpasa Faculty of Medicine in Constantinople in 1984. Between 1984 and 1986, he worked as a forensic and prison physician in Giresun.
He underwent additional training in London and then in Paris after completing his residency at Dr. Siyami Ersek Breast, Heart, and Vascular Surgery Training And Research Hospital in 1991.
In 1993, he began working as a cardiovascular surgeon at the Geneva Medical School Hospital. In 1998, Dr. Kalangos was chosen as vice-chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, and in 2001, he was made chair. In 2011, he was chosen as head of the Geneva Cardiovascular Center.
In 2006, Dr. Kalangos was promoted to professor at the University of Geneva’s Medical School, and in 2012, he was promoted to “Professor Ordinarius.” In his career, he has authored over 300 publications and presented at over 800 conferences.
In his cardiac procedures, the bright doctor employs four unique surgical techniques that have been published in medical publications and adopted by doctors all over the world.
Dr. Kalangos’ foundation, “Coeurs Pour Tous,” aims to operate on children with heart disease regardless of whether or not their families can afford the procedure. The foundation also educates doctors to build a world-class medical and nursing infrastructure that can provide medical services wherever.
Dr. Kalangos and his colleagues founded the “Coeurs Pour Tous Hellas” organization in Greece in 2015 to assist financially disadvantaged youngsters in the country. At Mitera Children’s Hospital in Athens, all of the team’s doctors offer their services for free.