CardiacEye International Foundation (CEIF; www.cardiaceye.com) is an independent, non-governmental, nonprofit organization established to provide free and affordable adult and pediatric heart surgeries around the world. CEIF is the brainchild of Dr. Maqsood Elahi (MBBS,FRCSI, PhD), a fellow of the ICS and ICS Institutional Regent for Central Texas. Dr. Elahi is an adult and pediatric heart surgeon who encouraged a group of nurses, doctors and other health professionals from different backgrounds to volunteer their skills and expertise to improve the lives of children and adults suffering from heart disease.
The Foundation aims to carry out specific missions in education, research and provision of life saving cardiac surgery solutions wherever there may be a need in developing countries. The Foundation facilitates the teaching of required skills and infrastructure to allow cardiac centers to perform more complex heart operations. CEIF takes surgical teams to underserved areas to provide multidisciplinary cardiac surgery and care and also work closely with local cardiac surgeons and nurses. CEIF uses local facilities for the above purpose and provides advanced surgical skills and the links for collaborative research.