The Heart Institute was created in 1992 by Professor Alain Carpentier and Dr Duong Quang Trung who was at the time director of the Health Department Services of Ho Chi Minh City. Its mission is to offer high-quality care to Vietnamese patients suffering from heart diseases, but especially children. Before the creation of the Institute, no such structure existed in the Ho Chi Minh Area and today the number of cardiac operations is on the increase due to growing demand.


Considered as a reference in cardiac surgery in Vietnam, a lot of people go to Ho Chi Minh to consult the Institute’s cardiologists. Unfortunately a number of families cannot afford to pay for surgery. A department of social welfare was therefore created to cover the cost of the operations for the most destitute Vietnamese people.

This is why the Centre, created by Professor Carpentier for precisely that purpose, is allocating the whole of its profits to the Institute so that a maximum of people can benefit from it. Thanks to this generosity about 200 life-saving operations a year are been performed on the most needy children.


Since the opening of the Institute, more than 4300 children have been saved thanks to the creation of the CMI.


The Foundation brings its medical expertise and trains Vietnamese heart surgeons as well as the medical staff working in the Institute. It also helps to finance various structural projects, such as the extension of the Heart Institute.



You can find more information in this video:


Vietnam Hearts from CMI Vietnam on Vimeo.