Solidarity Bridge sends approximately five medical mission teams to Bolivia each year, with anywhere from five to thirty missioners taking part in each experience. Most hail from the Chicago area, although we’ve had an increasing number of participants from across the United States. Our teams include surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgical technicians, nurses, dentists, medical specialists, general practitioners, interpreters, chaplains, photographers, videographers, bloggers, and helpers.
Our missioners are diverse individuals. While many are Catholic, others represent a variety of faith traditions or no faith tradition. In addition, while some speak Spanish, others do not. All, however, share a desire to serve humanity and a willingness to work as a team.
General Surgery Mission Trip
Cochabamba, Bolivia, March 10 - 19
Neurosurgery Spine Surgery Course and Mission
Cochabamba, Bolivia, March 26 - April 1
Sucre & Santa Cruz, Bolivia, April 2 - 7
Summer General Surgery Mission Trip
Santa Cruz, Bolivia, August 12 - 19
Multi-Specialty Medical Mission Trip
Punata, Bolivia, September 29 - October 8
Fall Gynecological Surgery Mission Trip
Multiple Cities, October 21 - 28
Fall Neurosurgery Mission Trip
Santa Cruz, Bolivia, November 11 - 19
Our Medical Programs are comprised of partnerships between U.S. and Latin American medical personnel who aim to serve the poor. Disease, deformities, and debilitating accidents that have little impact in the United States are rampant among the people of Bolivia and Paraguay. For many, our medical assistance provides the only chance for a productive life - or even survival.
Solidarity Bridge is committed to promoting lasting change in Latin America. Unlike many medical mission organizations, our primary goal is to inform and equip the Bolivian and Paraguayan medical communities so that, long after our mission teams have returned home, our Latin American colleagues can continue to serve their fellow citizens.
In a spirit of mutuality, our medical teams work side by side with our Bolivian and Paraguayan partners, learning from each other, and often forming strong bonds of friendship. After a hard day’s work, many missioners spend their evenings leading educational seminars for the local medical community. On a day off, we typically journey to outlying rural areas to explore the beautiful countryside and to gain a better understanding of the local people and their culture, in order to better serve them. Upon our return home, we try to share a debriefing session of reflection, connection, and thanksgiving that brings the mission experience to a close.
Malcolm Bilimoria, MD
Mary Luz Botero
Al Dietz, MD
Gerry Dunne, RN
Gay Garrett, MD
Carrie Giordano, DO
Roberta Glick, MD
Fr. Gary Graf
John Gregory, MD
Bob LaPata, MD
George Lederhaas, MD
Dan Lum, MD
Fr. Bob Oldershaw
John Oldershaw, MD
John Watson, MD
Jay Herrmann, MD
Richard Moser, MD
Kate Scott, RN
Dan Yousif, MD
Nancy Streitmatter, MD
Enrique Via-Reque, MD