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Rwanda’s First Cardiothoracic Surgeon Graduates

Rwandans are relieved finally they got a cardiothoracic surgeon.

Dr. Maurice Musoni has successfully completed his degree at the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) becoming the first Rwandan Cardiac Surgeon.

Reacting to their colleagues achievement, another Rwandan physician congragulated Dr. Musoni upon successful completition of this gruesome training.

“We are immensely proud of you Dr. Musoni Maurice. A top achievement-  Rwanda’s First Cardiothoracic Surgeon. Hard work, your long nights, perseverance, tenacity, your never-die-spirit, is an inspiration to each one of us. You have shown us the sky is indeed the limit.”

In February Dr. Musoni also took part in the operation of a 19 year old girl in the Oshen King Faisal Hospital theatre along with Team Heart that is on their 12th Mission in Rwanda for Open Heart Surgery.

Rwanda is gradually transitioning in the medical sector and with this first achievement; Dr. Musoni will become instrumental in the operation of a cardiac Centre that is scheduled to be established in the country.

Team Heart intends to facilitate a partnership with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to establish a sustainable, independent, dedicated cardiac care center for children and adults with all forms of heart disease, which would be a center of excellence in the country and for all of East Africa.

This team helped to identify Dr. Musoni who had been living in South Africa, training in general and cardiac surgery.

Rwanda’s situation presents a resource-limited setting for cardiothoracic surgery – locally most patients have been facing major post-surgical challenges, including systemic anticoagulation and barriers to follow-up care.

Dr. Maurice Musoni and Team Heart at King Faisal Hospital operating a 19 year old girl earlier in February.

Who is a cardiothoracic surgeon?

A cardiothoracic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in surgical procedures of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest.

This includes surgeons who can be called cardiac surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, general thoracic surgeons and congenital heart surgeons.


On average a cardiothoracic surgeon earns $20,000 per month in the United States. It is not yet known how much Dr. Musoni will earn in Rwanda.

Education Journey For Cardiothoracic surgeon

  • Obtain a 4-year undergraduate degree in pre-med with an emphasis on science.
  • Attend and graduate from a 4-year medical school.
  • Complete a 5-year general surgery residency program.
  • Enter a 2- or 3-year cardiothoracic surgery residency program, or enter a 6-year integrated cardiothoracic surgery residency.

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