Philanthropic Cardiothoracic Surgeon Receives Alumni Achievement Award from Creighton University
Founder of “Heart to Heart Mission,” Robert D. Pascotto, M.D., will receive the Alumni Achievement award during Creighton University’s spring commencement, 1 p.m., May 13, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
Pascotto is a 1966 School of Medicine graduate who is one of the best thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons in the United States. One of his biggest accomplishments and humanitarian acts was founding the “Heart to Heart Mission” in 2002 in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The mission makes three medical mission trips annually, where his team performs free heart surgeries. Pascotto spearheads donations from local hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers of medical products and their distributors.
Pascotto does not forget his alma mater or the philanthropic traditions and practices he learned at Creighton. His three children all attended Creighton, and he is active on the Medical Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Medicine. Pascotto and his wife also started the Pascotto Family Endowed Medical School Scholarship fund at Creighton University School of Medicine for students with financial need.
In 1975, Pascotto and Michael Steier, Ph.D., performed the first cardiac surgery in Southwest Florida. He founded his own surgical group and it has grown to eight surgeons operating in three centers. Pascotto has not gone unrewarded for his efforts; in 2005, he was named one of America’s Top Physicians and has also been listed in Best Doctors in America. In 2003, he was the first recipient of the American Heart Association’s “Golden Heart Award” for lifelong commitment of the eradication of heart disease, charitable works, and medical missionary trips in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.