Remembering Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio

Smile Train mourns the loss of Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio

Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio, "el Maestro" as so many knew him, passed away the afternoon of October 31st 2012.

Driven by enormous passion, Dr. Ortiz Monasterio dedicated so much of his life to using plastic and reconstructive surgery so that he could help improve the lives of thousands of people in need. An extremely intelligent man, willing to share his knowledge with everyone, el Maestro was characterized by his tremendous heart and humble nature. He trained thousands of students from across Mexico and around the world.

Dr. Ortiz Monasterio demonstrated his tremendous commitment to communities in need by being the pioneer of many social programs across Mexico, which then inspired many across his nation’s borders. He knew how to enjoy every step of life, always in a peculiar way, inspiring the lucky ones who met him. His death is a tremendous loss for us, and we will remember him with love, admiration and respect.

El Maestro will live forever in our hearts.