Montefiore presents Corazón.
Corazón is a film depicting the journey of Elena Ramirez, a young Dominican woman living in Santo Domingo. By just looking at Elena, you wouldn’t think that her heart is failing her. After being given only a few months to live unless she gets a new heart, Elena serendipitously meets Montefiore Cardiologist Dr. Mario Garcia.
Elena’s condition is past the point of conventional medicine until Dr. Garcia gives her a fighting chance to live—a mechanical heart through a surgery that his colleagues can perform at Montefiore. With nothing left to lose and a family that needs her to live, she decides to leave Santo Domingo and follow Dr. Garcia on a near-impossible journey to New York.
Based on a real-life patient story from Montefiore, Corazón doesn’t just aim to grab your heart, but keep it. Starring Golden Globe nominee Ana de Armas (Knives Out) and Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life). Directed by Palme d’Or nominee John Hillcoat and written by Kelley Sane.
Elena's world-renowned heart specialists.
Elena’s experience at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care reflects our belief that every patient deserves world-class healthcare. This center of excellence and our Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation are among the most active and successful transplant programs in the nation, with renowned teams of specialists leading the way.
Dr. Mario J. Garcia is Chief of Cardiology, Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Co-Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care, happened to meet Elena while volunteering in Santo Domingo and facilitated bringing her to Montefiore for a mechanical heart. He is a renowned cardiologist and leader in the development and clinical implementation of the most advanced noninvasive cardiac diagnostic technology used around the world today. In Corazón, Dr. Garcia is portrayed by Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir.
Dr. Daniel Goldstein, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Montefiore, was the surgeon who performed the surgery when Elena was brought to Montefiore. He has been named one of New York’s Top Doctors for his achievements in thoracic surgery. Dr. Goldstein plays himself and performs a real mechanical heart surgery in the film.
Montefiore Health System brings state-of-the-art healthcare to patients referred to us from around the world who are facing the most complex medical conditions. Each one has a story with the power to inspire. Every story drives us to do more.
Organ donation saves lives.
Corazón is more than just a film, it’s a call to action for organ donation. New York State has the highest need for organ donors, yet has the biggest shortage. Every day, 22 people waiting for new organs die because there simply aren’t enough being donated.
Right now, 113,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for a life-saving organ donation, and another person is added to that list every 10 minutes. Discover how you can do more and register to be an organ donor today.