What We Are and What We Do:
Fundacion Araucaria Foundation was established in San Diego, California in 1994 as a non profit medical organization with the main objective to promote educational and research activities in the field of Cardiovascular disease prevention, particularly in Coronary Heart Disease (“heart attacks”) and Hypertension (“high blood pressure”) that are two of the world leading causes of death in adults.
The founder and current Chairman of the Board of Trustees is Tomás Romero, MD.
Dr. Romero was born in Chile, completing his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology in Chile and United States, that included a University of California, San Diego Cardiology Fellowship (1970-72) . In 1977 he relocated to San Diego , where he continued his career as a Cardiologist. He is certified by the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases and Interventional Cardiology, and Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association and Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions. He is affiliated to Sharp Health Care, and the University of California, San Diego, where he has been a Faculty member and involved in teaching activity until now. He was the Chief of Cardiology and Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center since 1987 until 2007. Since 2010 until now he has been a member of Sharp Health Care Institutional Review Board, San Diego.
Araucaria is a native Chilean pine tree and its habitat is in the southern region of Chile. Uncontrolled logging and other negative human activities today threaten the survival of this tree. Likewise, humans have created hazards for their own health through harmful lifestyle habits such as smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise. The heart is one of its main victims.
Fundacion Araucaria Foundation has contributed to the development of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs in Chile, aimed to assist in the recovery of patients after a heart attack and open heart surgery, by training Registered Nurses from that country with expertise in cardiovascular care through visits to the Sharp Health Care Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs in San Diego, California. For the last 18 years the Foundation has supported research in the epidemiology and mechanisms of atherosclerosis and heart disease with research grants provided through the Chilean Society of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery to researchers in Chile . It has also sponsored research projects looking at quality of care and outcomes in patients presenting with a heart attack at three Sharp Health Care hospitals in San Diego, and research studies looking at risk factors for heart disease and mortality in a population from the central region of Chile followed for 10 years. Since 2010 the foundation has also provided financial and technical assistance to an ongoing study in primary care centers of the Metropolitan region of Santiago, Chile, looking at factors influencing a satisfactory blood pressure control in adults with hypertension (“high blood pressure”), and its impact in cardiovascular disease and mortality.