In tandem with his work as a cardiovascular surgeon, with wide experience and pioneering techniques in heart transplants and coronary bypass surgeries in the state, Ivo Nesralla has made a major cultural contribution to the state of Rio Grande do Sul.  Since January 2003, he has presided over the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra Foundation (Fospa).  He was nominated to the position for a second term after the orchestra’s musicians canvassed to bring him back to the chair.

During Mr. Nesralla’s first tenure as Fospa’s president from 1983 to 1991, two landmark events take place: the Ospa Theater opens in Porto Alegre and Natal Luz debuts in Gramado. Also during this time, three competitions are held to fill openings within the orchestra.

Under the current management, the goal is to bring Ospa back to its roots as the best orchestra in Latin America. Another goal is to acquire its own facilities, as well as having a solid project which will engage Ospa within the community by spreading classical music throughout the different social tiers.

During his tenure as president of the II and III Mercosur Visual Arts Biennial (1999-2001), Mr. Nesralla made a fundamental contribution to the visual arts in the state by strengthening its role as the largest visual arts exhibit in Latin America. In 2001, he was bestowed the Knighthood of the Order of Cultural Merit, awarded by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil.

In the cardiovascular field, Mr. Nesralla continues carrying out pioneering surgical procedures. In 1999, he implanted the country’s first implantable electric heart and in 2000, carried out the first robot-assisted surgery in Latin America. He is currently president of the Institute of Cardiology, where he has worked since his early days as a surgeon. He has held office as the institute’s president four times.

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