Prior to joining CAPE, Rodrigo was Senior Director, Special Projects and IT Director for over 15 years at several flagship pediatric subacute facilities: Children’s Recovery Center (CRC), Sub-Acute Saratoga Children’s Hospital (SASH), and Scribbles and Giggles Pediatric Day Health Center (collectively known as Pediatric Recovery Network). Through his tenure he also trained staff in and managed clinical IT and biomedical technology. A notable accomplishment included implementation of Masimo Patient Safety Net (PSN), a centralized and remote monitoring system for pulse oximetry, at CRC and SASH.

Rodrigo has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (emphasis in Adapted Physical Activity) from San Jose State University and a Master of Science in Physiotherapy from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. Through his professional work at CAPE and in the community through The Medically Fragile Children’s Foundation of Northern California, Rodrigo continues to be an advocate for advancing programs that not only improve the quality of life, but the quality of childhood for children who have severe medical needs and require medical technology to sustain life.

Current Role at Stanford

Rodrigo Galindo manages technology and supports research and education for simulation programs at the Center for Advanced Pediatric & Perinatal Education (CAPE) ( within the School of Medicine/Pediatrics/Neonatology division. He also assists with collaborative quality improvement initiatives between CAPE and the departments of Labor & Delivery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Obstetrics at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

Honors & Awards

  • The President's Volunteer Service Award, Corporation for National and Community Service (2013-2017)
  • Challenge Award for Leadership, Via Services (2004)
  • Committee to Enhance Equity and Diversity (CEED) Award, San Jose State University (2002, 2005)

Education & Certifications

  • MSc, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom, Physiotherapy (pre-registration) (2010)
  • BS, San Jose State University, Kinesiology (emphasis in Adapted Physical Activity) (2005)
  • CHSOS, Society for Simulation in Simulation Healthcare (SSH), Certified Healthcare Simulation Operations Specialist (2021)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • President and CEO, The Medically Fragile Children's Foundation of Northern California (August 2010)

    The mission of The Medically Fragile Children’s Foundation of Northern
    California (MFCFNC) is to serve children (up to 21 years of age), who
    require medical technology and intervention to sustain life, and connect
    them with the innate experiences associated with growing up, just as
    their peers without such limitations experience.We aim to uphold our mission through a
    five-point BUILD philosophy:

    Boosting community awareness and support of each child’s
    unique spirit and needs regardless of disability, ethnicity,
    socioeconomic status, and/or religion

    Utilizing funds and resources to support childhood experiences
    and life-enhancing equipment that are not normally expected to
    be covered by a hospital / center and being financially
    accountable by maintaining transparency to all stakeholders

    Improving quality of life by making typical childhood experiences
    more accessible: engaging in hobbies, celebrating life events
    (milestone birthdays, graduations), and recreating (going to
    concerts/movies, sporting events, the park, the mall, etc)

    Limiting barriers that impede a child’s ability to live as normal as
    a life possible

    Decreasing financial burden associated with a child’s disability
    and illness on the family.


    San Jose, California

  • Chapter Executive Team Member and Event Manager, One Brick, Silicon Valley & SF Chapters (January 2010)

    Mission Statement
    One Brick creates a community of volunteers by offering fun opportunities for individuals to serve local nonprofits. We provide a calendar of volunteer and social events to help people get involved, have an impact, and have fun, without the requirements of long term commitments.

    About One Brick
    One Brick is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (Federal ID: 77-0593889) that is a community of volunteers that support other local nonprofits by creating a friendly and social atmosphere around volunteering. After each volunteer event our volunteer team invites everyone to gather at a local restaurant or coffee shop where they can get to know one another in a relaxed social setting. Additionally we host regular social events for our volunteers to connect to one another and to welcome new volunteers to our community.

    We provide a flexible way for you to volunteer where and when you want.


    San Francisco & Silicon Valley, CA

  • Rod's Challenge for Children (UK 3 Peaks Challenge), The Medically Fragile Children's Foundation of Northern California (9/2013)

    San Jose Mercury News Article

    1 Challenge
    Raise at least $25,000 (US dollars) and climb the tallest peak in each of three British countries in
    a 24 hour period (this includes ascent, descent, and driving time). Five to seven (5-7)% of all
    online donations will automatically be charged to cover administration fees for this website.

    3 Peaks
    Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, and Snowdon (aka “UK’s Three Peak Challenge”)

    Infinite Childhoods
    Funds raised will support opportunities that promote the quality of childhood for kids who
    require medical technology to sustain life.

    Since many of the children served rely on life support, Rodrigo will aim to complete this
    challenge while carrying a ventilator + battery (14kg/31lbs), in addition to normal hiking gear
    (food, water, equipment, etc.). The challenge date is set to take place on 14 September 2013
    with the assistance of a guide. Visit this website for more information and to donate! Thanks!

    Our VIsion
    Building better childhoods


    United Kingdom