Spent the morning with Dr. Juan Fernando Ramon, neurosurgeon at Hospital Centro de la Policia. (He also operates at two other hospitals). Dr. Ramon is one of only a handful of neurosurgeons in Colombia who performs neuroendoscopy.
We toured the hospital – and then I watched him perform a small procedure for radiculopathy (in a patient with chronic back pain.) The hospital has a fully-equipped $4 million dollar neuro-suite (not seen in photo below.)
The patient kindly gave permission for the use of the photos
- Dr. Ramon (and patient)
Met with Dr. Camilo Osorio, Thoracic surgeon this afternoon, for patient consultations. He was great – spent a lot of time with patients explaining procedures, and answering questions. He also calls all of his patients a few days before and after surgery – just to see how they are doing. I’ll see Dr. Osorio in the operating room soon.
Ran into Dr. Rincon (cardiac surgeon) from SaludCoop – literally. I plan to go back over to SaludCoop and see him and Dr. Mauricio Jimenez again.
I’ve decided to cease my pursuit of Dr. Camilo Prieto- after several emails, phone calls (by other surgeons vouching for me) and a visit – I just have to assume he isn’t interested in participating. I only pursued him so far because besides being heavily advertised, and well-known here, I never actually got to speak to him personally, and never got a “no” from anyone.. But now that others have contacted him on my behalf – I’ll definitely take that as a ‘no’..