Enjoy – a short ad for the Bogota Guide to Medical Tourism featuring Bogota’s Hottest Young Surgeons – including Dr. Juan Pablo Umana, Dr. Ivan Adolfo Santos, Dr. Juan Carlos Garzon, Dr. Freddy Sanabria and Dr. Felix Castro. If you haven’t heard about Bogota’s best and brightest – you haven’t heard anything yet.
Bogota’s Hottest Young Surgeons is my latest article on Colombia Reports – talking about some of the great young surgeons here in the capital;
1. Dr. Juan Pablo Umana (cardiac surgeon)
2/3. Dr. Ivan Santos and Dr. Freddy Sanabria, (plastic surgeons)
4. Dr. Costanza Moreno (orthopedics)
5. Dr. Juan Carlos Garzon (thoracic surgeon) and
6. Dr. Jose Felix Castro (general surgeon)
and some of the things they are doing (which all of my loyal readers already know all about!)
It was a different style of writing than I am used to – but I enjoyed it, and hope to do another article in the future.
Update: After getting a few requests – I’ve re-posted the article here. (But, I’d appreciate it if you went to Colombia Reports anyway, so the editors can know how many people are reading the articles – and hope that they will publish more in the future!)
From Colombia Reports.com
Bogota’s Hottest Young Surgeons
Don’t let their youth fool you. These young Bogota surgeons are well versed in the latest technologies and the newest surgical techniques, and are changing the face of, and bringing new sophistication to the capital’s medical community.
Dr. Juan Pablo Umana, 46, Cardiac surgeon
A Bogota native, Dr. Juan Pablo Umana, with his Stanford education, quintessential rugged good looks and a refreshing outlook, brings a California flavor to Fundacion Cardioinfantil, where he has been the Chief of Adult Cardiac Surgery since 2004. He, along with Dr. Nestor Sandoval have ushered in a new era of Cardiac Surgery in Bogota with a expanding and state-of-the-art cardiac surgery service line. Notably, in 1997, Dr. Umana along with Dr. Memhet Oz invented the first mitral clip for percutaneous valve repair. During surgery, he is focused, meticulous and unflappable. Despite being the most senior of the surgeons listed here, he is just hitting his stride.
Dr. Ivan Adolfo Santos, 41, Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Ivan Santos operates at Clinica Shaio, and is one of a trio of celebrity plastic surgeons here in Bogota. Genetically blessed, he looks ten years younger than his 41 years. In spite of his boyish good looks and shy nature, Dr. Santos is a confident and talented surgeon; more importantly, he gets results. Watching Dr. Santos operate is similar to watching a symphony conductor orchestrate classic music composures with 160 musicians. He never misses a beat, and he is simultaneously aware of everything around him. With his precision in the operating room and aggressive post-operative therapies, patients recover faster, with less pain, and leave his office looking and feeling their best.
Dra. Constanza Moreno Serrano, 40, Orthopedic Surgeon
Dra. Constanza Moreno is orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and microsurgery such as digital reattachment after traumatic injury, reconstructive surgery and correction of congenital deformities. After training with the famed Dr. Harold Kleinert and Dr. Breidenbach III in Louisville, Kentucky, she returned to Bogota in 2005. She is currently developing a hand transplant program for victims of landmines. Next week, she is presenting her proposal at the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Juan Carlos Garzon, 39, Thoracic Surgeon
Dr. Juan Carlos Garzon is a man of action; operating at several facilities across Bogota. Trained in Hong Kong, Dr. Garzon excels at the more difficult thoracic cases. As one of just a few board-certified thoracic surgeons in Colombia, he is using video-assisted thoracoscopy to able to treat complex disease with minimal incisions. He is also teaching this technique to surgeons across Colombia. During cases, he is relaxed, controlled and ready for anything.
Dr. Freddy Sanabria S., 38, Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Freddy Sanabria, a young Richard Gere look-a-like, makes his own pretty women as one-half of the Sanabria plastic surgery practice. Trained at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, he brings skill, dedication and the latest cosmetic innovations to a well-established surgical clinic. While operating, he is confident, focused and detail oriented, and his surgical team anticipates his every need.
Dr. Jose Felix Castro, 37, General Surgeon
Dr. Jose Felix Castro is a staff surgeon at Clinica del Country. This magna cum laude academic scholar is one of a few of the talented young general surgeons in Bogota who have embraced single port laparoscopy, which means abdominal surgery without a scar. While Dr. Castro is the youngest of our line up, he brings a wealth of experience to the operating room.
Back in the operating room today with Dr. Ivan Santos at Clinica Shaio. Dr. Santos was in perfect form, as always.. (I swear, watching him in the operating room is like watching a conductor with a 160 member orchestra..He sees and notices everything.)
He was assisted by Dr. Julie Alfonso today.
If you want to see & learn more about Dr. Ivan Santos – he has his own YouTube channel.. (It’s in Spanish.)
Spent time in the operating room at Shaio watching Dr. Ivan Santos operate this morning. Operating rooms are large, clean, well-lit and all equipment is modern and fully functional.
Dr. Santos operates with a second surgeon assisting, Dr. Rudolfo Reyes. Today’s case which was a combination of body and facial procedures was performed under a combination of local and conscious sedation. Patient appeared comfortable during the procedure and all standardized intra-operative protocols were followed. Sterility was maintained throughout the case. (No intra-operative photos taken with patient in view – for privacy concerns.)
The particular case was more complex that average – patient was undergoing a revision after previous surgery several years ago (with another surgeon). Dr. Santos was meticulous in attention to detail, calm and pleasant in demeanor, and aggressive in surgical management. He has a good rapport with his OR team, who were able to anticipate his needs.
Going back on Monday for another case.
Note: Be careful when searching the internet for doctor information – there is a lot of disinformation out there (which is why I am writing a book). Currently there is a doctor impersonating Dr. Ivan Santos – if you do a search for Dr. Santos – this doctor comes up, claiming to be in practice with him. Please be careful everyone!)
More about Dr. Ivan Santos:
Caught up with Dr. Ivan Santos, plastic surgeon today. What a delightful surprise! After all I had read and seen, I had expected an arrogant self-important surgeon – but that certainly wasn’t the reality. (To all you naysayers who think that surgeons being interviewed by a relatively obscure nurse are always on their best behavior – well – that’s just not the case.)
I will tell you answers to the rumors floating around Bogota (which are):
1. Dr. Santos is so busy, he often sleeps in his car between cases.. TRUE.. He loves to work – used to operate seven days a week, but now down to six..
2. He isn’t related to Dr. Hernando Santos Calderon (heart surgeon at Shaio) and President Juan Manual Santos (President of Colombia.) Okay, only an NP in cardiothoracic surgery would rank it that way – but there you have it.
Don’t let his youthful good looks fool you, at 41, Dr. Santos is a seasoned, experienced surgeon. I’ll tell you more when I get back from the operating room on Saturday.
And as you know, if you want the real stats, you have to wait for the book..