Site merge

Notice of site merge:  since much of the content tends to run parallel – from medical tourism to medical information about medical conditions and treatment options – I am merging Cartagena Surgery content with Latin American surgery.

For my readers here at Latin American Surgery, this means that the tone of the blog will change with the addition of my more personal posts on photography, student life (during various internships), travels and road trips within the USA and other posts.  I hope that this give readers a better sense of the person behind the posts.

I debated for several months before initiating the large-scale move – (hundreds of posts), and it will take time to organize and arrange all of the new additions.  Hopefully, the addition of the posts is welcome to all of my long-term followers  – who can now find information on medical conditions  (aortic stenosis) and the doctors (cardiac surgeons) to treat it at the same place.

Images of Colombia

While I am back here in the United States, I wanted to share many of the images I’ve gathered and collected during my most recent visit to Colombia..  Some of these images will be familiar to long-term readers from various posts about my trips to Lerida, visits to the finca, and day-to-day encounters with different and interesting people in Colombia.

I hope you enjoy!

J. O’Shaughnessy

Some of you have heard me talk about my friend, Jo O’shaughnessy before.  She’s a fabulous photographer that I met here in Bogotá.  (Told you there are always interesting and great people to encounter in this city.)


Jo has started a new blog, but she’s still getting the hang of it – so when she sent me one of her pictures of ‘Bogotá life’ – I told her I will be thrilled to share it.  She is more than a photographer – she has the instincts and the artist sensibilities to see what other people overlook.

The next picture is a perfect example of that.  On a rainy day in Bogotá – Jo looked out the window of a coffee shop and saw this man.  He’s one of hundreds of scrap collectors in the city – people who make their living, and eek out a survival by collecting and reselling much of what the rest of the city regards as garbage.  Like garbage, most people don’t even see the scrap collectors. They just become part of the city landscape, pulling their carts through traffic and enduring all sorts of conditions.

Few people stop to think about it. Fewer still can capture that daily struggle.


And then there’s Jo – whose heart is so big – and is practically chasing the man down the street to offer him her husband’s coat..