Rafael Espada

Dr. José Rafael Espada is the Vice President of Guatemala and a former cardiothoracic surgeon.

Espada (born Guatemala City, 14 January 1944) is well known in the Houston cardiothoracic surgery community. He grew up in Guatemala. From an early age he wanted to grow up to be a doctor. Espada received his doctorate degree at the San Carlos University (Universidad San Carlos) in Guatemala and performed his surgery internship residency training in general and thoracic surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He also received subspecialty training from LeClub Mitrale, France; and other highly recognized international institutions.Fact|date=October 2007 He was a resident of the 3000 Block of Quenby Street in West University Place, Texas, United States. [" [http://www.examinernews.com/articles/2007/11/19/west_university/news/news03.txt Former West U resident next Guatamalan VP] ," "West University Examiner", November 14, 2007]

He was employed at the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center in Houston, Texas, and a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine. Espada was known to travel from Houston to Guatemala on a monthly basis, to treat underprivileged patients requiring special cardiothoracic procedures. As a cardiac surgeon, he was best known for performing Pulmonary Thromboembelectomies (PFE). He is also believed to have been one of the first to successfully perform a cardiac autotransplant (and to this day has performed more successful autotransplants).Fact|date=October 2007

He has raised money for a charity hospital in Guatemala, and currently are building a state-of-the-art facility specifically designed for cardiothoracic surgery. He performed an average of 10 charity surgeries out of the US every month.

He was also board-certified in General Surgery. While at Houston, performed nearly 1000 cardiothoracic procedures a year and around 400 in Guatemala. Espada has received numerous awards and recognitions throughout the course of his medical career including: Honorary Doctorate from the University of Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala, Honorary Professor from Universidad La Salle in Mexico City, Governors award from The Chest Foundation, Paul Harris Award from the International Rotary Society, among many others.

Since 1981 he has been related with the Brazilian Vascular Society and received in Houston, Texas many Brazilian doctors, that learned with him the best techniques on cardiovascular surgery. He was the main guest speaker for the Vascular Meeting of the Brazilian Society in Rio de Janeiro, in June 1998.

He recently stepped down from his position at Houston's Methodist Hospital/DeBakey Heart Institute and returned to his native Guatemala. There, he successfully ran for Vice President of Guatemala. On 14 January 2008, he took office alongside the President, Álvaro Colom.

ources

*http://www.pinnaclecare.com/finding/mab/physicians/phcphysicianbio.2005-07-28.9726418592/phcphysicianbio_view
*http://www.tmc.edu/tmcnews/05_15_01/page_05.html

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Rafael Espada — José Rafael Espada Rafael Espada junto a Juan Pablo Espino ex Alcalde de Esquipulas …   Wikipedia Español

  • José Rafael Espada — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda José Rafael Espada. José Rafael Espada, es un cirujano cardiovascular y político guatemalteco, Vicepresidente de la República de Guatemala. Biografía Rafael Espada nació el 14 de enero de 1944 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rafael Alberti — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Alberti. Rafael Alberti Rafael Alberti (1968) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rafaël Alberti — Rafael Alberti Pour les articles homonymes, voir Alberti. Rafael Alberti Rafael Alberti Merello (16 décembre 190 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Espada y hechicería — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Ilustración original de la revista Weird Tales para El fénix en la espada, relato de Robert E. Howard publicado en 1932. La espada y hechicería, o espada y brujería (del inglés sword and sorcery), es un subgénero de… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rafael Alberti — Merello (El Puerto de Santa María, December 16, 1902 October 28, 1999) was a Spanish poet, a member of the Generation of 27. Alberti published his first books of poetry towards the end of the 1920s: Marinero en tierra ( Sailor on Dry Land , 1925) …   Wikipedia

  • Rafael Castro Ordóñez — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Rafael Castro y Ordóñez Nacimiento 1830 ó 1834 Madrid Fallecimiento …   Wikipedia Español

  • Rafael Garcia Travesi — Rafael García Travesí Rafael García Travesí y Carral (né le 8 avril 1910 à Mexico décédé le 22 mars 1984 à Mexico) était un scénariste de cinéma mexicain. Il a écrit plusieurs scénarios de films d El Santo. Biographie Rafael García Travesí y… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rafael García Travesí y Carrall — Rafael García Travesí Rafael García Travesí y Carral (né le 8 avril 1910 à Mexico décédé le 22 mars 1984 à Mexico) était un scénariste de cinéma mexicain. Il a écrit plusieurs scénarios de films d El Santo. Biographie Rafael García Travesí y… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Rafael Travesi — Rafael García Travesí Rafael García Travesí y Carral (né le 8 avril 1910 à Mexico décédé le 22 mars 1984 à Mexico) était un scénariste de cinéma mexicain. Il a écrit plusieurs scénarios de films d El Santo. Biographie Rafael García Travesí y… …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.