Spent a fascinating morning over at the National Cancer Insitute with Dr. Rafael Beltran, the Chief of Thoracic Surgery. Since the cancer institute is the biggest hospital specializing in cancer treatment – Dr. Beltran sees most of the rare and unusual cancers affecting the chest. He also have a keen interest in tracheal surgery, and has published (in collaboration with Dr. Barrios) several articles on the topic recently. (Guess we’ll have to tap into his expertise for a guest publication over at CirugiadeTorax.org)
Hoping to follow him to the OR next week.
Then I spent the afternoon over at Hospital de Kennedy with Dr. Nelson Renteria.
Today he performed a VATs decortication for a stage III empyema (which is one of my favorite cases – but that’s another discussion entirely.) Going back tomorrow to see some of his vascular cases.