As a follow-up for all the overseasradio.com radio listeners (and all my loyal readers) I have posted some additional information on the topics covered during the radio program with Ilene Little from Traveling for Health.com including contact information for several of the physicians mentioned.
Esophageal cancer – during the segment we highlighted the importance of seeking surgical treatment for esophageal cancer at a high-volume center. One of the centers we mentioned was the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA – and the work of Dr. Benny Weksler, MD.
Dr. Benny Weksler*, MD
Hillman Cancer Center
5115 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: (412) 648-6271
He is an Associate Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at UPMC and the UPMC Cancer Center. (For more information on Dr. Weksler, esophageal cancer, and issues in thoracic surgery – see my sister site, Cirugia de Torax.org)
(To schedule an appointment via UPMC on-line click here).
We also briefly mentioned Dr. Daniela Molena*, MD at John Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.
600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
Appointment Phone: 410-933-1233
(The link above will take readers to the John Hopkins site where they can also make an appointment.)
* I would like to note that I have not observed either of these physicians (Weksler or Molena) in the operating room.
We also talked about several of the thoracic surgeons that I have interviewed and observed numerous times, including both Dr. Rafael Beltran, MD & Dr. Ricardo Buitrago, MD at the National Cancer Institute in Bogotá, Colombia. These guys are doing some pretty amazing work, on a daily basis – including surgery and research on the treatment of some very aggressive cancers.
Dr. Rafael Beltran is the Director of the Thoracic Surgery division, and has published several papers on tracheal surgery. He’s an amazing surgeon, but primarily speaks Spanish, but his colleague Dr. Buitrago (equally excellent) is fully fluent in English.
Now the National Institute website is in Spanish, but Dr. Buitrago is happy to help, and both he and Dr. Beltran welcome overseas patients.
Dr. Buitrago recently introduced RATS (robot assisted thoracic surgery) to the city of Bogotá.
Now, I’ve written about these two surgeons several times (including two books) after spending a lot of time with both of them during the months I lived and researched surgery in Bogotá, so I have included some links here to the on-line journal I kept while researching the Bogotá book. It’s not as precise, detailed or as lengthy as the book content (more like a diary of my schedule while working on the book), but I thought readers might enjoy it.
There are a lot of other great surgeons on the Bogotá website, and in the Bogotá book – even if they didn’t get mentioned on the show, so take a look around, if you are interested.
Dr. Ricardo Buitrago, MD
please put “medical tourist” or “overseas patient for thoracic surgery” in the subject line.
We talked about Dr. Carlos Ochoa, MD – the thoracic surgeon I am currently studying with here in Mexicali, MX. I’ve posted all sorts of interviews and stories about working with him – here at Cartagena Surgery under the “Mexicali tab” and over at Cirugia de Torax.org as well. (Full disclosure – I assisted Dr. Ochoa in writing some of the English content of his site.)
HIPEC / Treatment for Advanced Abdominal Cancers
I don’t think I even got to mention Dr. Fernando Arias’ name on the program, but we did talk about HIPEC or intra-operative chemotherapy, so I have posted some links to give everyone a little more information about both.
HIPEC archives at Bogotá Surgery.org – listing of articles about HIPEC, and Dr. Arias. (I recommend starting from oldest to most recent.)
Dr. Fernando Arias
Oncologic Surgeon at the Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogotá in Bogotá, Colombia. You can either email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the International Patient Center at the hospital. (The international patient center will help you arrange all of your appointments, travel, etc.)
Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota
Ms. Ana Maria Gonzalez Rojas, RN
Chief of the International Services Department
Calle 119 No 7- 75
Tele: 603 0303 ext. 5895
Now – one thing I would like to caution people is that email communications are treated very differently in Mexico and Colombia, meaning that you may not get a response for a day or two. (They treat it more like we treat regular postal mail. If something is really important, people tend to use the phone/ text.)
Of course, I should probably include a link to the books over on Amazon.com – and remind readers that while the Mexicali ‘mini-book’ isn’t finished yet – when it is – I’ll have it available on-line for free pdf downloads.