Doctors from the Neurology department at the Children‘s Hospital in Miami expressed their interest in coming to Cuba as part of solidarity efforts with Caribbean countries, press sources reported in the eastern Cuban province of Camagüey.

Driven by the presence in southern Florida of the renowned Cuban neurosurgeon José Montejo, representatives from that institution announced their intention to visit the children’s hospital of Camagüey with the objective of strengthening cooperative bonds between Cuba and the U.S. scientific community.

Doctors from the Neurology department at the Children‘s Hospital in Miami expressed their interest in coming to Cuba as part of solidarity efforts with Caribbean countries, press sources reported in the eastern Cuban province of Camagüey.U.S. specialists praised the high level of the Cuban school of medicine, the head of the neurosurgery team at the Eduardo Agramonte Piña Children’s Hospital of Camagüey told the press.

Montejo, who recently completed a term as scholarship holder at the Neurology Children‘s Hospital, became the first Latin American physician to get recognition from the U.S. Association of Neurological Surgeons.

According to reports, the Cuban specialist’s exchange with his U.S. colleagues allowed him to make known his surgical techniques during his 90-day stay in the United States in late 2015.

Dr. Montejo, one of Camagüey’s first specialists to have developed minimally invasive surgery of the nervous system, noted that the best result of the exchange was that it allowed for practical activities and the observance of surgical procedures among children.

Experts agree that endoscopic surgery is very costly and in constant development.

Montejo expressed his satisfaction for the warm welcome given to him by his U.S. colleagues and for having the chance to take part in the exchange, which resulted in the donation of several up-to-date texts on neurosurgery and a very expensive piece of equipment for the Children’s Hospital of Camagüey.

¨I fulfilled my expectations with this trip: to get scientific information about the subject matters of my PhD thesis, get familiar with the clinical manifestations of epilepsy and related treatments, and learn more about the new approaches for minimally invasive surgery,“ he said.

Montejo, 58, is a second degree specialist in neurosurgery who has a master’s degree in science and works as a regular professor at the Carlos J. Finlay School of Medicine in Camagüey.

He has been the president of the Provincial mNeurosurgery Group since 2004, is a member of the Latin American Association of Pediatric Neurosurgeons, and has attended several congresses on this specialty in Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

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