Thursday, March 13, 2014

Doctor Profiles--Dr. Ramon Ruiz Diaz

Dr. Ramon Ruiz Diaz, our anesthesiologist, is here on his second term of service, the first being in the 1990s.  Born in Paraguay, he is an anesthesiologist with a sub-specialty in pediatric anesthesia who worked in Mexico (private practice, instructor of pediatric anesthesiology for the government of Nuevo Leon and head teacher in charge of senior anesthesia residents and interns, and vice president of the board and supervisor of the emergency room of Galeana General Hospital, Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico) and the Dutch island of Curacao (head of anesthesiology at Antillean Adventist Hospital).   

Dr. Ruiz Diaz received his medical degree from Montemorelos University School of Medicine, Montemorelos, Mexico, where he was the senior class president of the entire university.  His anesthesiology residency, where he was a senior resident team leader, was at the Hospital of the University of Nuevo Leon, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico (which has 22 operating rooms and is a liver, lung, kidney, and pancreas transplant center).  His pediatric anesthesiology residency was at the Children’s Hospital, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Dr. Ramon has participated in search and rescue teams in Mexico and also served on an orthopedic surgical team with Red Cross Aruba in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010.  He and two of his team members received a decoration for their outstanding service.

Being interviewed for the news before traveling to Haiti.

Back home.

Receiving the decoration from Emily de Jongh-Elhage, 
who was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles at the time.

Being interviewed on the news.

Did you know that anesthesiologists are very highly specialized physicians who have many years of extensive and specialized training--and that there is only one anesthesiologist per 184,000 Nepalese?  During their work day, they may encounter very complicated and difficult medical and surgical situations where life saving skills and decision-making capabilities are a must.

Anesthesiologists are also perioperative physicians, which means they provide medical care to patients before, during, and after surgery.  Among other things, preoperative medical evaluations must be taken before surgery, as well as a consultation and planning of the surgery with the surgical team.  A plan for the anesthesia must be tailored to each individual patient, airway management must be implemented, there must be intraoperative life support and diagnostic evaluations, pain control, and critical postoperative life support.  Medical management of preexisting medical conditions must be controlled as well as any care and management of medical or surgical complications and/or intensive care management as situations warrant.  Other essential and critical skills required of anesthesiologists include the management, direction of and performance of cardiac and pulmonary resuscitation and advanced life support as well as stabilization and preparation of patients for emergency surgery.

                                                He is very happy to be here serving in Nepal.   

 With him is his wife Kathy, who is the librarian at Esa Memorial School
and also doing some secretarial work.

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