Graciela Cortes-Ramos graduated in 1984 as a medical doctor from Escuela Autónoma de Ciencias Médicas de Centro America (UACA). From 1987 to 1992, she did her general surgery residence at San Juan de Dios Hospital with the Universidad de Costa Rica. Then she went to the Service de Chirugie Digestive du Proffeseur Jean Claude Sarles a l´Hopital Saint Marguerite in Marseille, where she was an attaché associe aux titre etranger, and trained in laparoscopy and proctology, between 1992 and 1993. After completing her fellowship, she worked at the Emergency Department of Hospital San Juan de Dios in Costa Rica for one year (1993). Then she left to Barcelona, where she worked in the Clínica del Pilar (1994). In 1995, she returned to Costa Rica and started working at the Emergency Deparment where she works until now. Moreover, she has always being interested in teaching and sharing her knowledge with younger generations, and she was the Coordinator of the Residents Training Program in General Surgery, at Hospital San Juan de Dios, with the University of Costa Rica. In 2003, she coordinated a course in laparoscopic surgery at the National University, and in May 21, 2008, she became the Founder and the Director of CIELTA, a Center for research and training in Laparoscopy; this Center is located in the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América (UACA), in association with OLYMPUS and Covidien. Actually she dedicates most of her practice to bariatric and general surgery utilizing advanced laparoscopic techniques and single site surgery. She has her private practice at CIMA Hospital, a JCI approved hospital in Costa Rica.
Biography Updated on 3 November 2009