Forbes has published, for the sixth consecutive year, its list of the 100 best doctors in Spain in the fields of care, research and teaching, who work in both public and private centres throughout most of Spain.
Among them are specialists who practice in hospitals such as Vall d’Hebron, Ramón y Cajal, Complejo Asistencial Universitario de Salamanca, Fundación Jiménez Díaz, La Paz or Gregorio Marañón, as well as Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, Hospital Universitario de Cruces, Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Centro Médico Teknon, Hospital Universitario Infantil Niño Jesús, Hospital Universitario Rey Juan Carlos, Hospital Universitario Virgen del Rocío de Sevilla, Hospital Clínico San Carlos or Hospital German Trials i Pujol, among more than 60 centres.
The list of the best doctors in this edition reflects a total of 26 medical-surgical specialities -Forbes has added Immunotherapy-, ranging from Cardiology, Pneumology, Neurology, Internal Medicine and Haematology to Urology, Paediatrics, Gynaecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Angiology and Vascular Surgery, Traumatology, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology, among others.
In Allergology, Dr. Carmen Vidal, director of the Allergy Service of the University Hospital Complex of Santiago, a centre with great international prestige in the field of research; Dr. Pedro Gamboa, a reference in Allergology in Bilbao with a career of more than 30 years, currently head of the Allergology section at the Cruces University Hospital;Dr. Ana P. Montero, an allergist with an extensive professional career in both public and private medicine and current head of the Allergology Department at the Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital; and Dr. Joaquín Sastre, head of the Allergology Department at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, as well as Honorary Professor of the Faculty of Medicine at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
ANGIOLOGY AND VASCULAR SURGERY
The medical speciality that deals with diseases of the arterial, venous and lymphatic vascular system is Angiology and Vascular Surgery and, in this field, this year Forbes highlights a single reference, Dr. Pablo Gallo, who directs the Angiology and Vascular Pathology Unit at the Ruber Internacional Hospital, as well as working at the San Rafael Hospital in Madrid.
Seven doctors stand out in the speciality that deals with cardiovascular diseases, the main cause of death in developed countries. They are Dr. José Ángel Cabrera, one of the leading national and international specialists, head of the Cardiology Department at the Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital and of the Cardiology Unit at the Complejo Hospitalario Ruber Juan Bravo and Hospital San José; Dr. Antonio Fernández, director of the Cardiovascular Institute at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos in Madrid and head of the Interventional Cardiology Unit; Dr. José María de la Torre, head of the Interventional Cardiology Unit at the Marqués de Valdecilla University Hospital in Santander, who combines this function with others linked to research and training; Dr. Carlos Macaya, a world reference in therapeutic catheterisation of congenital cardiopathies who works at the Nuestra Señora del Rosario University Hospital; Dr. Antonio Berruezo, Director of the Department of Arrhythmias and Research at the Quirónsalud Teknon Heart Institute, who for 15 years headed the Ventricular Arrhythmias Unit at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona; Dr. Borja Ibáñez Cabeza, who combines his scientific work as Director of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) with his clinical activity as an interventional cardiologist at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz; and Dr. José Luis Zamorano, head of the Ramón y Cajal Hospital Service, is one of the world’s leading experts in non-invasive cardiological diagnosis and a reference in the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular problems.
CARDIAC AND CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY
Five names stand out in Cardiac and Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Gonzalo Aldámiz-Echevarría del Castillo, head of the Cardiac Surgery Service at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz and Hospital Quirónsalud Albacete, who also coordinates the Cardiac Surgery Service at the Rey Juan Carlos and General de Villalba University Hospitals; Dr. Alberto Forteza, head of the Cardiovascular Surgery Service at Hospital Puerta de Hierro and head of the Cardiac Surgery Service at Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid; Dr. Manuela Camino, head of the Children’s Cardiac Transplant Unit at Hospital Maternal Infantil Gregorio Mariano Mariano, and head of the Cardiac Transplant Unit at Hospital Maternal Infantil Gregorio Mariano Mariano; Dr. Manuela Camino, head of the Children’s Heart Transplant Unit at the Gregorio Marañón Maternity Hospital; and Dr. José Enrique Rodríguez, head of the Cardiac Surgery Unit at the Ruber Internacional Hospital and La Zarzuela University Hospital, an expert in thoracic aortic diseases, surgical treatment of the pericardium, heart rhythm disorders and cardiac tumour pathologies.
Finally, Dr. Xavier Ruyra, a specialist in cardiovascular surgery and one of the leading experts in heart valve repair, head of the Cardiac Surgery Department at the Quirónsalud Teknon Heart Institute and head of the Department at the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol in Badalona (on leave of absence).
GENERAL AND DIGESTIVE SURGERY
There are five strong names in this speciality. Dr. Antonio de Lacy, a world-renowned surgeon who in 2022 will no longer be performing surgery at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona; but he is still active, having recently joined the team at the Clínica Rotger, as well as directing the Instituto Quirúrgico Lacy; Dr. Damián García-Olmo, head of the Department of Surgery at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz and director of its Cell Therapy Unit, with special dedication to colorectal cancer and proctology; Dr. Salvador Morales Conde, coordinator of the Minimally Invasive Surgery, Esophagogastric and Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Innovation Unit of the Surgery Department of the Virgen del Rocío Hospital and head of the Surgery Department of the Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón Hospital in Seville; Dr. César Canales Bedoya, a renowned surgeon who is head of the General and Digestive Surgery Service at the Ruber Internacional Hospital, as well as head of the General Surgery Service at the Hospital del Aire in Madrid; and Dr. Emilio Vicente López, director of the General and Digestive Surgery Service at the HM Sanchinarro University Hospital and the Ramón y Cajal University Hospital.
In Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Forbes once again highlights Dr. Lorena Flor Pingarrón, head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Department at university hospitals such as Infanta Elena de Valdemoro and General de Villalba; Dr. José Ignacio Salmerón, head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital; and Dr. Juan Rey Biel, specialist in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Service at the Rey Juan Carlos University Hospital, of which he is also medical director.
PLASTIC, AESTHETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
In this speciality, Dr. Vicente Paloma, who heads the plastic and cosmetic surgery team at the Dr. Paloma Institute of the Teknon Medical Centre; Dr. Pedro Cavadas, known as ‘Doctor Milagro’ for his daring to carry out operations that no other doctor wants to do because of the difficulties involved; Dr. Pedro T. Gómez, head of the Plastic Surgery and Major Burns Management Unit at the Ciudad Sanitaria Virgen del Rocío in Seville; Dr. José Luis Martín del Yerro, head of the Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Service at the Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid; and Dr. Purificación Holguín, head of the Plastic Surgery Service at the Hospital Universitario de Getafe, a reference centre in research and infection prevention in burn patients.
The experts are Dr. Francisco Javier Moradiellos, assistant doctor in the Thoracic Surgery and Lung Transplant Service at the University Hospital Puerta de Hierro, where he is responsible for the ex vivo lung perfusion project, as well as head of the Thoracic Surgery Service at the University Hospital La Luz, the University Hospital Ruber Juan Bravo and Ruber Internacional; Dr. Ignacio Muguruza, head of the Thoracic Surgery Department at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz and at the Rey Juan Carlos, Infanta Elena and General de Villalba University Hospitals; and Dr. Laureano Molins, who operates in the most prestigious centres in Barcelona and is head of the Thoracic Surgery Service at the Hospital Clínic and the Hospital Universitari Sagrat Cor in Barcelona.
Dermatology treats and diagnoses diseases of the skin, hair, nails and mucous membranes. Dr. Ricardo Ruiz, creator of the first Skin Hospital in Spain, Clínica Dermatológica Internacional, as well as head of the Dermatology Service at the Hospital Ruber Internacional; Dr. Pedro Jaén, head of the Dermatology Service at the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, who also practices at his clinic Grupo Pedro Jaén; and Dr. Eduardo López Bran, head of the Dermatology Service and director of the Institute of Skin Diseases and Surgery at the Hospital Clínico San Carlos, as well as medical director of the Clínica Imema, stand out in this field.
DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING AND RADIOLOGY
In this speciality, Dr. Vicente Martínez de Vega, head of the Diagnostic Imaging Service at the Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital, the Complejo Ruber Juan Bravo and San José de Madrid; Dr. Jaime Fernández Cuadrado, head of the Diagnostic Imaging Service at the Rey Juan Carlos de Móstoles, Infanta Elena de Valdemoro, General de Villalba and Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospitals in Madrid; and Dr. Juan Álvarez-Linera, head of the Neuroradiology Section of the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Ruber International Hospital.
ENDOCRINOLOGY AND NUTRITION
The following stand out: Dr. M. ª Asunción Martínez, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Department at the Virgen Macarena University Hospital in Seville; Dr. Susana Monereo, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Department at the Gregorio Marañón University Hospital, in addition to being head of the team at the Ruber Internacional Hospital; Dr. Esteban Jódar, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, as well as working at Hospital Universitario Ruber Juan Bravo, Hospital San José and a centre in Tres Cantos; Dr Clotilde Vázquez Martínez, who works at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz as head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Section and head of the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition group at the Institute of Health Research at the same centre; and Dr Ana Zugasti, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at the Clínica Hospital Universidad de Navarra.
GYNAECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS
The names that stand out in Gynaecology and Obstetrics are Dr. Adolfo López, head of the Department at the Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón Hospital in Seville; Dr. Manuel Albi, head of the Gynaecology and Obstetrics Department at the Jiménez Díaz Foundation, as well as practising at the General University Hospital in Villalba and the Infanta Elena University Hospital in Valdemoro; Dr. Julio Álvarez, head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at the Infanta Sofía Hospital, as well as being part of the Women’s Unit at the Ruber Internacional Hospital; Dr. Rafael Jiménez, head of the Magyc Gynaecology and Obstetrics Team at Ruber Internacional Hospital; Dr. Tania Manrique, specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Quirónsalud Córdoba Hospital, a centre where two years ago she set up a pregnancy plan to improve care for mothers-to-be; and Dr. Ana Gaitero, medical director of the HM Fertility Centre.
HAEMATOLOGY AND HAEMOTHERAPY
In this speciality, Dr. Francesc Bosch, head of Haematology at the IOB Institute of Oncology, Department of Haematology and director of the experimental haematology laboratory at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital; Dr. Mª Victoria Mateos, director of the Haematology Laboratory at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital; and Dr. M. Victoria Mateos, director of the Haematology and Haemotherapy Centre at HM Fertility Centre; Dr. Susana Rives Sola, head of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Unit of the Haematology and Oncology Department at the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu; and Dr. Pilar Llamas Sillero, head of Haematology and Haemotherapy at the Infanta Elena, Rey Juan Carlos, Fundación Jiménez Díaz and General de Villalba University Hospitals.
The speciality of Immunology is incorporated with the specialist Dr. Silvia Sánchez Ramón, president of the Society of Immunology of the Community of Madrid, head of the Immunology Service of the Hospital Clínico San Carlos and head of the Clinical Immunology Unit of the Hospital Ruber Internacional, in Madrid.
Forbes highlights Dr. Javier Taboada, a doctor specialising in Internal Medicine who works at the Hospital Ruber Internacional and the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Madrid; and Dr. Ángel Charte González, medical director of the MotoGP World Championship and head of the Internal Medicine Department at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus.
Pneumological diseases are one of the main causes of death in our country. In Pneumology, Dr. José María Echave-Sustaeta, head of the Pneumology Department at the Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, as well as practising in other centres such as the Hospital Universitario La Luz, stands out; Dr. Sarah Béatrice Heili, head of the Intermediate Respiratory Care Unit at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, where she also works as an assistant doctor in the Pneumology Service; and Dr. Marina Blanco, head of the High Complexity Asthma Unit at the University Hospital of A Coruña, with outstanding experience in asthma, cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis.
It has specialists such as Dr. Marisa Gandía, a prestigious neurosurgeon who practises at the Hospital La Paz, the Clínica Santa Elena and the Hospital Virgen del Mar; Dr. Ricardo Díez, head of department at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Hospital Universitario Rey Juan Carlos, Hospital Universitario General de Villalba and Hospital Universitario Infanta Elena, as well as head of the team at the Hospital Ruber Internacional; Dr. Francisco Villarejo, Head of the Neurosurgery Department at the Hospital del Niño Jesús in Madrid and Head of Department at the Hospital Universitario La Luz; and Dr. Francisco González-Llanos, a specialist in lumbar spine surgery, CNS oncology, emergency cerebral vascular surgery and neuro-oncology, practises in the following hospitals: Hospital del Niño Jesús in Madrid and Hospital Universitario La Luz.
In Neurology, Dr. Rafael Arroyo, head of the Neurology Service at Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid and of the Neurology Service at Hospital Universitario Ruber Juan Bravo; Dr. Javier Pardo, head of the Neurology Service at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, at Hospital Universitario Infanta Elena and at Hospital Universitario Rey Juan Carlos de Móstoles; Dr. Àngels Bayés, an expert in dementia and memory loss, Tourette’s syndrome, tics and gait disorders, is director of the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Unit at Teknon Medical Centre; Dr. Oriol Franch, head of the Neurology Unit at Ruber Internacional Hospital; and Dr. José Obeso, a specialist in Neurology and Neurophysiology, directs the HM Hospitales Comprehensive NeuroScience Centre, HM CINAC.
The speciality dedicated to eyesight has Dr. Elena Barraquer, assistant medical director of the Barraquer Ophthalmology Centre, as well as president and executive director of the Barraquer Foundation; Dr. Ignacio Jiménez-Alfaro, head of the Ophthalmology Service of the Jiménez Díaz Foundation and of the Madrid hospitals Ruber Juan Bravo, Infanta Elena de Valdemoro and Rey Juan Carlos de Móstoles; Dr. Luis Fernández Vega, head of the Ophthalmology Department at the Hospital Central de Asturias, who combines this with his position as medical director of the Instituto Oftalmológico Fernández-Vega; and Dr. Amadeu Carceller, director of the Ophthalmology Department at the Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona and assistant to the Glaucoma Department at the Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebrón in Barcelona, currently on leave of absence.
MEDICAL AND RADIOTHERAPY ONCOLOGY
In Medical Oncology, Dr. Luis Madero, head of the Oncohematology Service at the Niño Jesús University Children’s Hospital and Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital; Dr. Jesús García-Foncillas, director of the OncoHealth Oncology Institute and director of the Oncology Department of the Jiménez Díaz Foundation and director of the Translational Oncology Division of the FJD-UAM Health Research Institute; Dr. Javier Cortés, head of the Breast Cancer Programme at the International Breast Cancer Center in Barcelona, director of the Breast Cancer Programme at the Oncology Institute of the Ruber hospitals in Madrid and coordinator of the Breast Cancer Unit of the oncology services of the Hospitals of the Ribera Salud Group; Dr. Josep Tabernero, medical director of the IOB Institute of Oncology and its Digestive and Endocrine Tumours Unit, head of the Oncology Service of the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona and head of the Gastrointestinal Tumours Section of the Medical Oncology Service of the same hospital; Dr. Luis Pérez Ares, head of the Medical Oncology Service of the 12 de Octubre University Hospital; Dr. Andrés Cervantes, scientific director of the INCLIVA Health Research Institute, where he also coordinates the Cancer Research Area, and head of the Medical Oncology Service of the Hospital Clínico Universitario de València; and Dr. Anna María Lluch, coordinator of the Breast Cancer Biology Research Group-INCLIVA, was head of the Medical Oncology and Haematology Service of the Hospital Clínico de Valencia and, although retired, continues to consult altruistically.
In Radiation Oncology, Dr. Elia del Cerro, head of the Radiation Oncology Service at Hospital Universitario La Luz and Quirónsalud Madrid; Dr. Aurora Rodríguez, head of the team at Hospital Ruber Internacional and coordinator of the Infrastructure Group of the Spanish Society of Radiation Oncology (SEOR); and Dr. Raymond Miralbell, medical director of the Quirónsalud Proton Therapy Centre and director of the Teknon Oncology Institute, stand out in the field of Radiation Oncology.
It deals with patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck, where Dr. José Miguel Villacampa, associate head of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Cervicofacial Pathology at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, stands out; Dr. Alfredo García Fernández, head of the Otorhinolaryngology Section at the Doce de Octubre Hospital, who also works as a specialist at HM Hospitales; and Dr. Carlos Ruiz Escudero, head of the Otorhinolaryngology Department at the Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, who also works at the Hospital Quirónsalud San José and Hospital Universitario La Luz.
In this speciality, names such as Dr. Concha Sánchez Pina, president of the Spanish Association of Primary Care Paediatrics; Dr. Lucía Galán, paediatrician, writer and founding partner of Centro Médico Creciendo; Dr. Fernando Cabañas, specialist in Paediatrics and Childcare at Hospital La Paz in Madrid, where he is a member of the Management Committee of the Neonatology Service and where he has developed his professional career, is head of the Paediatrics and Neonatology Service at Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid; and Dr. Héctor Boix, head of the Paediatrics Service at Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona, who since 2021 is also the regional director of Paediatrics at Quirónsalud Barcelona.
TRAUMATOLOGY AND ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY
In Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Pablo Clavel, head of the Department of Neurosurgery and Spine at the Dr. Clavel Institute of the Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona, stands out. Clavel at Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona; Dr. Inmaculada Gómez Arrayás, a reference and pioneer in Spain in joint, knee and hip replacement surgery with navigation systems, is head of the Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery Unit at Hospital Ruber Internacional; Dr. Ramón Cugat, director of the Cugat Institute, as well as co-director of the Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology Service at Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona; Dr. Luis Álvarez Galovich, after his international experience, formed one of the best spine units in Spain, integrated in the Fundación Jiménez Díaz; Dr. Ferran Pellisé, head of the Spine Unit at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, is director of the Spine Unit (Barcelona Spine Institute) at the Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona; and Dr. Emilio Calvo, head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, as well as at the Rey Juan Carlos, Infanta Elena de Valdemoro and General de Villalba University Hospitals.
Urology has Dr. Antonio Alcaráz, specialist at Centro Médico Teknon and head of the Urology and Kidney Transplant Service at Hospital Clinic de Barcelona; Dr. Ramiro Cabello, associate head of the Urology Service at Hospital Universitario Fundación Jiménez Díaz; Dr. Carmen González Enguita, head of the Urology Department at the Fundación Jiménez Díaz; and Dr. Miguel Sánchez Encinas, head of the Urology Department at the Hospital Universitario Rey Juan Carlos de Móstoles, as well as head of the Urology Department at the Hospital Ruber Internacional.