Prestigious Cuban physician Rodrigo Álvarez Cambra dies
The prestigious Cuban orthopedic surgeon Rodrigo Alvarez Cambrawho had among Saddam Hussein and Presidents Rafael Correa and Daniel Ortega among his patients, died Thursday in Havana at the age of 88, according to the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap).
By the hands of the ‘father of Cuban orthopedics’. elite sportsmen, artists and ordinary people in places as different as the Congo, France or Iraq. Designed and patented in 28 countries the RALCA multifunctional external fixator.which was a world-renowned achievement of Cuban orthopedics.
He was president of the Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology of Cuba. for several decades, as well as honorary member, holder of multiple international scientific societies and honorary and emeritus professor of those specialties in important universities in different countries.
Throughout his brilliant medical career, he was also the director of the Frank País International Orthopedic Scientific Complex where he he attended and operated in the operating room numerous Cuban sports figures. who suffered injuries, including several Olympic champions.
Major state media have recalled his relevant career and moments in his life from his youth and as a college student when he he was involved in student demonstrations and protests against Fulgencio Batista’s government.overthrown in January 1959 by the revolution led by Fidel Castro.
They also point out that Álvarez Cambra received multiple distinctions, including the title of “Hero of Labor of the Republic of Cuba.”and other decorations, medals and recognitions throughout his fruitful and brilliant professional career.
In the coming days, a posthumous tribute will be paid to him at the Frank País center, as explained by the Minsap.