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National Medicine Award for doctor José Joaquín Puello

The prominent neurosurgeon was the founder of INTEC and its School of Medicine, in which he taught several subjects and of which he is one of its collaborators today. He was also a member of his Board of Regents

National Medicine Award for doctor José Joaquín Puello

SANTO DOMINGO. The neurosurgeon José Joaquín Puello, recognized this year as National Medicine Award at Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic, has a close relationship with the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC). Besides being one of its founders, he left as a legacy the creation, together with Bernardo Defilló and other renowned doctors, of the Medicine School.

"Being an idealist, dreaming of a medical school he managed to see it come true in 1973," recalls the dean of Area of ​​Health Sciences, Raymundo Jiménez, who was one of the first graduates of that school.

Jiménez says that José Joaquín Puello was a exemplary teacher both in the classrooms and in their professional practice. In fact, when he presented the prize, the Academy of Science valued the contributions that the doctor native of San Juan made medical science, the health of humanity, sports sciences, as well as in the academic and teaching area.

Dr. Puello taught in INTEC the subjects Clinical Neurosurgery y Neuro Anatomy. Then he became a member of the Board of Regents. In 1984 he was elected president of the academy.

"One of the things that most impresses me is when you leave the operating room and the patient's relative takes your hands and says: 'May God bless your hands.' That's the biggest recognition you can get. " José Joaquín Puello

Academic training

In 1957, he entered the School of Medicine of the University of Santo Domingo (UASD), thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of his native province that paid him the registration, 75 pesos dominicanos.

In 1962 he wins the OB / GYN award as a medical term student. In 1963 se graduate de Medical Doctor Magna Cum Laude.

Between 1964 and 1971 he has several postgraduate degrees in institutions such as the Bambury General Hospital (attached to the University of Oxford, England), where he became a general surgeon; postgraduate studies in neurosurgery and general surgery at Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford, England (1964-65); postgraduate studies in neurosurgery, at Radclife Hospital, University of Oxford, England (1965-66).

Also, 1966-1967 was awarded a scholarship by the Bristh Council for studies in clinical neurology, neuro-anatomy, electro-myography and electroencephalography, at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases (Institute of Neurosurgery, University of London, England); from 1967 to 1969 studied Neurosurgery as Chief Resident at Radcliffe Infirmary University of Oxford and Cardiff Royal Infirmary University of Wales.

Between 1969 and 1970 he concluded his tenure as chief resident at the University of Wales and returned to the Department of Neuropathies at the University of Oxford, and at 1971 he specialized in Micro Neurology at the University of Vermont, United States of America.

His teaching life begins at 1970 in the UASD as a professor of Neuro-Anatomy, later imparting the subject of Physiological Psychology. In 1970 he entered the National University Pedro Henríquez Ureña to teach the subject of Clinical Neurosurgery.


Puello has been recognized with the Order of Duarte, Sánchez and Mella, Master of Neurological Surgery (2002) Master of Medicine (2010) Immortal of Dominican Sports (2014) Recognition National Congress (2015) Honorary Academics, Among others.

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