About Me

Born in Argentina, I lived in Corrientes, Paraná and Buenos Aires. At 19 years old, I entered the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, graduating medical doctor with honors in 1996. In the last year of medical school, I did an internship at the Department of Neurosurgery at Jackson Memorial Medical Center, University Miami, United States, benefited from the scholarship William T. Harrington Latin American Training Program. It was an enriching experience, and I had the opportunity to work in experimental spinal surgery and neurovascular surgery, under the direction of Drs. Barth Green and Roberto Heros, respectively. I returned to Buenos Aires in 1997 and joined as a resident the Department of Neurosurgery of the National Hospital “Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan”, Buenos Aires, under the supervision of Dr. Jorge A. Monges.

In 2001, I traveled to Los Angeles, California, United States, where I did a Research Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. I worked for almost a year under the direction of Dr. Jorge Lazareff in hydrocephalus and dorsal rhizotomy to treat spasticity mainly in children, producing six publications in specialized journals.

At the end of my training at UCLA, I traveled to Detroit for another year, where I did a Clinical Fellowship at Wayne State University / Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Here I had the opportunity to hone skills in Spinal Surgery in adults under the direction of Dr. Robert Johnson, and pediatric neurosurgery beside Dr. Sandeep Sood. Then I spent a year in Cincinnati to train in Spinal Surgery and General Neurosurgery with Dr. Mario Zuccarello at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

After completing my training in North America, I traveled to Italy in 2003 to work in spasticity and hydrocephalus in the House for the Relief of the Suffering Hospital of San Giovanni Rotondo and then the Ospedale Infantile Regina Margherita of Turin. In addition, I worked in General Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery in several Italian hospitals mainly in Turin, Ravenna, Bologna and Rome.

In 2009 I traveled to Spain to work at the Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca of Murcia, where I reside since. My research activity has been intense and fruitful, having published over the last decade more than seventy articles in international journals of high reference, including The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), two of the most widely read medical journals and quoted today.

I’m a guest reviewer in more than ten medical journals of spinal and oncology specialties, and I expect several chapters of books published and with pending publication. My thesis is about analyzing ventricular catheters flow for the treatment of hydrocephalus, a joint work with University Miguel Hernández of Elche- Alicante.

At the present, I’m associate teacher at the University of Murcia. I also practice neurosurgery in the public sector in one of the most prestigious hospitals in Spain, and in the private sector in various clinics in the Region.

Diplomas & Certifications

Selected Publications

IN COLLABORATION WITH Hospital Clínico Universitario Virgen de la Arrixaca, Murcia Hospital San José Viamed, Alcantarilla Hospital Quirón Salud, Murcia Hospital Quirón Salud, Torre Vieja Hospital Virgen del Alcáza, Lorca

Juan José Ortega

Special thanks to Dr. Marcelo Galarza and for all his team. He’s a delightful person who spreads trust and calmness which I think is the best medicine for the sick.

Juan José Ortega

Diana Asurmendi

…with the neurosurgeons Galarza and specially Dr. Miguel Ángel Pérez Espejo with a great human quality. This doctor carries on his shoulders the faces of many thankful patients…

Diana Asurmendi

Dionisio Escarabajal Asensio

..meanwhile that magnificent neurosurgeon from Argentina specialized in the USA we have at Arrixaca whos name is Dr. Marcelo Galarza fixed by spine with millimetric precision…

Dionisio Escarabajal Asensio