The National University of La Rioja (UNLaR) has started the procedure to promote the nomination of cardiologist from Riojan Luis de la Fuente for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The House of Studies has started the stage of presenting the initiative in accordance with international regulations that require this type of application.
Matatin de la Fuente, 89, performed coronary angioplasty in the country in 1970. For his work, he has been recognized by universities and health sciences institutions both nationally and internationally. A world leader in invasive cardiology, distinguished by UNLaR in 2003 with a Ph.D. honorary and Professor Emeritus at that institution after five years.
“Dr. de la Fuente is an exceptional person as a person and as a professional,” said Leila Widat, Curator of Institutional Relations at UNLaR, to the University Extension.
Applying for a Nobel Prize is a complex initiative. The UNLaR Supreme Council must present its arguments as to why it promotes the nomination of the famous cardiologist and then it will be subject to national bodies. Karolinska Institutet, located in Solna Municipality, Sweden, is responsible for awarding prizes in medicine.
Dr. de la Fuente wanted to begin his Nobel Prize request from his beloved province. Furthermore, we know that both regional and national governments will agree to promote this project,” said Widat.
Born in 1932 in La Rioja, he received his medical degree from the University of Oba Medical School in 1960, having started that profession at the National University of Tucumán. In his final years of studies, with the help of Dr. Pedro Mario Aquilino, the Saturday guard entered Fernandez Hospital and as soon as he was received he began working in the surgery room of this healthcare center.
At the beginning of 1960, the doctor was already in the United States, with the help of his colleagues from Fernandez. In that country, he received job offers from hospitals in Baltimore, Houston, and Portland. He decided to choose one of the last cities, in Oregon, for a close relationship with the medical school of that state’s university. He also worked in other healthcare centers in that country.
In the United States, he received an invitation to participate in the Argentine Congress of Cardiology, in Mar del Plata, in 1965. “This event was an opportunity for him to observe the situation in the country, because he wanted to return to Argentina, and emphasized this attache Héctor de la Fuente, son of a doctor .
At that conference, the Ryogan cardiologist spoke about “surgical indications for the mitral and aortic valves.” Favaloro, who is still little known, was among the attendees and had come to the country because he had worked since 1962 at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States, and also wanted to return to Argentina.
Physician was Chief of Clinical and Interventional Cardiology at the Favaloro Foundation, between 1975 and 1992, and created and co-founded the Department of Heart and Lung at Sanatorio Güemes with Ezio Zuffardi. At the latter institution, he started a cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography service.
In 1971, he made the final return to the country of Rene Favaloro and together they created the Department of Diagnostics and Treatment of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Diseases that operated at that sanatorium from that year until 1993.
“One day, maybe I will write a book about it The Favaloro I Knew‘, De la Fuente was highlighted in 2018 to the portal of Riojan Phoenix.
De la Fuente is a descendant of Severo Chumbita, the prominent leader of the federal montoneras in northern Rioja, and Dr. Luis Mansueto de la Fuente, who was the mayor of La Rioja and a pioneer in large-scale olive cultivation.
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