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First neurosurgery research and training laboratory in Latin America

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Our History

Founded in May 2018, located at Samaritana University Hospital,in Bogotá, Colombia. The center was created in honor of Dr. Jesus Maria Neissa,M.D., a board-certified neurological surgeon from the University of New York,forerunner of Colombian neurosurgery and founder and Chair of the SamaritanaUniversity Hospital Neurosurgery Department.

CIEN is the leading neurosurgery laboratory in Latin America. It has several research lines and training strategies, including vascular microsurgery tools, endovascular simulations, skull-base training, anatomical models and instruments for spinal deformity, and spinal surgery techniques.

In 2020, the CIEN launched the first International Web-based Neurosurgery Congress (the 2020-IWBNC), proposing an alternative to stimulate continuing medical education and continuing professional development. 

Our Hospitals

Samaritana University Hospital | Bogotá DC

Samaritana is a public teaching hospital affiliated with 23 Colombian academic institutions, including Rosario University School of Medicine. With two main campuses: Bogotá and Zipaquirá. Samaritana University Hospital serves more than 2.9 million Colombians of 116 municipalities, and particularly vulnerable, low-income, and rural populations. It is a regional referral center for the management of neurosurgical pathologies, including traumatic brain and spine injury, neuro-oncology and cerebrovascular diseases.

The hospital has been awarded with the highest-quality health care certification as well as a teaching hospital by the national government authority. Samaritana is a major research hospital. Currently, Samaritana has the largest number of research groups recognized by the Colombian Science Ministry and is the site for the Center for Research and Training in Neurosurgery (Centro de Investigación y Entrenamiento en Neurocirugía, CIEN).

Since its foundation in 1933, Samaritana Neurosurgery Department has been training neurosurgeons from Colombia and Latin America.

Samaritana University Hospital | Zipaquira

Samaritana is a public teaching hospital affiliated with 23 Colombian academic institutions, including Rosario University School of Medicine. With two main campuses: Bogotá and Zipaquirá. Samaritana University Hospital serves more than 2.9 million Colombians of 116 municipalities, and particularly vulnerable, low-income, and rural populations. It is a regional referral center for the management of neurosurgical pathologies, including traumatic brain and spine injury, neuro-oncology and cerebrovascular diseases.

The hospital has been awarded with the highest-quality health care certification as well as a teaching hospital by the national government authority. Samaritana is a major research hospital. Currently, Samaritana has the largest number of research groups recognized by the Colombian Science Ministry and is the site for the Center for Research and Training in Neurosurgery (Centro de Investigación y Entrenamiento en Neurocirugía, CIEN).

Since its foundation in 1933, Samaritana Neurosurgery Department has been training neurosurgeons from Colombia and Latin America.

Méderi University Hospital | Mayor

Méderi is a Rosario University Medical School teaching hospital. Mederi Health System has two sites: Mayor and Barrios Unidos, located in the heart of Bogotá, with the highest number of licensed beds for patient care in Colombia, including critical care beds. Méderi has been awarded with the highest-quality health care certification as well as a teaching hospital by the national government authority.

The hospital has also the second-largest neurosurgery department in Latin America and the largest in Colombia, carrying out comprehensive management of brain and spine pathologies in every neurosurgical subspecialty with the latest and most advanced cutting edge technology.

Méderi University Hospital | Barrios Unidos

Méderi is a Rosario University Medical School teaching hospital. Mederi Health System has two sites: Mayor and Barrios Unidos, located in the heart of Bogotá, with the highest number of licensed beds for patient care in Colombia, including critical care beds. Méderi has been awarded with the highest-quality health care certification as well as a teaching hospital by the national government authority.

The hospital has also the second-largest neurosurgery department in Latin America and the largest in Colombia, carrying out comprehensive management of brain and spine pathologies in every neurosurgical subspecialty with the latest and most advanced cutting edge technology.

San Rafael Clinic University Hospital

San Rafael Clinic is a private teaching hospital in Bogotá, founded in 1929, serving the population from downtown and the southeast metropolitan area. It is the host of 6 medical schools for graduate and undergraduate programs. In neurosurgery, San Rafael has been a collaborative teaching hospital of Rosario University School of Medicine over the last decades and continues to be the place for neurosurgical rotations in general neurosurgery, trauma, spine, pediatric neurosurgery, and neuro-oncology.

Our Staff

Jesús María Neissa, M.D., FACS

Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery
Founder of Hospital de la Samaritana Neurosurgery Department

William M. Riveros, M.D., MSc.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Chairman of the CIEN

Javier M. Saavedra, M.D., MSc.

Professor of Neurosurgery

Scientific Director CIEN
Co Director Laboratory of Neuroanatomy and Digital Technologies CIEN

Leonardo Laverde, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Co Director Spine Surgery Lab CIEN
Co Director Simulation Lab CIEN

Jorge Torres, M.D., MSc.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Co Director Microvascular Neurosurgery Lab CIEN
Co Director Spine Surgery Lab CIEN

Jorge Almario, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Co Director Skull Base Surgery Lab CIEN  

Camilo Eduardo Peña Castro, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

José Luis Buriticá, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Spine Surgery Specialist

Alberto Caballero, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Co Director Endovascular Neurosurgery Lab CIEN

William Cortés, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Oncological Neurosurgery Specialist

‍Daniel Moreno, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Epilepsy Surgery Specialist

Alejandro Osorio, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Skull Base Surgery Specialist

Fernando M. Portilla, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Oncological Neurosurgery Specialist

Mario F. Rodríguez, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Co Director Functional Neurosurgery Lab CIEN

César Díaz, M.D.

Chair, Neurosugery Department, San Rafael Clinic University Hospital
Spine Surgery Specialist

Enrique Monsalve, M.D.

Professor of Neurosurgery
Oncological Neurosurgery Specialist
Vascular Neurosurgery Specialist

David Vergara-Garcia, M.D.

Neurosurgeon
Endovascular and Operative Neurovascular Surgery Fellow

José Alejandro Guerrero, IM, MSc, PhD

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Mechanical Engineering Professor
Co-Director Simulation Lab Cien

Nataly Patricia Gutierrez Avila, MSc.

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Psychologist
Clinical neuropsychology.

Jimmy Ramon Zuñiga Marquez, MSc.

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Psychologist
Clinical neuropsychology.

Edgar M. Barrios, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
Chief Resident
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Francisco J. Pérez, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
Chief Resident
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Camilo A. Benavides, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Humberto J. Madriñán, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Luis C. Arquez, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Alberto J. Daza, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Pablo F. Sanchez, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Luis D. Beltran, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Esteban Ramirez, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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David Solano, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Resident
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Rafael Aponte, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Research Fellow

Santiago Gutierrez-Gomez, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Research Fellow

Miguel Angel Ruiz-Cardozo, M.D.

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Neurosurgery Research Fellow

Nicolas Caballero Otalora

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Research Assistant
Community Manager
Medical Student
Rosario University

Laura Riveros Sierra

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Research Hotbed
Community Manager
Medical Student
Rosario University

Catalina Monroy

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Research Hotbed
Medical Student
Juan N. Corpas University

Maria Jose Pachon

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Research Hotbed
Medical Student
Rosario University

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2021 IWBNC

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