By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
As originally published by Mega Doctor News in its newsprint edition March 2017.
March 2017 is a special month, Dr. José Raúl Nieves-Sosa, F.A.C.O.G., a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology, was selected to be our Mega Doctor.
During our conversation with him, we’ve learned a lot from him. He is someone who is always looking for a way to better his services to serve his patients.
Dr. Nieves-Sosa also has an engineering degree, which he obtained before becoming a medical doctor. His feature story in this issue of Mega Doctor News opens a window to let us know there is a physician in constant evolution.
Last year, he was recognized with a national award related to robotic surgery. Dr. Nieves-Sosa is the Chairman of the Robotic Surgery/Minimally Invasive Gynecology Committee at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville.
He and the medical center earned a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery designation from Surgical Review Corporation; with Dr. Nieves-Sosa being designated as Surgeon of Excellence in both categories. This is an acknowledgement of their commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, and evidence-based care.
This is big, and like he said, “this does not happen from one day to another”. There is a lot of dedication, passion and coordination among all the professionals that participate.
Congrats to Dr. Nieves-Sosa and Valley Baptist Medical Center in Brownsville.
Cataracts: Dr. Alexander Sudarshan, CEO and Medical Director of the Rio Grande Valley’s The Eye Experts has successfully implanted the first Tecnis Symfony Lens in several patients, in the Rio Grande Valley. With newly FDA approved, it brings new sight that allows patients to no longer need reading glasses after surgery.
DHR, First Kidney Transplant: Under the direction of Dr. Jose Almeda, Dr. Philip Thomas, and Dr. Mourad Alsabbagh, the Renaissance Transplant Institute at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System has become the only hospital in the Rio Grande Valley that currently offers comprehensive kidney transplant patient services.
Mr. Gerardo Hernandez, a patient, is no longer among the 98,093 people on the kidney transplant waiting list. As the first patient to undergo kidney transplant surgery at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Health System, Mr. Hernandez gained a new chance at life with the kidney he received from his daughter. More in this issue.
HIV Prevention: Physicians can block HIV spread with a little-known treatment — if they can identify high-risk patients and administer the treatment to them. The questions can be difficult for physicians to ask, however. The questions can be personal, and they can be awkward for a patient to answer; but they are necessary to determine whether a patient’s sexual behavior or drug use puts him or her at risk of contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). More inside.
Mothers Are Dying: Mothers in Texas die more often during or after pregnancy than women in most other states, and a state task force is studying why. Based on analysis of maternal death data from calendar years 2011-2012, the task force found that… more inside.
Number One Researcher: The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has named Dr. Sarah Williams-Blangero as the endowed chair of the H-E-B Distinguished Chair in Diabetes and Genomics for the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute. There is an article dedicated to this topic.
I know that you will enjoy this issue!