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This dedicated physician was born in Connecticut, USA, but he grew up in Panama City, Panama. He was educated in Panama and graduated from Medical School at the University of Panama. He then went to McGill University in Montreal, Canada for several more years of medical training.

He worked in private practice in Miami from 1992 - 2000 when he returned to Panama, his goal all along, to open his practice in Panama City the same year.

Dr. Luis Picard-Ami enjoys his Panamanian lifestyle with his 3 children. Alexandra, 23 is an interior design student in Panama City, and he is blessed with twin 16 year olds, Luis & Alberto, both are in grade 11 and were born in Montreal, Canada
Certifications

  • Certified by the Royal College on Physicians and Surgeon of Canada in Plastic Surgery (FRCSC) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery (FACS)
  • Certified, The American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Holds valid licenses in Florida, USA and Panama for Plastic Surgery
  • Active member and Director of Craniofacial Program for Operation Smile, Panama
  • Clinical Investigator for Breast Implants manufacturers USA Companies in Panama

Education and Specialty

  • Fellowship in Cranio and Maxillofacial Surgery, S. Anthony Wolfe, Miami, USA, 1992
  • Fellowship in Cosmetic and Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery, D. Ralph Millard, Miami, USA 1991
  • Plastic Surgery Residency McGill University Affiliated Hospitals, Montreal, Canada, 1991
  • General Surgery in 1989, McGill University Affiliated Hospitals, Montreal, Canada.
  • Graduated Doctor in Medicine from the University of Panama in 1983

Memberships & Associations

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Fellow, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Plastic Surgery, (FRCSC)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Member
  • Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Panamanian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member
  • Florida Medical License ME 60601
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Dr. Moisés Chitrit is a General Surgeon renowned initially for being the first physician in the Republic of Panama to practice Trauma Surgery (Emergency) after advanced training in Colombia (University Hospital of el Valle, Cali) and in the United States (Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore, Maryland y en el Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit, Michigan) in his sub-specialty. Upon his arrival to Panama he
embraced the treatment of seriously ill patients (life threatened) for a long time with outstanding results. Having excelled in the management of these types of problems he is part of the selected group of surgeons that maintain a solid, prestigious and abundant practice.

Aware that in Laparoscopic Surgery (minimally invasive) laid the future of Gastrointestinal General Surgery, Dr. Chitrit developed this art in order to offer his selected group of patients a wide spectrum of choices and to provide the same level of care as in the great worldwide surgical centers. Dr. Chitrit has performed laparoscopic procedures of great complexity during the last years, such as resection of gastric tumors of (stomach), colon tumors (large bowel), small bowel, anti gastroesophageal reflux surgery, laparoscopic biliary surgery, laparoscopic hernia repairs and other procedures. In 2006, Dr. Chitrit performed in Panama the first total resection of stomach in a gastric cancer patient with a yeyungullet reconstruction. Since then, Dr. Chitrit has successfully performed several benign and malignant stomach tumor surgery. Recently, Dr. Chitrit has been accepted as Member of the International Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and he is also a member of a long list of scientific societies at national and international level.

At this time he is the Director of the Centro Quirúrgico para el Control de Peso (Weight Control Surgical Center) devoted to the total management of the obese patient. Initially, Dr. Chitrit completed postgraduate training in Obesity Surgery, specifically in the application of Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, being among the privileged alumni of Dr. Rafael Alvarez Cordero, one of the fathers of obesity surgery in Mexico and founder or the Obesity Society of Mexico. After that, he trained in Bypass Gastric Surgery and he is capable of offering multiple surgical procedures to patients afflicted with severe obesity. In 2005 Dr. Chitrit performed the first laparoscopic gastric sleeve in Panama. During the last years, he has accumulated several hundreds of patients with excelent results becoming the bariatric surgeon most experienced in this procedure in Panama.

Recently, he was accepted as a selected member of the world renown Strathmore's Who's Who and represents an award to the professionalism and dedication that Dr. Chitrit has demonstrated in his career as a surgeon.
Major Positions

  • From 1981 through 1983, Doctor Chitrit was the Assistant Professor of Clinical Introduction at the La Salle University in Mexico
  • From 1992 through 1994, Doctor Chitrit served as a Paramedic Trauma Instructor at the Panamanian Red Cross and also as Surgical Instructor at the University of Panama
  • In 2000, he became the Medical Director of the San Judas Tadeo Hospital in Panama

Current Memberships

  • The Pan-American Trauma Society
  • The Panamanian Trauma Society
  • The American Trauma Society
  • The Panamanian Surgical Association
  • The Ibero-American Society of Surgeons

Education and Specialty

  • Graduated as a Medical Surgeon from the La Salle University, A. C. in Mexico D.F. in 1983
  • In 1994, finished a residence in General Surgery at the Doctor Arnulfo Arias Madrid Metropolitan Complex Hospital of Social Security in Panama
  • Later that year, he attended training in Trauma Surgery at the Valle University Hospital in Cali, Colombia
  • And Trauma Surgery Training at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, Maryland
  • In 1995, attended a Trauma Surgery Training at the Detroit Receiving Hospital in Detroit, Michigan
  • In 2002 attended a course in Laparoscopic Surgery for Hernia and Anti Reflux Laparoscopic Surgery course, both in Mexico
  • In 2004, attended the world course of Laparoscopic Surgery, the international course of Bariatric Laparoscopic Surgery and the international course in Colon Laparoscopic Surgery
  • In the same year, attended the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery course at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
  • In 2005 attended a course in Bariatric Surgery at the University of Rosario in Colombia

Publications

  • Some of Dr. Chitrit's work has been published in:
  • The Panama Star and Herald
  • The Social Security Magazine
  • The Medical Science Magazine
  • The Pan-American Journal of Trauma
  • Health Magazine
  • Seven Magazine
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Doctor Dayán received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama in 1979. In 1985 completed a residency in Orthopedics at the Doctor Arnulfo Arias Madrid Metropolitan Hospital Complex of the Caja del Seguro Social in Panama. That very same year attended the Regional Course in Hand Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases of the Orthopedic Institute in New York.
Major Positions

  • Doctor Dayán was Deputy Chief of Interns at the Nicolán Solano Hospital, from 1980 through 1981
  • He also was Chief of Residents in Orthopedics from 1984 through 1985
  • From 1987 through 1990 he was an Assistant Professor of Orthopedics at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama

Education and Specialty

  • Doctor Dayán received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama in 1979
  • In 1985 completed a residency in Orthopedics at the Doctor Arnulfo Arias Madrid Metropolitan Hospital Complex of the Social Security Hospital in Panama
  • In 1985, attended a Regional Course in Hand Surgery at the Hospital for Joint Diseases of the Orthopedic Institute in New York
  • In 1986, completed a sub-specialization in Orthopedics, Joint Replacements, Arthroscopy and Research at the Hospital for Joint Diseases of the Orthopedic Institute in New York
  • Also attended, in New York USA, Biomechanics and Ergonomics and a course in Arthroscopic Knee Surgery, Problems and Solutions
  • Also, in 1986, attended the Symposium of Arthroplasty, Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis in Washington DC, USA
  • In 1990, completed an Advanced Course in Trauma and First Aid at the Gorgas Memorial Military Hospital in Panama
  • In 1991, attended Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Paitilla Medical Center in Panama
  • In 1993, attended Complete Hip Arthrosplasty and the National Orthopedic Congress in Panama
  • In 1995, attended the Symposium in Hand Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
  • In 1996, attended Sport Trauma by the American Society of Orthopedics and Sport Medicine in Lake Buena Vista, in Florida, USA
  • In 1998, attended Surgery and Bone Transplant of the Ministry of Health and the National Committee for Organ Transplant in Panama
  • In 1998, attended Complete Joint Arthroscopy at the Health South Medical Center of the Advanced Orthopedic Center in the Metropolitan Complex Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and the Complete Joint Arthroscopy at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • In 2002, attended COX2 (Acroxia) at the MSD - University of North Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
  • In 2003, attended Upper Limbs of the Association of Orthopedics of North America in New Port, Rhode Island, USA
  • In 2004, attended Complete Knee Prosthesis by the Panamanian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology
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Dr . Vega a received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the Doctor Arnulfo Arias Madrid Metropolitan Hospital Complex of the Panamanian Social Security.
Major Positions:

  • 1985 Instructor in Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York
  • In 1986 he was Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, New York
  • In 1986 he became the Chief of high risk Obstetrics for the North Central Bronx Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York
  • 1986 he founded and coordinated the Maternal and Fetal Assessment Center of the Wyler Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, New York
  • 1988 he founded and directed the Centro Medico Perinatal in Panama City, Panama
  • In 2000 he founded the Obstetrics and Gynecology Center in which he currently is the Medical Director

Current Memberships:

  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine
  • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Laser Vaginal Rejuvination Institute of America
  • American Institute of Ultrasound
  • American Association of Bioanalysts
  • American Fertility Society
  • Panamanian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Panamanian Society of Perinatal Medicine

Education and Specialty

  • 1978-Dr . Vega received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Panama.
  • 1983-He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the Doctor Arnulfo Arias Madrid Metropolitan Hospital Complex of the Panamanian Social Security.
  • 1985-He attended the course "Diagnostic Ultrasound for Trainees", Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
  • 1985-He received the title of fellow after completing two years of training in Maternal-Fetal medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospital and Medical Center in New York, New York.
  • 1986-1992-He worked in a U.S. Army hospital in Panama, named Gorgas Memorial.
  • 1989-He attended an Advanced Operative Laparoscopy training featuring Endoscopic and Open Abdominal CO2, Nd : YAG, KTP and Argon Laser at the HCA Center for Research and Education in Nashville, Tennessee. Right now he has done over 2000 laparoscopic surgeries. Dr. Vega performed the first hysterectomy by laparoscopy in Panama and since then has done over 800 hysterectomies by laparoscopy. He is a pioneer in Operative Laparoscopy in Panama.
  • 1998-He trained with Dr. Falconer (Swedish Gynecologist who was a pioneer in the procedure) in a brand-new procedure for the time called Tension-free Vaginal Sling (TVT) to treat women with urinary incontinence. He was the first Gynecologist to perform this procedure in Panama and has done over 200. He also performs TOT and several Pelvic Floor procedures, he is regarded as an expert and pioneer in this area in Panama.
  • 2002- 2005-He completed a four-year training program with the Colombian Center of Fertility and Sterility where he obtained a title as a Specialist in Reproductive Medicine. He is the Founder and Medical Director of the Punta Pacifica Reproductive Center, which has the highest pregnancy rates in the region. The Punta Pacifica Reproductive Center has cutting-edge technology and a team eleven health professionals.
  • 2007 He trained with Dr. David Matlock (World Renowned comestic gynecologist and creator) in Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation ® and Designer Laser Vaginoplasty ®. He is one of only two gynecologists to perform this procedure in Central America that are associates of the Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation Institute of America. He has done several cases with excellent outcomes.
  • 2007-He also trained with Dr. Marco Antonio Pelosi in the Pelosi Medical Center in New Jersey Abdominoplasty for the Gynecologist