Mission to Monterrey

March 23-25, 2018 

A Mission: BRAIN team of volunteers participated in an altruistic mission to Monterrey, Mexico from March 23-25. The surgeries took place at Christus Muguerza de Alta Especialidad, which donated the operating rooms, supplies and the postoperative care. Participants included our own Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa (Neurosurgeon), Luis Rodriguez (Pediatric Neurosurgeon), Selby Chen (Neurosurgeon), Leonardo Rangel-Castilla (Neurosurgeon), José Humberto Guajardo (Neurosurgeon), Jesús Manuel Ortiz Nieto (Neurosurgeon), Roxana Hoyos (Anesthesiologist), Tito Saldívar (Intensivist) and Jesús Rodriguez (Otorhinolaryngologist). One example of the patients, who underwent surgery, was a four-year-old boy with a large brain tumor called a craniopharyngioma. He would not have been able to have the surgery without the aid from UDEM, the generous donations of the hospital, the expertise and equipment of the surgeons. In addition to the surgeries, toys were donated and delivered to the pediatric patients in the public hospital, Hospital Materno. Many thanks to Carla Vazquez-Ramos for coordinating this great trip and to Veronica and Federico Clariond for doing an event that brought joy to so many.

Successful Fundraiser for Puerto Rico

On February 24, 2018, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa and Mission:BRAIN  hosted a fabulous afternoon fundraiser at TPC Sawgrass Golf Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  Speakers from the Mayo Clinic, Florida, the University of Puerto Rico and the Priester Foundation highlighted the program.  The luncheon was a wonderful success and, through generous donors, raised over $30,000 for essential services and medical care for the hurricane-devastated island of Puerto Rico.