Imagen Dr. Gregorio Rabago Juan-Aracil, Departamento de Cirugia Cardiaca.

meet Dr. Gregorio Rábago Juan-Aracil

Deputy Director of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Department
Cardiac Surgery Specialist

training andProfessional Career

Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He specialised in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the la Pitié-Salpetriérè Hospital in Paris, France (1988-1993). Between 1993 and 1996, he did a Fellowship in the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Department at the University of Arizona (Tucson, USA), where he was in charge of the class of 1995 residents. On top of his work as a cardiovascular surgeon, he developed his knowledge of heart transplants and circulatory support. He began work at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra in 1996. He has been a Fellow of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (FEBTS) since 2000.

He is now in charge of the Cardiac Surgery Unit and heart transplant programme at the Clínica Universidad de Navarra.

His main areas of interest include minimally invasive cardiac surgery using diverse techniques (HeartPort, coronary surgery without CEC). He has actively taken part in various international studies and works concerning heart transplants and mechanical assistance programmes such as definitive or temporary cardiac substitution therapy (recuperation or used as a bridge to transplant).

Hacia el corazón artificial


As a researcher

Ha publicado más de 100 artículos en revistas nacionales e internacionales.

Ha participado en 21 capítulos de libros.

Ha presentado más de 200 comunicaciones a congresos de la especialidad.

  • Spanish Cardiovascular Surgery Society
  • Mediterranean Association of Cardiology and Cardiac surgery
  • Titular Member of the French School of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Life Member of the Conchita Rábago de Jiménez-Díaz Foundation Board 
  • International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Spanish Cardiology Society
  • Fellow of European Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (FETCS)
  • European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery. (2005)
  • Cardiosurgeons Society (2005)

  • Prize for the best speech at the XV Spanish Cardiovascular Surgery Society conference
  • Echebano grant
  • Government of Navarra grant (1999-2001)
  • Government of Navarra grant (2001)
  • Government of Navarra grant (1999-2000)
  • Roche grant for basic and clinical cardiology research
  • Novartis prize from the Spanish Cardiology Society for the best speech about transplants, 2002
  • FEGAS prize 2008 from the Galician Health Administration School
  • Prize from the Spanish Radiology Foundation for the best Scientific Published article or work in national and international magazines, 2007-2008
  • Second Prize for the best published work in Spanish Urological Acts, paragraph A, 2008

In cases of descending thoracic aortic aneurysm, the clinic performed, when indicated, repair by endovascular techniques."



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