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José María Caffarena Calvar

Jose María Caffarena Calvar, cardiovascular surgeon SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

José María Caffarena Calvar

Spanish and English
Pediatric cardiovascular surgeon
Expert in:
Neonatal Cardiac Surgery
Medical Consultant in SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Spanish and English

I am currently Head of the Heart Area and Head of the Pediatric Heart Surgery Department at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital. I am a world representative in Pediatric and Neonatal Heart Surgery and have performed more than 450 anatomical corrections in newborn babies, doing transpositions of great arteries, with a mortality rate under 3%. The Department I run has a survival rate of 98% in cardiac surgery patients. From 2006 to 2010, I was the Head of the Pediatric Heart Surgery Section at Hospital La Fe, in Valencia. 


  • PhD in Medicine, University of Valencia, 1996.
  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Valencia, 1986.

Scientific activity

  • I have published over 50 articles in international journals in my specialty; I have participated and collaborated in more than 300 scientific meetings, and in 1998, I was appointed as a Fellow of the European Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons.
  • I was vice-president of the Spanish Society for Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease from 2006 to 2010.
  • Founder member of the World Society of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery and active member of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery. I am also a member of the Spanish Cardiovascular Surgery Society and of the Spanish Society for Pediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease.

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