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José María Caffarena Calvar

Jose María Caffarena Calvar, cardiovascular surgeon Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Children's Hospital

José María Caffarena Calvar

Spanish and English
Paediatric cardiovascular surgeon
Expert in:
Cardiovascular surgery
Head of the Heart center and the Paediatric heart surgery department

Spanish and English
I am currently the head of the Heart center and the Paediatric cardiac surgery department at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital. I am a world reference in paediatric and neonatal heart surgery and have performed more than 450 anatomical corrections in neonates, with 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 Head of the Paediatric 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 Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease from 2006 to 2010.
  • Founder member of the World Society of Paediatric 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 Paediatric Cardiology and Congenital Heart Disease.