Steven Mandel, M.D. Neuroradiology at Tampa Bay and central Florida

Dr. Mandel is a Board-Certified Radiologist with a subspecialty expertise in Neuroradiology. He completed his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University before getting his Medical Degree from (UAG Class '80) The Autonomous University Guadalajara. Dr. Mandel completed his Internship at Brookdale Hospital in New York, and completed his Residency Program at The University Hospital in New York. He attended Emory University where he completed his Fellowship Program. Dr. Mandel is affilieted to the BayCare health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions.
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Support hurricane harvey relief efforts - A message from the president

In the wake of historic flooding and devastation fueled by Hurricane Harvey, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara is keeping those affected in our thoughts and prayers. We hope that you and those close are safe and well. UAG sees the country coming together and rallying up behind relief efforts to assist the people of Texas and the Gulf Coast. We are confident recovery will begin sooner than expected. UAG Alumni has set up a donation link for those who wish to make a monetary donation. This money will be used to provide assistance to the relief efforts. The link is In our thoughts and prayers, Antonio Leaño President
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Welcome UAG School of Medicine Class 2021

The 2021 class was received in the UAG main campus with a welcome message from the President of UAG, Antonio Leaño Reyes. “This group of students is part of the International Medicine Program which has graduated more than 15 thousand doctors from the United States and Puerto Rico, and is also part of the more than 60 thousand doctors who have graduated from UAG School of Medicine.” "Our home is now their home and we are here to help them achieve their dreams. They are now part of what we call the autonomous university’s family. We understand that they have made sacrifices for studying abroad, far from what they know and for that, we congratulate them and welcome them”, commented Antonio Leaño Reyes UAG President. He added that at 82 years of foundation, the mission of the university seeks and continues to provide comprehensive training and values to young people so that they provide innovation, ethical, professional treatment, and share their ...
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Program of Medicine in the Community endorse the configuration of healthcare professionals with a sense of humanity.

Diana Sanchez, UAG Medical School MS III, B.S. in Neuroscience UCLA, and ALM Candidate at Harvard Extension School UAG medical school has given me the most memorable experiences of my life. From first semester we interacted with patients and obtained hands-on experience. I remember being extremely nervous when I got my first patient but after two years of doing physical exams and taking medical histories, I feel very competent both in my clinical skills and diagnostic reasoning. The most valuable experience for me was to be able to help the most medically underserved patients in Mexico through clinical rotations. One the most memorable clinical rotations was at an immigrant refuge center where people from South America are in high need of medical attention due to injuries and dehydration. In addition, volunteering through a program called GUIMEDIC many of my peers and I provided medical care to indigenous populations in both Jalisco and Nayarit. After 4 hours on the road and having to ...
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UAG School of Medicine celebrated the graduating class of 2017

UAG School of Medicine celebrated the gradua ting class of 2017, in the presence of parents, family, and friends. Dr. John Chris Alverdy, UAG graduate speaker and special guest of this generation, mentioned in his message; The importance of being informed about the world that surrounds them, the world of medicine is changing every day, knowing what it lies ahead, to be prepared for the future, and also reminded them that they must be professionals in each step to give, to continue firm in keeping their convictions with which they entered to this beautiful career and the exciting world of medicine. He thanked the students for the honor of naming him as their generation’s godfather, as it motivates him to continue to participate in the formation of more and better doctors. On behalf of the new generation, Jesus Daniel Vega recalled the journey they followed to finish his training in the classrooms of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. “We all have many stories to tell, ...
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US Ambassador Roberta S. Jacobson highlights medical training in UAG

United States Ambassador in Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, highlighted the training of American physicians at the University Autonomous of Guadalajara’s (UAG) International Program of Medicine. "The UAG has distinguished itself as an excellent host by receiving students from the United States, especially in the School of Medicine where there are more than a thousand American students today," said the US diplomat During the inauguration of "Partnership 2016: inclusion and innovation in the Americas," organized by Partners of the Americas, Roberta Jacobson stressed that more than 15,000 US physicians have graduated from this university. During her speech she added that the city of Guadalajara is positioning itself as a major center for entrepreneurship and innovation, where young people play a key role in the transformation. Later, the President and CEO of Partners of the Americas, Steve Vetter, inaugurated “Partnership 2016", a conference attended by ...
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Breast Cancer Awareness event at UAG

Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara hosted a "Mamaratón" organized by DEM Bañuelos which seeks to prevent breast cancer by performing free breast ultrasounds. During the 2 days DEM Bañuelos performed 1,000 free breast ultrasound exams. Workshops and conferences, given by field experts, were also held to increase awareness among women and men about the importance of self-examination and signs in detecting breast cancer. More...
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UAG Important remodeling and equipment advances

In the last couple of months we have witnessed, with great satisfaction, the progress recorded by the fifth of the eight strategies of the rectory, which refers to the Institution’s administration of physical infrastructure and equipment. Standing out, is the reopening of the old building of Law, which today rests completely remodeled and equipped with the latest technology, primarily benefiting our Law and Business students. For three years the University embarked on a program to remodel its facilities to suit current needs. The program represents both a great challenge and a great financial effort for the institution. Since then, the Engineering building has undergone a complete renovation, and has been equipped with new laboratories. Likewise, improvements were made to the School of Medicine buildings, and among other improvements, the endowment of dental units to the School of Dentistry. . The refurbishment program does not only include physical facilities, but also involves ...
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Dr. Carlos Fernandez Receives APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship

Dr. Carlos Fernandez, a second-year resident in the UC Riverside School of Medicine’s Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education Program, has been awarded a fellowship by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship is one of the most renown fellowships offered and “endeavors to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in mental health and substance use care by providing specialized training to psychiatry residents and medical students interested in serving minority communities,” according to the American Psychiatric Foundation website. The fellowship amount is $24,576. “As an immigrant from Mexico, and being raised in an underserved community in Southern California, I have a deep rooted sentiment in giving back to the Latino community as a bilingual psychiatrist,” Fernandez said. “My goal is to bring mental health services to the diverse, ...
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Dr. Jorge Sánchez, new Vice President of the Mexican Academy of Surgery

The West Chapter of the Mexican Academy of Surgery elected its new 2016-2017 board. The elected President is Dr. Alejandro Bravo Cuellar, meanwhile, the Academic Vice Chancellor of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara (UAG), Dr. Jorge Manuel Sánchez will be holding the position of Vice President, and next year is expected to act as president of the group. In this event Dr. Bravo Cuellar said that one Mexico’s challenges is the modernization of health systems "For example, the IMSS is doing it, and it is one of the most important challenges, particularly improving the quality of service" Dr. Cuellar also mentioned the issue of viral infections as a common problem in the country, one that is difficult to control and involves the joint participation of the population and the authorities. At the meeting, it was recognized that this year, with support from Dr. Sánchez González, there will be efforts to boost academic activities in universities and ...
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Protect your grape By Lt. Joseph Cahill, neurologist Naval Hospital Pensacola

NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. – Working as a neurologist has its challenges, but I have found that sometimes the real challenge lies at home with my own children and their attitudes towards protecting their brains or “grapes” as I like to call them. As my children have grown older, it has become harder to convince them of the importance of wearing helmets when biking, skate boarding or doing other activities that can lead to head injuries. The brain is a fascinating organ when it is working at its full capacity. However, just a small injury to the brain can change a person’s interaction and behaviors and make them almost unrecognizable. An injury to the prefrontal cortex, the motor planning center, can make a lifelong musician forget how to play piano. More devastating injuries, like those that occur in head trauma, can cause a disability in patients to the extent that they may no longer be able to care for themselves independently. I have found it is often ...
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Dr. Mario Gaspar de Alba joined the UNLV School of Medicine as associate dean of diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Gaspar de Alba joined the University of Nevada School of Medicine in 2012. He attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico and received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He practiced general pediatrics for two years before continuing his training at the University of North Carolina in the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship program. He was also an assistant professor and division chief of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Division at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Texas. On March 1, the father of seven will join the UNLV School of Medicine as associate dean of diversity and inclusion. Here are the highlights of his recent interview with Genevie Durano. I picked this specialty because these kids are like a puzzle for me. The different things that can go on—the behavioral problems and the family dynamics and diagnoses such as autism or ADHD—it’s just like putting pieces of a puzzle ...
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UAG welcomed new students to the School of Medicine International Program.

During the orientation week all students participated at the white coat ceremony in which the students received their white coat that symbolizes the beginning of their medical career. Furthermore, in an atmosphere of excitement and great enthusiasm, future doctors took the Hippocratic Oath.
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Dr. Leigh S Galatzan Medical Director of Round Rock, Texas Facility.

First Choice Emergency Room, the largest network of independent freestanding emergency rooms in the United States, named Dr. Leigh S. Galatzan, as the Medical Director of its new Round Rock facility. "We are pleased to announce Dr. Galatzan will be the facility medical director of our new Round Rock location," said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room. Dr. Galatzan received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and her medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Before joining First Choice Emergency Room, Dr. Galatzan served as Medical Director of HealthMarkets in Dallas, TX as well as the Medical Director of the Student Division of United Healthcare in Plano, TX. Dr. Galatzan is board-certified in emergency medicine and has over 35 years practicing emergency medicine. All First Choice Emergency Room facilities are open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The ...
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Developing therapies for troubled brains

Dr. Horacio Capote is enamored with the troubled brain. The medical director of the Division of Neuropsychology at the Dent Neurologic Institute has a patient load that includes those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as a variety of mood disorders. Depression alone is perplexing, he said, and so different from a condition like diabetes, which can be diagnosed with a simple blood test. “We’re getting there,” he said, “but we don’t have it yet, so we lump different symptoms together and put them in these categories and make believe to ourselves that the DSM (mental health disorders guide) is the bible. In reality, underneath any one diagnosis, there’s a lot of heterogeneity. It’s not homogeneous. So as we begin to parse out the different subgroups of mental illness … I think we’ll be able to direct our treatments toward those subgroups.” Capote, 54, of Amherst, is Cuban-born and grew up in Miami. ...
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Traditional celebration of the "Day of the Dead"

Keeping alive the traditional celebration of the "Day of the Dead", a "Catrinas Expo" made by students of Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.
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Help Others Live a Good and Healthy Life.

Dr. Allen Alvarez works with a simple guiding mission – help others live a good and healthy life. His practice is unique because he is a board certified general surgeon fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery; he brings his advanced laparoscopic skills to bariatric surgery. Because of his extensive experience Dr. Allen Alvarez is known for teaching other fellows and surgeons advanced laparoscopy. His instructional skills extend geographically, providing national training in the sub-specialty, DaVinci Robotic surgery. His unique education and training is extremely well rounded. His career began very early as a paramedic; where he made runs as an emergency care provider. This was followed with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of the Incarnate Word. His degree allowed him to gain real patient care experience as a registered nurse in emergency rooms in various hospital systems across the country. Some locations included San Antonio, Honolulu, Maui, Miami ...
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Llobet named Margaretville Hospital Executive Director

Margaretville, NY – Dr. Paul Llobet, Margaret Hospital’s medical director, became the critical-access hospital’s executive director. LlobetHe replaces Sandra Horan, who held the position since 2010 in addition to being the chief nursing officer of HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley. Horan remains as CNO and adds management oversight of HealthAlliance Mental Health Services, HealthAlliance President and Chief Executive Officer David Scarpino said in announcing the change. Margaretville Hospital’s new medical director will be announced shortly. Llobet’s new leadership position includes responsibilities for Margaretville Hospital’s day-to-day operations. “He will carry out his work in concert with the overall direction of the HealthAlliance healthcare system as part of the HealthAlliance Executive Cabinet,” Scarpino said. Llobet, board certified in internal medicine, has been with Margaretville Hospital since September 2010. He started out ...
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