Sunday, January 31, 2010

Trip To Teherán

From Istanbul I flew to Teheran with Dr. Shahin Tabatabaei. He was born in Irán, but lives and works in Boston, at the Massachussets General Hospital, University of Harvard.

Shahin, Gordon Muir and myself share the same concern. The treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia worldwide is very heterogeneous, and today patients are treated with modern techniques in some places, but with very old techniques in other places, that entail much more risk for the patient. For quite a long time we have shared the same protocols for the diagnosis and management of prostatic patients in our centers, and we have enjoyed a very low rate of complications. We think that this level of excellence should be reached everywhere worldwide, and we have decided to promote an initiative to offer help to those hospitals of the world interested in developing state of the art prostate centers.

In this photo with two Iranian Urologists. Dr. Marzbani was a pioneer in Iran with laser surgery. I met him when he came to visit me in Madrid some time ago.

I had a great time and I enjoyed the overwhelming hospitality of Shahin and his family. Teherán is a beautiful and modern city with 15 million inhabitants and is packed with nice people. The hospitals are wonderful and it seems there is a lot of interest in establishing a collaboration to promote state of the art prostate centers.

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