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A life dedicated to cardiovascular surgery

Dr. Valderrama has been trained in the most prestigious institutions. However, complete initial training is not enough. Staying at the forefront requires continuous updating, incorporating the latest techniques and procedures. To do this, every year it attends the main congresses both regionally, nationally and internationally. Refresher courses are essential to acquire skills that would otherwise be impossible to obtain.



  • Degree in Medicine and Surgery, University of Malaga, 1997

  • Specialist in Clinical Biochemistry, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Cecilio, Granada, 2002

  • External training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Heart and Vascular Center, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 2007.

  • External training at the Mayo Clinic, Cardiovascular Surgery Department, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, 2007

  • Cardiovascular Surgery Specialist, Hospital Regional Universitario de Málaga, 2008

  • Certification in Robotic Surgery, Ecole Europeenne de Chirurgie, Strasbourg, 2008

  • Doctoral Program in Pharmacology and Therapeutics and recognition of Research Proficiency with an Outstanding grade, University of Granada, 2000

  • Doctorate (Ph.D.) with Outstanding Doctoral Thesis "cum laude" unanimously, University of Granada, 2002

  • University Master of Biomedical Research in the Care Context, University of Malaga

  • Master's Degree in Minimal Access Cardiac Surgery, University of Malaga

  • Master's Degree in Hospital Management and Health Services

  • University Expert in Medical Direction and Health Services Management

  • University Expert in Medical Quality Management

  • University Expert in Medical Direction and Management of Clinical Units

  • University Expert in Leadership and Management Skills in Health

  • Accreditation of Excellent Practice in Cardiovascular Endosurgery, SECCE, 2019

  • Accreditation of Excellent Practice in Implantation and Explantation of Cardiostimulation Devices, SECCE, 2019

  • Accreditation in Radiation Protection, IAVANTE, Andalusian Health Service, 2018

  • Specific training in mitral and tricuspid valve repair, Brussels, Belgium, 2016

  • Specific training in minimally invasive valve repair, Bad Neustadt, Germany, 2017

  • Specific training in Transcatheter Valve Implantation, Regensburg (Germany), 2017 and SECCE, 2019

  • Specific training in venous echo-doppler, advanced level, 2019

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Grants and Awards

  • XXI Century National Medicine Award, Cardiovascular Surgery category, III edition, 2020.

  • Award “Dr. Luis Castillón ”ex aequo for the best oral communication, Andalusian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery.

  • Grant from the Spanish Society of Cardiovascular and Endovascular Surgery for external training, 2007.

  • Grant from the Andalusian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery for external training, 2007.

  • Grant from the Andalusian Society of Cardiology for the research work "Adipocytes as a source of cardiac regeneration", tutored by Dr. Salas Millán.


Scientific societies

  • Member of The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS).

  • International Partner of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS)

  • Partner of the Spanish Society of Cardiovascular and Endovascular Surgery (SECCE)

  • Partner of the Andalusian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery (SACCV), member of its Board of Directors.

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  • 2010 - present: Vascular and Cardiovascular Surgeon at Hospital Vithas Málaga

  • 2008 - present: Cardiovascular Surgeon at the Regional University Hospital of Malaga

  • 2018 - present: Cardiovascular Surgeon in the Plaza de Toros "La Malagueta", Malaga

  • 2009 - 2013 and 2018 - present: Honorary Collaborator at the University of Malaga

  • 2015 - present: Clinical Tutor of the specialty of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Malaga.

  • 2011 - 2018: Tutor of Residents at the Regional University Hospital of Malaga.

  • 2005 - 2007: Professor in the Specialization Course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage at the University of Malaga

  • 2003 - 2008: Resident Internal Physician of Cardiovascular Surgery at Hospital Regional Universitario de Málaga

  • 1998 - 2002: Resident Internal Physician of Clinical Biochemistry at San Cecilio de Granada Clinical University Hospital

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  • Principal Investigator on Study: The Effect Of Acadesine On Clinically Significant Advers Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Events In High-Risk Subjects Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Using Cardiopulmonary Bypass (protocol number P05633): RED-CABG Trial (Reduction in Cardiovascular Events by Acadesine in Subjects Undergoing CABG). (EudraCT Number: 2008-004881-16).

  • Co-principal investigator in the study: 15-year follow-up of patients aged 50-65 years who underwent isolated aortic valve replacement. Biological or mechanical prostheses? Andalusian multicenter study ANDALVALVE ( ID: NCT03239509).

  • Collaborator in the study: Expert System in Electrocardiography. Advance Competitiveness R + D + i Project (Tractor Project). File TSI020302-2010-136, published in BOE 03/23/2010.


Other merits

  • Reviewer of the journal "Cirugía Cardiovascular" since 2016.

  • Publication of more than 100 communications and articles at the international, national and regional level.

  • Publication of chapters in various books related to Cardiovascular Surgery.

  • Teacher in different courses related to cardiac, vascular and phlebology surgery.

  • Founding member and member of the SECCE Working Groups:

  • Vascular and Endovascular Surgery

  • Arrhythmias and Electrostimulation

  • TAVI and Transcatheter Valvular Techniques

  • Member of the SACCV COVID19 Working Group.

  • Member of the Diabetic Foot Commission, Hospital Regional Universitario de Málaga.

  • Member of the organizing committee and scientific committee of numerous national and regional congresses.

  • Responsible for the Ablation Registry of the Spanish Society of Thoracic-Cardiovascular Surgery from 2009 to 2011 inclusive (III, IV and V Spanish Registry of Arrhythmia Surgery of the SECTCV, RECA).

  • Co-inventor of National Patent 201630883.

  • Collaborator of the Association of Anticoagulated and Coronary Patients of Malaga (APAM) and of the Spanish Association of Heart Valve Carriers (AEPOVAC).

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