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 "...committed to compassionate and personalized patient
care in a setting of excellence."

   Dr. Lafuente received his medical degree from the University of Costa Rica
in San José.  He completed his residencies in General Surgery and
Cardiothoracic Surgery as well as fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery at
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.  At the completion of his General
Surgery training, he received the Outstanding Resident Award.

   His clinical areas of interest are transplantation of heart and lung, cardiac
assist devices, high risk cardiac and pulmonary surgery and treatment of
heart failure and lung cancer.  His research interests are in transplantation,
cardiac assist devices and artificial lung.  Since his early training years, Dr.
Lafuente has been involved in the Cardiac Assist Device Program.  He
participated in the trials for Novacor use at The Methodist Hospital, and the
implantation of the first Micromed-DeBakey pump in the United States.  He
has been an active participant in the Transplant Program since 1985.

   Dr. Lafuente is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American
Board of Thoracic Surgery.  He is a Fellow of the American College of
Surgeons and a member of multiple medical societies including the Society of
Thoracic Surgeons, the International Society for Heart and Lung
Transplantation, the Michael E. DeBakey International Society, and the
American Medical Association.  He was the President of the Hispanic
American Medical Association of Houston for 1999-2000.
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"The University [of
Costa Rica
is the most mentioned
government institution
in Costa Rican media,
and its opinion is
sought in scientific,
ethic and economic
matters. Costa Rica's
president, Oscar Arias,
many ministers, and
heads of the country's
public institutions are
all UCR graduates."
1 Wikipedia. (2007). University of Costa Rica. Retrieved July 22, 2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Costa_Rica