Born: 1937 in Granada, Spain.
Education: University of Madrid Medical School
Jímenez Díaz Foundation (Madrid, Spain)
Leeds General Infirmary (Leeds, U.K.)
Texas Heart Institute (Houston, Texas, USA)
Hospital Marie Lannelongue (Paris, France)
Mayo Clinic Foundation (Rochester, Minnesota, USA)
Staff surgeon at the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery. Jímenez Díaz Foundation, Madrid, Spain. (1970-1980)
Head of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Carlos Haya Regional Hospital and Santa Elena Clinic. Málaga, Spain (1980-2010).
In 1972 “La anuloplastia tricúspide iva, regulable y permanente”, published in the Spanish Journal of Cardiology was globally accepted and renamed by others as “The De Vega tricuspid annuloplasty” as the technique of choice to repair the tricuspid valve. In 1982, he performed the first pulmonary valvotomy with the aid of an angioplasty catheter on a premature newborn. The technique and its result on three patients was published in the same journal.
He has been invited to do surgery and to lecture about his approach on the treatment and prevention of tricuspid regurgitation in different centres in Germany, France, U.K., India, China, Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Rusia, Ghana and Taiwan.
He was one of the first surgeons to land in Cape Town in December 1967.
Nowadays he misses the times when medicine and surgery could be practiced without the the burden of bureaucracy and financial profit present today.