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18/Oct/2019

On May 24, Dr. Manel Ribas was named Honorary Member of the Russian Hip Society, in the Russian city of Nizhny, Novgorod.

His entry reading, pronounced in English and translated into Russian, has been “Novel soft tissue-sparing mini-invasive techniques in primary total hip replacement” (new techniques of primary hip prosthesis with soft tissue protection).

It is widely known that the Hip Unit is a European reference center and precisely with the figure of Dr Cardenas-Nylander, as well as the Head of Teaching of the entire ICATME department. The Hip Unit provides courses in corpses, training and specialists from South and Central Europe, also from Russia, the USA and Japan.

The Superpath technique has shown, according to data from the Australian Registry, up to a reduction of 91% in taking analgesics to hospital discharge, as well as autonomy in daily life in 85% of cases at 2 weeks.

With the appointment of Dr Manuel Ribas as an honorary member of the Russian Hip Society, a member of the third generation of doctors from the Ribas family revisits Russia 130 years later. 130 years after a doctor of the family-Saga of the Doctors Ribas, the also prestigious professor Dr Manuel Ribas, specialist in Internal Medicine and Epidemiology and former president of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands until his death, brother of the Pulmonologist Joan Ribas, (different populations of Catalonia take their name as a street or avenue, such as the well-known Avenida del Dr Manuel Ribas and Perdigó de Badalona for example.

Professor Manuel Ribas was the right hand of Dr Bartolomé Robert, who was the mayor of Barcelona. Manuel Ribas never yielded to his work in the service of patients and has in his file one, which he considered a “black stain”: having lost the oppositions in Madrid in a hand to hand with his colleague also Professor Ramón y Cajal.

What I would not know is that two generations later Antoni Ribas, today professor of Oncology at UCLA and president of the International Society of Oncology, discovered immunotherapy against melanoma.

In the circles of the Ribas family, by the way very united, with meetings and family meals, it is said that “if one day Ribas can be a Nobel Prize winner”, Antoni can surely be.

A detail of Professor Manuel Ribas (1888): not knowing German, he moved to make his stay of specialized training in Internal Medicine in Germany. It sounds familiar, right?

Dr. Manuel Ribas, hip surgeon, did his final year’s work in History of Medicine in a seemingly simple way:

“Medical Biography of Professor Manuel Ribas i Perdigó”, year 1981.


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