The Neurosurgery Service has been in operation for 25 years at the Institution and attends both adult and pediatric patients requiring neurosurgical treatment, including cranioencephalic trauma and spinal cord injuries, intracranial hemorrhage, endocranial hypertension syndrome, congenital and degenerative spinal pathologies, lumbar pain, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, involuntary movements, spasticity, chronic pain and congenital craniofacial abnormalities.

The service has specialists and sub-specialists for each one of the above pathologies. Each patient’s management is discussed by the team and actions to be taken are decided by consensus.

  • Permanent availability for the management of neurosurgical emergencies.
  • Routine, high-complexity and minimally invasive spine surgery.
  • Functional surgery (Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, involuntary movements, spasticity and chronic pain).
  • Management of congenital defects of the central nervous system.
  • Multidisciplinary support by all of the Institution’s specialties, particularly, Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, Intensive Neurological Care, Neuro-Oncology and Neuroanesthesia. 


The service has equipment of high technology, efficiency and accuracy, which ensures quality and patient safety during procedures.

  • Spinal surgery table (the only one in Latin America)
  • Microscope. (name and model)
  • NeuroNavigator. (name and model)
  • Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring. (name and model)
  • Radiotherapy equipment – Novalis TruBeam (the only one in Latin America).
  • Multi-slice CT Scanner. (name and model). 
  • 3 Tesla MRI unit. (name and model). 
  • Ultrasonic aspirator. (name and model).
  • Fibro-laryngoscope (Olympus).


  • Dr. Oscar Javier Castro Ramírez. Neurosurgery, specialist in spine surgery.
  • Dr. Javier Mauricio Lobato Polo. Neurosurgery, specialist in epilepsy surgery, spinal surgery, functional surgery (Parkinson’s disease and abnormal movements) and radiosurgery.
  • Dr. José Juan Alfonso Uribe Arango. Neurosurgery, specialist in spinal surgery.
  • Dr. Fernando Velásquez Lasprilla – Head of Service. Neurosurgery, specialist in pediatric neurosurgery, spinal surgery, vascular and interventional neuroradiology.

Patient care involves not only medical knowledge and cutting-edge technology, but also the ethical and humanized management deserved by each one of our patients.


Specialist in Neurosurgery