Dr. Antonio María de Lacy Fortuny

Director of the Lacy Surgical Institute at Quirónsalud Barcelona Hospital

An international consultant in General and Digestive System Surgery, Dr. Lacy was the first surgeon in Spain to perform Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic surgery (NOTES) to extract a gallbladder orally (2007), or to use Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) in Obesity Surgery (2009), and to extract a rectal tumour through the anus (2010). He is currently recognised worldwide as a pioneer and expert in colon and rectal cancer surgery, bariatric surgery for morbid obesity and oesophagus cancer surgery, among others, using minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgery.

Professional experience
  • Founder and Specialist in General and Digestive Surgery at the Lacy Surgical Institute (present), at Quirónsalud Barcelona Hospital.
  • Head of Gastrointestinal Surgery at Barcelona Hospital Clinic.
Membership in scientific societies
  • Member of the Executive Board of the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery and other Interventional Techniques (EAES).
  • Member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS). Honorary Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS) (2012).
  • Active Member of SAGES (Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons). SAGES International Ambassador Award (2017).
  • Member of the Spanish Association of Surgeons (AEC) since 1997, belonging to the Endoscopic Surgery, Coloproctology, Hepato-biliary Surgery and Gastro-Oesophageal Surgery divisions.
  • Permanent member of the Spanish Society of Morbid Obesity Surgery and Metabolic Diseases (SECO).
  • Member of the European Association of Coloproctology.
  • Member of the International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN).
  • Member of the International Society of Surgery (ISS) of the Société Internationale de Chirurgie (SIC).
Research and teaching
  • Over 236 publications in scientific journals, of which 187 in international journals, with a Global Impact Factor of 834,681 (SCI Journal Citation Reports 2016). H-index: 41 (December 2015).
  • Lacy AM, Tasende MM, Delgado S, Fernandez-Hevia M, Jimenez M, De Lacy B, Castells A, Bravo R, Wexner SD, Heald RJ. Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision for Rectal Cancer: Outcomes after 140 Patients. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2015 Aug; 221(2): 415-23. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2015.03.046. Epub 2015 Mar 30.
  • Lacy AM, García-Valdecasas JC, Delgado S, Castells A, Taurá P, Piqué JM, Visa J. Laparoscopy-assisted colectomy versus open colectomy for treatment of non-metastatic colon cancer: a randomised trial. The Lancet. 2002 Jun 29; 359(9325): 2224-9.
  • Professor of Surgery and Surgical Specialities at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona.
  • Leads and gives international courses on advanced colorectal and bariatric (obesity surgery) laparoscopic surgery.
Stay in foreign centers
  • 1991 EMORY University. Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Atlanta (USA). Subject: Portal Hypertension. Three months of post-doctorate training with the aim of learning Warren anastomosis techniques (selective shunting technique). Professor JM Henderson.
  • Pacific Presbyterian Medical Centre (currently Pacific Medical Centre), San Francisco (USA). Subject: Liver Surgery. 9 months of post-doctorate training with the aim of specialising in liver transplants and liver surgery. Under the tutorship of Dr. Carlos O. Esquivel.
  • Other training placements: Cleveland Clinic, Mount Sinai Hospital, Cornell University.
Languages for clinical practice
  • Spanish
  • Catalan
  • English
  • French