Dr. Raúl F. Abella

Director of Barcelona International Heart Centre, Dexeus University Hospital
Clinical area

Dr. Raúl Felipe Abellá is a consultant in paediatric cardiovascular surgery. His centre has international professionals who treat all types of congenital heart diseases; with over 25 years’ experience and over 3000 heart operations, including the most complicated procedures, the centre has an Aristotle Basic Complexity Score of 7.3, a post-operative survival rate of 98.2%, and a hospital rate of 97%, which all comply with the international standards of centres of excellence at world level.

Dr. Raúl F. Abella

Centros de los Médicos

Professional experience
  • Director of Barcelona International Heart Centre (CICB), Dexeus University Hospital (present).
  • Head of Paediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital (2010-present).
  • Collaboration on development aid programmes for paediatric cardiovascular surgery in developing countries.
    • 2002-2009: Cardiovascular surgery at IRCCS San Donato Polyclinic in Milan, ITALY.
    • 1995-2001: Cardiovascular surgery at Hesperia Hospital, Modena, ITALY.
    • 1991-1995: Cardiovascular surgery at Bambino Gesù Paediatric Hospital, Rome, ITALY.
Membership in scientific societies
  • Founding Member of the World Society for Paediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery.
  • Member of the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.
Research and teaching
  • Speaker at over 100 national and international conferences.
  • 200 articles and publications.
    • Member of the Cardiac Paediatric Surgery Programme, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
    • Medical School Programme, University of Girona, Girona, Spain.
    • Over 56 humanitarian missions in 9 countries as a cardiovascular surgeon.
    • Operated on over 525 children with or without extracorporeal circulation.
    • Director of 3 cardiovascular surgery development programmes for the Cuban Ministry of Health.
Stay in foreign centers
  • Cardiovascular surgery specialist with internships in Italy, France, Switzerland and the United States.
  • IRCCS San Donato Polyclinic in Milan, Italy.
  • Aldo Castaneda Institute, Genolier, Switzerland.
  • Bambini Gesù Hospital, Rome, Italy.
Languages for clinical practice
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italian