F Florez Nicolini y col. In memoriam Prof. Dr. Luis Gramáꢁca. Rev Argent Cirug 2020;112(3):219-221
001 como presidente del 72° Congreso Argenꢀno de bíamos a quirófano, nos impresionaba con su destreza
Cirugía y 2 años más tarde llegó a la Presidencia de la y por la precisión en aplicar una técnica quirúrgica. Una
Insꢀtución. acꢀvidad que disfrutaba era la de comparꢀr un café con
Pero, para él, lo más importante en su tra- todos sus discípulos en el bar frente al hospital, des-
yectoria médica fue su dedicación a la formación de pués de las recorridas de sala o al ﬁnalizar una cirugía.
nuevas generaciones. Permanentemente se pregunta- Eran verdaderos ateneos en los cuales parꢀcipábamos
ba qué era lo mejor para poder ofrecerles. Así pudo la mayoría de los médicos de una manera muy distendi-
enviar a numerosos médicos para realizar experiencias da, y él cariñosamente las llamaba Charlas de Ortega
en importantes centros, tanto en el país como en el ex- y Gasset.
terior. Formó numerosos discípulos entre los que nos
Su preocupación fue siempre asisꢀr a los ciru-
encontramos ‒junto a profesionales de dilatada tra- janos. Estaba presente apenas se lo necesitaba y ayudó
yectoria como Orlando Mdalel‒ Jorge Saliba, Rolando desinteresadamente a muchísimos, tanto ante una diﬁ-
Montenegro, su hijo Luisito, Roberto Badra, Francisco cultad, como frente a una grave complicación.
Bergesio, Daniel Beyrne, Crisꢀan Dutari, Federico Gari-
Querido Luis, siempre te recordaremos con un
boꢂ y muchísimos más. Era un placer acompañarlo en cariño inmenso, un gran respeto y una profunda ad-
una visita de sala. Siempre deslumbraba con su habili- miración.
dad para resolver los casos problema, y sus propuestas
diagnósꢀcas eran de una solidez increíble. Cuando su-
Que descanses en paz.
It is a great honor to put into words the trajectory he was fully dedicated to research on pancreaꢀc
of an outstanding master of surgery of Cordoba, of our diseases under the supervision of Prof. Marion
country and of the enꢀre world, who has been not only Anderson. He then travelled to France to complete his
our mentor in surgery, but also a permanent support and studies with Prof. Henry Sarles in Marseille.
an immeasurable advisor and friend.
Someꢀme later he returned to Cordoba,
Luis Gramáꢀca was born in Villa Dolores, where he soon presented his doctoral thesis enꢀtled
a city in western Cordoba, on November 14, 1940. Cholecystopancreaꢀꢀs, which obtained the highest
He was the son of Ferrante José Gramaꢀca and Sara qualiﬁcaꢀon. This achievement and his passion for the
Ema Mateos, for whom he had a special passion. He pancreas placed him on the leading posiꢀons among
completed his primary and secondary educaꢀon the surgical community.
there and then entered the Faculty of Medicine of the
He also went to St Mark’s Hospital in London
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, where he was an where he received training in colorectal surgery. Later,
outstanding student. When he ﬁnished his studies, he he won the JICA scholarship and moved to Japan where
started working in the Chair of Descripꢀve Anatomy, he gained important experience in esophageal and
where we had the opportunity to meet him. He did not gastric surgery under the supervision of Prof. Endo.
go unnoꢀced and impressed us with his knowledge and
Back in Córdoba, he became Full Professor of
the ease he displayed. At the same ꢀme, he started his the II Chair of Clinical Surgery by compeꢀꢀve selecꢀon,
acꢀvity as a surgeon, joining the Surgery Department 2 and later became head of the Department of Surgery.
of the Hospital de Clínicas de Córdoba, which had been
established by Dr. Pablo Luis Mirizzi years before, and of one of his most beloved disciples, Dr. Ernesto Papa,
conꢀnued with his rigorous way of teaching. were the most important experiences that would
But perhaps his trips to Africa in the company
Aꢃer some ꢀme, he decided to complete mark him forever, as he commented with passion.
his surgical training in Spain and managed to enter Undoubtedly, he provided invaluable help by assisꢀng
the Hospital de la Santa Cruz y San Pablo, in the and operaꢀng on many sick people in humanitarian
Department of General and Digesꢀve Surgery, under missions in Cameroon and Mali.
the direcꢀon of Professor Jaime Pi Figueras, who was
He had a special aﬀecꢀon for Asociación
recognized worldwide and was considered by Luis to Argenꢀna de Cirugía, where he acted as president of
be his true master. There he met Concepción Bosch, the 72 Argenꢀne Congress of Surgery in 2001, and
who he married and who was his inseparable partner two years later he became president of the insꢀtuꢀon.
over ꢀme. He had three children: Luis, who became a
But his dedicaꢀon to training new generaꢀons
surgeon and worked with him, and Gabriel and Gerard, was the most important aspect of his medical career.
two renowned lawyers in the city of Cordoba. He constantly asked himself what he could oﬀer them
Aꢃer ﬁnishing his training in Barcelona, he best. In this way, he was able to make several doctors
moved to the United States, where he received his work in important centers in the country and abroad. He
degree from Norwestern University at Chicago. There, educated many trainees, including professionals with a