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Obituary | Claudio Villela Pedras, MD

Claudio Villela Pedras, MD

Claudio Villela Pedras, MD, former head professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and former Chief of Spine Deformities at National Institute of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Rio de Janeiro, died January 30, 2017.

Dr. Pedras was native of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil and moved to Rio de Janeiro to study Medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He began his professional career as Orthopedic Surgeon at Miguel Couto Hospital and Trauma Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. His former Chief, Dr. Nova Monteiro, seeing a need for spinal pathologies treatment, inspired him to do a fellowship with Professor John Moe.

Dr. Pedras with Edgar Dawson MD completed, the first John Moe Fellowship Program in Minneapolis in 1972. Returning to Rio de Janeiro, he was recruited to work at Miguel Couto Municipal Hospital and later at Trauma Hospital, today called INTO, the Spine Deformity Center.

Dr. Pedras was always ahead of his time, interested in new technologies and was a pioneer in less invasive procedures for spinal surgery in Brazil, performing the first video assisted thoracoscopic procedure for thoracolumbar fracture at the University Hospital of Rio de Janeiro in the early 90s.