I was born in Ferrol, an important shipbuilding port and Spanish Navy military base. My father was a chief engineer in the merchant navy, so that left me a certain taste for things pertaining to the sea. I love ships and like to know about them. I am proud that Ferrol was -along with La Habana in Cuba- the most important shipbuilding center for the Spanish Crown, and even today some of the world finest military vessels are being diseigned and built in my hometown.
My school years were spent at Colegio Tirso de Molina, where I did both bachillerato elemental, superior and revalidas (in short, all the non university education). Tirso de Molina was a religious school managed by the an order of Monks called Mercedarios -you can see their ensign in the wall of the building. In the old times the monks will offer themselves to the muslims as slaves in exchange by christian captives captured who lack money to pay for their rescue -a common practice back then-. In modern times they are basically devoted to education.
In 1973 the whole family settled in Valencia, where my father started to work in an import-export company specializing in naval powerplants.
I did the university preliminary course at INB Fuente San Luis and then went on to study medicine at Valencia University Medical School. Those were years to be remember! good city, good people, good friends, a nice medical school...
In 1981 the family moved again to La Coruña, and there, after my compulsory military service I landed in the summer of 1982 my first job at a very beautiful coastal village named Cedeira. I worked there as a reinforcement doctor for the Spanish National Health Service; And I was lucky enough to meet Miriam, my other half. We married in 1987 and settle to live in La Coruña where I was working at San Rafael Hospital.
In 1989 we really did a move and crossed the Atlantic to New York, where we spent six years, the time it took for me to complete an internal medicine residency al St John´s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway and a fellowship in hematology and oncology at St Lukes and Roosevelt Hospital in Manhattan. We lived initially in Long Island, at Nassau County, and then in Forest Hills at Queens, and finally we moved to Manhattan. There our two kids, Cristobal and Raquel were born, Cris in 1992 and Raquel in 1995. We got two New Yorkers!
After I finished medical training we returned to La Coruña where I worked as medical oncologist at San Rafael and Santa Teresa Hospitals. We stayed there for twelve years, the longest period I have stayed in anyone place. In 2007 we moved to Marbella -a wonderful place!- were I work to date as medical specialist at Quiron Marbella Hospital.