Camilo R. Gomez MD, MBA
Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine
Camilo R. Gomez is one of the first 100 vascular neurologists certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), one of the founders of the subspecialty of interventional neurology in the United States, and has been considered a key opinion leader in his field. He has been awarded the first Eden Medical Electronics (EME) Transcranial Doppler Research Award in 1990, the R. Floyd Yarborough EMS Award in 2000 by the Birmingham Regional EMS (BREMSS), and the Interventional Pioneer Award by the Society of Interventional Neurology (SVIN) in 2007. He has written extensively about a variety of subjects within his specialty, having authored hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters that summarize the results of his original research endeavors, as well as his opinions regarding diverse topics in medicine. He was born in Cuba, emigrated to Venezuela in 1965 and, in 1977, began medical studies at the Universidad Central del Este (UCE) in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, where he attained his M.D. degree in 1981. He then completed his postgraduate education in St. Louis University (SLU), remaining at that institution as the founding director of the Stroke Center, later to be designated as the Souers Stroke Institute, until 1995.
In the early 1990’s Gomez realized the importance of interventional neurology as a natural evolution of his own subspecialty, and began to seek a way for neurologists to be accepted into this field, at the time dominated by Radiology and Neurosurgery. He was later recruited by the late John N. Whitaker, chairman of neurology of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and he moved to Birmingham, Alabama, becoming the founding director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC) of UAB, a post that he held until his resignation in 2003. He then spent 13 years in private practice, becoming the medical director of the Brookwood Stroke Center, also in Birmingham, ultimately joining the faculty and medical staff of Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine.