Julio C. Cruz
An Overview of my Career by Julio C. Cruz, M.D.
In 1959, as a medical student, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Dante Peñaloza, head of the Department of Cardiology; there is where I learned how to perform right heart catheterizations, marking the beginning of my passion for research. In 1963, I contributed to the research project at high altitude, I received an "Honorable Mention" from the American College of Chest Physicians. In 1964, I got a U.S. Public Health Service International Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. I spent two years with Dr. Hermann Rahn and Dr. Leon E. Farhi. After working 15 years at the University Cayetano Heredia, I left Peru in 1978. I spent two years at the University of Colorado. Since I could not get a job, I went to a Residency Program in Anesthesia and became a Board Certified of Anesthesiology in 1988. I worked 15 years for the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. I took a leave of absence, 1990-1991, at the Max Plank Institut für Experimentelle Medizin, Göttingen, Germany. With the help of Dr. Gordon Cumming (London, England) I was able to publish a paper on my experiments on argon inhalation conducted in Buffalo, N.Y. back in 1965. I retired from my medical practice in 1998. My last 15 years have been dedicated to teaching basic science to young people in Piura, Peru, a very rewarding volunteer experience that I might recommend to other retirees. In 2007, I published a book in Spanish on Respiratory Physiology. My last achievement was in Boston (Experimental Biology 2013), where I became part of the American Physiological Society’s Living History Program. Finally, besides my friends already mentioned in bold letters, I would also like to recognize the following: Dr. Alberto Hurtado, in Peru; Dr. Robert F. Grover, in the USA; and Dr. Johannes Piiper, in Germany.