Hospital Militar—Bogotá, Colombia

Hospital Militar Central
Transversal 3 Número 49-00
Edificio Fe en la Causa
Bogotá, D.C.

Phone: +57 1 3486868 
+57 1 3102309006
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Spine Center Director:
Dr. Javier Matta Ibarra

Team members:
Orthopedics Staff:
Dr. Victor Arrieta María
Dr. Juan Carlos Andrade Rodríguez
Dr. Gustavo Rozo López
Neurosurgery Staff:
Dr. Erik Muñoz Rodríguez
Dr. Luis Orlando Rojas Romero
Dr. Juan Carlos Luque Suarez
Dr. Leonardo Chacón Zambrano

Center description

The Hospital Militar Central has been operating for a 100 years. It is very well equipped and is one of the largest medical facilities in Colombia. Located in the city of Bogota, is an 800 bed hospital and in addition to medical care, provides a variety of educational services. The Spine Surgery Unit works together with the Neurosurgery Service, handling patients with spine pathologies.

Most frequent pathologies

Mainly spine trauma, degenerative and less frequently multispecialty pathologies as deformities, tumors, infections and metabolic diseases. In addition, pelvic trauma is attended and spinopelvic instrumentation is performed for degenerative spine pathologies, deformities, traumatic, tumors, etc.

Number of cases per year:



  • Cervical deformity

eventual presentation

  • Cervical trauma 
1 every two months
  • Cervical tumor 
eventual presentation
  • Rheumatoid cervical spine 
1 every two months
  • Chronic pain
approx. 9 every two months
  • Degenerative cervical spine 
approx. 3 every two months
  • Degenerative lumbar spine 
approx. 4 per month
  • Special Procedures 
approx. 1 per month
  • Thoracic & Lumbar Trauma 
approx. 1 per month
  • Thoracic, Lumbar & Sacral Tumor 
eventual presentation
  • Thoracolumbar deformity 
approx. 1 per month

Fellowship types

Short (6 months) Fellowship - Hospital Militar Central program
Long (2 years) Associate Fellows - Universidad Militar Nueva Granada program.

Language requirements


Vacancy per year

Two Fellowship (six months) - Hospital Militar Central program. The Hospital Militar along with the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada offers a spine training through a Fellowship Program. It will be a three months training, with the possibility to extend for another three months by taking a break of fifteen days, this break is required to extend their fellowship program.

Fellowship start

1 February and 1 July

Special requirements

The Hospital Militar Central is the practice center of the Universidad Militar Nueva Granada, offers a spine training through a Fellowship program. The Universidad Militar Nueva Granada offers a specialization program in spine surgery with a duration of two years.

The applicant has to be approved by the Hospital, by sending a letter to the Education & Research Director.

The training will cost USD 250 per month approximately, which must be paid in advance, before the beginning of the fellowship - As soon as the fellow receive the approval letter from the Hospital Militar Central)‬

Program Characteristics


To form specialists with a high knowledge on diagnosing, treating and rehabilitation of spine pathologies, providing trainings for their professional development in the surgical, research and teaching medical areas.

Specific objectives:

• Adequate learning environment, with high motivation and interest

• Encourage clinical practice with responsibility, developing promotion, prevention and education actions

• Develop proficiency on clinical reasoning and decision making, on complex spinal pathologies situations

• Share neurosurgical techniques and develop competencies, based on the clinical and surgical aspects of the specialty

• Promote research

• Implement a program of self-education that values their own develop 


7:00 to 16:00 - 18:00 hours approximatey

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