Felipe Vega Rivera, MD, FACS

Dr. Felipe Vega-Rivera received his medical degree from the Mexican School of Medicine, La Salle University. He completed his General Surgery training at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in the Mexican Red Cross Central Hospital. Dr. Vega's extensive training in trauma surgery was completed at the Presidential State Hospital in Mexico (CHEM). He received further training as an International Scholar Visitor Fellow in Trauma Surgery at Los Angeles County, USC+LAC and also at the UCSD Trauma Center in San Diego, CA.  He is certified in advanced laparoscopic surgery, is a Member of the Latinoamerican Federation of Laparoscopic Surgery, and is certified by the Mexican Board of Surgery.

Dr. Vega-Rivera's post-graduate education includes Trauma Care Quality Improvement at Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington and General Thoracic Surgery at Harvard University. He is a WHO group participant/Mexico "Essential Trauma Care Project." (ETC), a group of experts tasked with the development of rules for prehospital services and ambulances in Mexico. Dr. Vega-Rivera actively promoted the proposed amendments to the Mexican General Health Law which would create Specialized Trauma Care Centers; this legislation is pending in the Mexican Congress. He has served as a Professor and Lecturer at 194 conferences, courses and symposiums in Mexico and abroad. He has participated in 12 book chapters and is the Director of the Spanish edition of "The emergency care and transportation of the sick and wounded," of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Vega-Rivera is a Staff Trauma Surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Hospital Angeles Lomas, Mexico City. He was the Vice-President of the Panamerican Trauma Society in 2011 and Chairman of Trauma Systems Committee for the Panamerican Trauma Society between 2010-2013. In 2013, he also served as the Co-Chair of the Trauma Quality Improvement Subcommittee for the Panamerican Trauma Society. In 2014, he was the Editor of Trauma Care Guidelines for Latin America, Panamerican Trauma Society.

Dr. Vega-Rivera is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Main Editor of the Guidelines for Development of Trauma Systems and Essential Trauma Care Guidelines for Latin America from the Panamerican Trauma Society.