Joan Giné i Partagàs and Bartomeu Robert
Driving forces behind the modernization of medicine in Catalonia in the 19th Century. They introduced positive scientific medicine, with the translation of the work of Virchow.
Jaume Pi i Sunyer
Renowned for his positivist and experimental philosophy, he spread the physiological ideas of Claude Bernard.
A pioneer in the application of the antiseptic techniques of Joseph Lister and the first to use them in surgical practice, which enabled a reduction in infections and post-operative mortality rates.
Miquel Àngel Fargas
One of the pioneering doctors who advocated gynaecology as a specialty and a driving force behind modern surgery.
Lluís Barraquer i Roviralta
A neurologist who, in 1882, was entrusted by the Administration of the Hospital de la Santa Creu to manage the first ever service specializing in diseases of the nervous system in Catalonia, which paved the way for the start of Catalan clinical neurology.
Joan Giné i Partagás and Jaume Peyrí
They are considered to be the pioneers of modern dermatology. Giné i Partagàs introduced Lister’s treatment and antiseptics to the country, as well as new methods of teaching medicine. He founded the first psychiatric college in Spain.
Peyrí was named as the Chair of Dermatology at the Universitat de Barcelona in 1915, becoming the first university chair in this specialty in Catalonia. He participated in the creation of the Societat Catalana de Dermatologia (Catalan Dermatology Society) in 1925.
Enric Ribas i Ribas
The great expert of abdominal surgery. He joined the Hospital de la Santa Creu in 1897 and became the head of the Surgical Service in 1906.
Joan Gelpí and Josep Anton Barraquer
They are remembered for their contributions to the field of ophthalmology. Gelpí was also renowned for his concern for sight-related pathologies in children and the need for regular check-ups and hygienic consulting rooms.
Barraquer is one of the founders of the Escola d’Oftalmologia Catalana Moderna (College of Modern Catalan Ophthalmology). He founded a dispensary at the Hospital de la Santa Creu (1879) and later, as the Tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical Faculty of Barcelona, he raised the level of the specialty. He was also one of the founders of the Acadèmia de Ciències Mèdiques (Academy of Medical Sciences) in Barcelona.
Agustí Prior and Cèsar Comas
Pioneers of radiology in Catalonia. They performed the first x-ray in Spain at the Hospital de la Santa Creu.
Rossend Carrasco i Formiguera
He spread endocrinology and introduced insulin treatments to Europe.
Francesc Gallart i Monés
The father of gastroenterology in Catalonia. In 1913, he founded the Escola de Patologia Digestiva (College of Digestive Pathology) at the Hospital de la Santa Creu and, in 1919, he was awarded a permanent position as a doctor at the Hospital, taking on the role of director of the General Medicine Service, to which he incorporated the College, which he ran until 1951.
Josep Maria Bartrina
The great master of Catalan urology. In 1951, he joined the Surgery Service of the Hospital de la Santa Creu and, in 1911, he was named as the Tenured Professor of Surgical Pathology by the Medical Faculty of Barcelona. For the first time in the city, he performed a urethral endoscopic catheterization and advocated the hypogastric prostatectomy.
A pioneer in the introduction of various procedures in the field of traumatology.
Josep Trueta i Raspall
An orthopaedic surgeon and traumatologist specializing in surgery on the limbs. He is remembered for his work during the Spanish Civil War, when he put into practice a method of treating the wounds and broken limbs of war casualties based on the method developed by the US surgeon Winnett Orr.
A disciple of Josep Trueta i Raspall, the internationally renowned surgeon, he introduced new abdominal and thoracic surgical procedures and neurosurgery. In 1921, he was appointed as the director of the Surgical Service of the Hospital de la Santa Creu and founded the Clinic that is named after him.
Jaume Ferran and Lluís Sayé
Pioneers in the field of microbiology. A doctor and bacteriologist, Ferran discovered a vaccine against cholera. He went on to continue researching and developed vaccines against typhus, rabies and tuberculosis.
Lluís Sayé and Jacint Reventós Bordoy
The pioneers of phthisiology in Catalonia. Sayé was also highly respected for his research in the field of microbiology.
Antoni and Joaquim Trias i Pujol
The brothers were the driving force behind the introduction of several surgical procedures.
Eschewing the general focus on speed, they advocated a more meticulous approach to surgery, which soon proved to be far superior.
August Pi i Sunyer
The great master of Catalan physiology, he headed institutions such as the Societat de Biologia de Barcelona (Barcelona Biology Society) and the Institut de Fisiologia (Physiology Institute), earning great international renown.