Barcelona, Spain


Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital


Every year, Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital admits more than 200,000 patients, hospitalizes over 26,000 patients and treats about 115,000 emergency cases. Also, at Sant Joan de Déu, more than 14,000 surgical interventions are performed and about 4,000 babies are born.

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About Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital

Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital has been working for more than 150 years and helps a large number of children all over the world.
It is a private center run by the Catalan Health Service, which belongs to the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, a religious organization. The same organization runs almost 300 medical centers around the world.

More than 1,200 specialists work at Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona Hospital, carrying out more than 4,000 deliveries, 26,000 hospitalizations and 13,000 surgical interventions a year.


Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital: benefits
Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital: specializations
Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital: treatment costs
Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital: online-consultations

Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital: benefits

The multidisciplinary Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital has become one of the leading hospitals for children and adolescents in Europe and the main one in Spain. Here, all pediatric diseases are treated in a comprehensive way. The hospital is based at the University of Barcelona and is closely connected to the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.


At Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital, doctors work exclusively with children, which allows to provide the best medical care in Europe,  taking into account the physiology of children of all age categories. The pediatricians also know how to find a specific approach to each child and to the parents. In addition, doctors know the nuances of working with seriously ill children.

Sant Joan de Deu Barcerlona Hospiatal: specializations

Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital specializes in diagnostics and treatment of childhood diseases and oncology, as well as the management of severe pregnancy and childbirth. The doctors develop new and improve the existing methods of fighting severe incurable diseases.
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics and Traumatology
Neurology
Neurosurgery
Rehabilitation and physiotherapy
Cardiology and cardiac surgery
Genetics

Oncology

At Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital oncologists specialize in all types of pediatric oncology: acute and chronic leukemia, neuroblastomas, retinoblastomas, musculoskeletal tumors (sarcomas), brain cancers (including brainstem gliomas), histiocytosis, renal tumors, leukemias and lymphomas.
Doctors treat rare hematologic diseases: hematoglobinopathies, congenital and acquired bone marrow insufficiency (erythroblastopenia, leukopenia, Fanconi anemia, Diamond–Blackfan anemia), congenital and acquired neutropenia, acute immune thrombocytopenia, clotting factor deficiency, hemolytic anemia.

Advantages of treating an oncological disease at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital:

  • Neuroblastoma. A molecular evaluation of the tumor is performed to determine if aggressive treatment is required after surgery. Here, immunotherapy against GD2 is used.
  • Retinoblastoma. Here, localized chemotherapy of the tumor with intra-arterial injection of the medication is used. This is the only hospital in the world to do intravitreal viral therapy.
  • Tumors of the musculoskeletal system. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital uses methods to reconstruct the affected limb with the patient's or donor's bone material to avoid amputation.
  • Brain and spinal cord cancer. It is treated according to advanced chemotherapy and radiation therapy schemes. Doctors have developed an advanced treatment for spinal glioma.
  • Diffuse brainstem gliomas. Diagnostic and therapeutic approach to this type of tumor is used during the treatment. They use high-tech diagnostic equipment for the purpose of prescribing appropriate therapy.
  • Leukemia. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital is the main pediatric leukemia center in Europe. Patients receive therapy based on innovative methods.
Recommended oncologists:
Director of Pediatric Oncology and Neurooncology, Oncologist

Andrés Morales La Madrid

Expert in tumors of the central nervous system.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan and Englsih

Scientific Director of the Oncology and Hematology Service, Oncologist

Jaume Mora Graupera

Expert in neuroblastoma, Ewing's sarcoma, Wilms' tumor, brainstem glioma.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Head of the Department of Oncology and Hematology, Oncologist

Ofelia Cruz Martínez

Expert in pediatric oncology and neuroncology.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Ophthalmology

The Department of Ophthalmology at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital examines and treats pathologies of retina, pupil, eyelid, eyeball, lacrimal canal, optic nerve and muscles.

Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital is considered one of the best for the treatment of ophthalmic diseases.
Thus, more than 120 appointments and 4-5 surgeries a day are performed. Due to the flow of patients and the complexity of the treated pathologies, doctors have become leading specialists in the national and international arena.

The department employs 12 ophthalmologists who specialize in narrow areas.

Doctors at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital have introduced and developed innovative technologies that help provide high-quality diagnostics. The Gazelab examines the movements of the eyeball, obtaining accurate digital data about the eye's biomechanics disorder.

Recommended ophthalmologists:
Head of Pediatric ophthalmology department, ophthalmologist

Joan Prat Bartomeu

Expert in orbital surgery and oculoplasty.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French and Portuguese.

Ophthalmologist

Jaume Català Mora

Expert in retinal and vitreous pathologies and treatment of retinoblastoma. General specialization in age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and other types of retinal degeneration.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Ophthalmologist

Marta Morales Ballús

Expert in congenital cataract and anterior segment surgery in children.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Orthopedics and Traumatology

The Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital is staffed by top doctors with many years of experience. They work with high-tech equipment and perform operations even in the most complex cases, using robotic systems, ensuring a positive result and safety for patients.

Five subdivisions providing highly specialized and comprehensive care have been established:
  • Upper extremities. Bone and nerve injuries of the shoulder girdle, congenital pathologies (arthrogryposis of the upper extremity).
  • Lower extremities. At Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital, axial deformities and leg dysmetries are corrected using the latest surgical methods. The doctors have many years of experience with foot, knee and hip problems.
  • Tumors, infections, and dysplasia. Theses diseases are dealt with by doctors who specialize in bone and joint pathologies, dysplasia, bone metabolism disorders, tumor megaprosthesis implants and operations of imperfect osteogenesis (genetic pathologies).
  • Spine. Doctors treat all types and stages of spinal diseases: scoliosis, spondylosis, developmental defects, tumors and spinal injuries.
Recommended orthopedists and traumatologists:
Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, operating orthopedist and traumatologist

César Galo García Fontecha

Expert in bone lengthening, deformity correction, bone and joint infection, hip dysplasia, scoliosis, equinovarus foot deformity.



Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Operating orthopedist and traumatologist



Laura Corominas Francès

Expert in hip surgery (hip dysplasia, Perthes disease, hip epiphysiolysis), foot and ankle deformities in children.


Languages: Spanish, French, English and Italian.

Operating orthopedist and traumatologist



Pilar Rovira Martí



Expert in bone dysplasia, angular and rotational deformities, lower extremity lengthening, reconstructive pathology and congenital lower extremity deformities.



Languages: Spanish, French and English.

Neurology

The Department of Pediatric Neurology at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital deals with all known neurological disorders, treating both congenital and acquired disorders. The doctors treat refractory epilepsy, familial ataxia and paraplegia, metabolic disorders, motor disorders, neuromuscular pathology and neuroectodermal syndromes. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital also provides training doctors specializing in neurology.

At Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital, clinical trials are regularly conducted and doctors are involved in researching new medications and methods of diagnostics and treatment.

Neuromuscular disorders in children. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital treats all types of neuromuscular pathologies (Duchenne myotrophy, spinal muscular atrophy and others). They also perform diagnostics in the early stages of the disease.

Developmental disorders of the nervous system. All types of disorders of nervous system development are treated here. An interdisciplinary unit specializes in Rett syndrome and other rare pathologies of genetic nature. Doctors study the genetic mutations that cause abnormalities in the nervous system.

Recommended neurologists:
Head of the Neurology department

Maria Carme Fons Estupiñà

Expert in neonatal neurology.



Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Neurologist

Àngels García Cazorla

Expert in neurology, rare neurometabolic and neurogenetic diseases.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French

Neurophysiologist

Òscar Ramon Sans Capdevila

Expert in sleep disorders, EEG and polysomnography in children and adolescents.



Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Neurosurgery

The Department of Neurosurgery at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital treats craniocerebral injuries, hydrocephalus, craniofacial anomalies, spinal cord and spinal cord pathologies (spina bifida) and vascular disorders. For certain diagnoses, neurosurgeons work with their colleagues on such diagnoses: epilepsy, motor disorders, diseases related to neuro-oncology and pathologies of intrauterine development.

Doctors at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital use neuronavigation, robotic system and latest generation microscopes. They also treat plagiocephaly with the use of orthopedic helmets and use surgical methods for correcting developmental defects of the head, neck, etc. The department is accredited by the ERN CRANIO for cranial anomalies.
Neuro-oncology. Here, oncological pathologies of the nervous system are treated, using a comprehensive approach, which includes effective surgical techniques.

  • It is the only center in Spain certified by the CSUR (leading center) of the Ministry of Health for surgical treatment of epilepsy in children. The doctors successfully stop seizures and reduce the number of relapses.
  • Movement Disorders. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital is a leading center in the field of surgical intervention for movement disorders (dystonia, spasticity and other pathologies), using surgical robots and the most modern equipment.
  • Doctors successfully treat craniosynostosis (early closure of cranial sutures) and rare developmental defects, plagiocephaly, using an orthopedic helmet.
  • Doctors at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital treat hydrocephalus of various causes. The department is equipped with modern systems for fluid diversion.
  • Doctors specialize in spina bifida, scoliosis and Chiari malformation.
  • Doctors at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital treat newborns and premature infants surgically, using neuroendoscopy, taking into account the physiological characteristics.

Recommended neurosurgeons:
Coordinator of pediatric functional neurosurgery, neurosurgeon

Jordi Rumià Arboix

Specialist in functional neurosurgery.



Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Neurosurgeon


José Hinojosa Mena-Bernal

Specialist in neuro-oncology, maxillofacial surgery, fixed spinal cord syndrome, hydrocephalus, neuroendoscopy and minimally invasive surgery.



Languages: Spanish, English.

Neurosurgeon


Pilar Rovira Martí

Specialist in epilepsy and movement disorder surgery, craniofacial surgery, treatment of spasticity, neuroendoscopy.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Rehabilitation and physiotherapy

The Department of Rehabilitation and physiotherapy at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital deals with the prevention, diagnostics and treatment of functional disorders.
The doctors individually select a set of measures according to the diagnosis, age and severity of the disease. They start at the initial stage and supervise the condition of the child outside the hospital.

Rehabilitation therapists work with children and adolescents with initial stages or severe forms of functional impairment.


Rehabilitation Medicine. Innovative therapeutic rehabilitation improves the quality of life in the aftermath of brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal disorders. Rehabilitation therapists use advanced methods to help children return to their usual activities.

Physical therapy. The Department of Rehabilitation and physiotherapy at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital deals with disorders of motor activity, muscle tone, coordination, body position and balance. Respiratory rehabilitation is used, taking into account the diagnosis and age pecularities.
Occupational therapy. Doctors restore the ability to perform everyday activities (eating, putting on clothes independently, walking, running, etc.) so that the patient can perform all activities independently.

Speech therapy. Specialists work with speech disorders due to brain damage from injuries and illnesses, lack of attention or memory impairment. Doctors have developed techniques for restoring speech ability.

Recommended physiotherapists:
Pediatric physiotherapist

Enrique Del Campo García Ramos

Expert in pediatric respiratory physical therapy.



Languages: Spanish, English.

Pediatric physiotherapist

Natalia Rodríguez Nieva

An expert in rehabilitation and physical medicine.



Languages: Spanish, English.

Speech Therapist

Alessandra Zoccali

Expert in epilepsy and movement disorder surgery, craniofacial surgery, treatment of spasticity, neuroendoscopy.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Cardiology and cardiac surgery

The doctors at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital perform surgeries for congenital heart defects in newborns, infants and adolescents. Cardiac diseases are evaluated and treated at an early stage with a minimum stay in the clinic, so that the child could return to normal life faster. The success rate of cardiac surgeries is over 98%.

Cardiac surgery for congenital heart diseases. Doctors treat congenital heart diseases and other rare cardiac abnormalities in their early stages to avoid severe consequences.

Therapeutic catheterization of the fetal and infant heart. The method eliminates many congenital heart anomalies (valve defects, atrial septal and ventricular septal defects, open arterial duct, coarctation of the aorta, etc). Therapeutic catheterization, being minimally invasive, allows the patient return to normal life quickly.

Fetal cardiology. The cardiologists at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital, together with the clinic's fetal medicine obstetricians and BCNatal neonatologists, offer a global approach as a unit, including pregnancy monitoring, a cross-sectional approach to heart diseases and postpartum monitoring.

Recommended cardiologists:
Head of the Department of Cardiology and Cardiac surgery

José María Caffarena Calvar

Expert in neonatal cardiac surgery.


Languages: Spanish and English.

Cardiologist


Georgia Sarquella Brugada

Specialist in Sudden infant death syndrome, pediatric cardiology, catheterization in congenital heart disease.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Cardiologist


María Clara Escobar Díaz

Fetal cardiology specialist.


Languages: Spanish and English.

Genetics

The Department specializes in the treatment of genetic diseases.
At the Departement of Genetics at Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital, doctors work closely with specialists of other departments (neurologists, neonatologists, obstetricians, gynecologists).

Doctors cooperate with scientists from the Pediatric Institut for Rare Diseases.

The main task for geneticists is to examine genomes and specific genes in order to identify abnormalities, create the most detailed screening program and prescribe effective therapies.

Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital practices clinical-genetic counseling to help analyze morphological abnormalities in patients.

Laboratories:

  • Cytogenetics laboratory. Analysis of chromosomal abnormalities that lead to chromosomal syndromes and genomic disorders.
  • Molecular genetics laboratory. Here, abnormalities of a single gene and genomic rearrangements are diagnosed. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital has a DNA bank where samples are kept for further investigations.
  • Biochemical genetics laboratory. They examine a full list of genes to detect inherited metabolic abnormalities.
  • Clinical biochemistry lab – metabolic diseases. Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital diagnoses hereditary metabolic abnormalities by detecting metabolites in plasma, urine, cerebrospinal fluid and analyzing genomic panels.
Recommended geneticists:
Director of the Children's Center for the Treatment of Rare Diseases

Francesc Palau Martínez

Specialist in clinical genetics, neurogenetics, genetic counseling and rare diseases.


Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English and French.

Pediatric geneticist

Antonio Martínez Monseny

Specialist in clinical genetics, dysmorphology and genetic diagnostics.



Languages: Spanish, Catalan and English.

Biologist

Loreto Martorell Sampol

Specialist in molecular genetics.



Languages: Spanish and English.

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Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital: online-consultations

At Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital, doctors offer online consultations for all international patients. The cost of the consultation starts from $250. To get professional opinion from a Spanish doctor, you need to send a consultation request on the UNICLINICS platform. After making a payment to the account of the Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital:
  • the date and time of the consultation is scheduled;
  • interpreter services are arranged;
  • patients prepare a list of questions that they want to be answered and the list is sent to the doctor;
  • Sant Joan de Deu Barcelona Hospital sends a link to the consultation;
  • the doctor and the patient connect to the consultation and introduce themselves;
  • the doctor collects the anamnesis personally, to clarify all the details;
  • the doctor provides recommendations and answers questions.

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