Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez is a well-respected pulmonary and intensive care specialist known throughout Guatemala for diagnosing and treating complex lung and circulation problems. With specialized training in various fields such as sleep studies, the effects of tobacco smoke, and single-photon emission CT imaging (SPECT), Dr. Rodriguez has established himself as a valuable medical associate, working side-by-side with the best providers in the region.
How do you describe a good doctor? Someone who gives you the right medicine to relive the pain? Someone who considers all your symptoms to determine your illness? How about if that doctor saved your life by recognizing the obscure unexpected indications that would lead him to locating a clot (deep vein thrombosis) that was destined to cause a pulmonary embolism? By achieving results while other doctors are still guessing, Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez can justifiably be described as a great doctor.
Many diseases cause similar symptoms in patients, requiring doctors to carefully analyze all the clues, like an astute detective making logical deductions that can result in a dangerous situation becoming much more manageable. For example, pulmonary hypertension is a form of high blood pressure which blocks blood flow in the lungs, and can be difficult to diagnose. Shortness of breath, dizziness and swollen ankles could signify many common afflictions. However, when disorders of the heart, blood, liver or connective tissue are involved, and heart failure is possible, it’s time to call in the expert.
Dr. Rodriguez says, “I take samples, talk to everyone involved, listen carefully, and work on the evidence. Patients expect us to treat the pain, but I want to treat the cause of that pain.”
Dr. Rodriguez also conducts sleep studies. Breathing and sleeping are activities we all take for granted, without a thought, every day of our lives. Many patients are astounded to learn that they don’t breathe normally at night, simply not inhaling, dozens of times before waking up. Symptoms include frequent cough, throat or sinus infections, and feeling tired all day. Unhealthy sleeping patterns could be caused by chronic sleep apnea, and possibly lead to stroke or heart attack as the brain does not get enough oxygen during sleep.
If you suffer from various interrelated health problems, Dr. Rodriguez is the “quarterback” you want to have on your team. With one central director analyzing the diagnostics, collaborating with colleagues, and guiding your choices, you can be assured of the best possible results. At the end of the day, with a clear plan for success, and careful oversight, Dr. Rodriguez can tell you what every patient wants to hear, “Everything is going to be alright.”
Enfermedades Pulmonares, Alergia e Inmunología. Clinic for Lung, Allergy and Immunology Treatment.
- Director, Practica Privada, de 1988 hasta la fecha. Private Practice, 1988 to Present
Universidad de Francisco Marroquin, Facultad de Medicina, Guatemala. UFM Medical School
- Profesor de Enfermedades Pulmonares, 1990 a la fecha. Professor of Pulmonary Disease, 1990 to present.
Asociacion de Medicos Especialistas de Guatemala – AMEDESGUA, Guatemala
- Reconocimiento por excelente trabajo, organizador de la Semana Cientifica, 2015. Award of Recognition for excelelnt work as an organizer of Scientific Week, sponsored by the hospital, Sept 2015
- Jefe de Cuidados Intensos 2001-2006. Chief of Intensive Care, 2001-2006
Sanitario Nuestra Señora del Pilar, Guatemala. Hospital El Pilar
- Jefe de Cuidados Intensos, 2000-2007. Chief Intensive Care, 2000-2007
- Consultante, 2002 hasta la fecha, Consultant, 2002 to present.
Universidad de Francisco Marroquin – UFM, Facultad de Medicina, Guatemala
- Profesor del Centro de Cardiología. Professor, Medical School Cardiology Center
American Board of Internal Medicine
- Certified to have special qualifications, 1991. Certificado, 1991
- Certified Diplomate in the Subspecialty of Pulmonary Disease, 1986
- Certified in the Spcialty of Internal Medicine, 1984
Baptist Hospital, Miami, Florida, USA
- Physician Affiliate. Medico Afiliado
Sociedades Guatemaltecas de Medicina Interna. Guatemalan Societies of Internal Medicine, Critical Care, Chest, and Allergy-Immunology.
American College of Chest Physicians
America College of Physicians
Roosevelt Hospital, Guatemala
- Jefe de Cuidados Intensos, Chief of the Intensive Care Unit 1989-1992
San Juan de Dios Hospital
- Numologo, Cuidados Intensos, 1988-1989. Pneumologist, Intensive Care Dept.1988-1989
Society of Critical Care Medicine
Colegio de Medicos y Cirujanos de Guatemala. Guatemana College of Physicians
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA
- Clinical Instrutor in Medicine, 1983-1987.
- Fellowship in Allergy and Imunology, 1986-87. Board Certification, 1987.
- Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care, 1984-1986. Board Certification, 1986.
- Residency – Internal Medicine, 1981-1984. Board Certification, 1984.
Hospital General San Juan de Dios, Guatemala
- Clinical Instructor in Medicine, 1980
- Residente en Medicina Interna, 1978-1980
University of San Carlos – USAC, Facultad de Medicina, Guatemala
- Titulo de Medico, 1978 Medical Degree, 1978.
Balanya Medical Sciences Academy
Come back soon to read articles by or about the Doctor.
Hypersensitivity and Pneumosis
- by Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Published by the Journal of Respiratory Diseases
Diabetes and Pregnancy
- by Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Thesis for doctorate degree, 1978
Unidad de filtro de Greenfield en Enfermidad Tromboembolica Venosa
- Publicado por la Revista Guatemala, 1996
Sindrome Respiratorio Agudo Severo
- por Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez, publicado por la Revista del Colegio de Medicos and Cirujanos.
Resistencia Primeria a Farmacos en la Tuberculosis y Comparacion de Pacientes…. 1998
- Revista de RECCAVIR, 2002
Consenso Latinoamericano Sobre el Asma de Dificil Control
- by Dr. Rodriguez, published in Drugs of Today, 2006
Come back soon to read about the latest treatment methods that this doctor finds most interesting.
Please write to us about your experience with the doctor in the “Comments” section below. Other patients will be interested to know more about the doctor’s skill, experience, ethics and personal attention, as they resulted in your successful outcome.
Thank you so much for sending me to Dr. Rodriguez. The medications he prescribed are working. I had a few days of queasiness, but it seems to be smoothing out. It is so wonderful to breathe through my nose again and to get deep breaths in my lungs.
Belita, Panajachel, 2018
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Charity, Public Service, Donations
Public service and caring for the less fortunate is a way of life in the Latin American culture.
The League of Pulmonary Care, or Liga de Pulmones, is a non-profit private charity organization in central Guatemala City that is devoted to making high-quality, low-cost treatments for respiratory illnesses available to all Guatemalans. Dr. Juan Manuel Rodriguez donates his time to the education and prevention of lung diseases, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis and by helping other patients to quit smoking. The pneumology team of a dozen lung specialists perform diagnostic testing for lung function and sleep studies that might be out of reach for patients with limited resources.
Patient Success Stories
Every patient has different circumstances and expectations. We will tell you about an interesting and unusual case that the doctor was able to turn around with unexpectedly outstanding results.
The patient was an active 30-year old man who exercised regularly. He stopped riding his bicycle because of leg pain. He also suffered from shortness of breath, so he received treatment for asthma. Dr. Rodriguez suspected a pulmonary embolism and ordered a nuclear imaging test, SPECT. Together with the results of CT angiography, he was able to diagnose chronic pulmonary emboli.
Thrombosis normally starts with leg or back pain, and is usually misdiagnosed, even by vascular surgeons. A blood clot in the lung or legs is misdiagnosed in four out of five patients, as it is not always found with an echocardiogram or an EKG.