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Hydrocephalus
Peritoneal Ventricle Bypass Valve Placement
Cerebral Aneurysms
Cerebral Meningiomas
Cerebral Gliomas
Ependymomas
Epidural Hematomas
Subdural Hematomas
Intraparenchymal Hematomas
Hematoma Drainage
Craniotomies
Craniectomies
Cervical Discectomies
Cervical Laminoplasty
Cervical Disc Prosthesis
Lumbar Laminectomies
Lumbar Disc Herniation
Lumbar Fixations
Lumbar Narrow Canal
Foraminotomies
Endoscopic Lumbar Discectomies
Tubular Discectomies
Spinal Tumors

Doctor's Profile

“The best surgeon is not the one who operates the most or does it the fastest, but the one who knows when to operate and when there is a better alternative.”

Dr. Jaime Mora has extensive experience as a neurosurgeon. He began his studies with an undergraduate degree in medicine at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Subsequently, he continued at the same university to specialize in surgery. At the end of his studies, he decided to specialize in neurosurgery at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico for 5 more years.

He did his training at the Civil Hospital of Guadalajara “Dr. Juan I. Menchaca” world-renowned for minimally invasive neurosurgery. This training consists of approximately 700 procedures per year, of which about 400 cases correspond to spine surgeries and the rest to brain and skull operations. Likewise, he has approached all types of pathologies, both in adults and children, having the capacity to attend to pediatric patients.

Dr. Mora carried out his training in an extremely specialized center. During his training, he sought to have all the possible tools to be able to provide his patients with a wide range of options. From minimally invasive approaches to endoscopic approaches that require a high level of knowledge. Few neurosurgeons in Guatemala have this training. However, Dr. Jaime Mora is an expert in the field. 

His main intention is to provide patients with the necessary information on all treatment options. That way, they will be able to make an informed decision together.

Patients who come to Dr. Jaime Mora’s clinic are treated for a wide range of spinal pathologies. The most frequent is lumbar pain, which is found in the lower back area, and sciatica, which is a pain that originates in the back reaching the legs due to compression, inflammation, or irritation of the sciatic nerve. As for the cranial area, the doctor treats cerebral aneurysms, which are protrusion or dilation of a blood vessel in the brain due to a rupture or blood loss. He also treats brain tumors, which can be benign or malignant, which are masses or growths of abnormal cells in the brain.

The center uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology for the diagnosis and treatment of different pathologies. Among them are tomography, especially cerebral and contrasted, to locate lesions or vascular malformations, which can be of artery or vein. Tumors can also be detected and an idea of their type and composition can be obtained.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is most often used to diagnose spinal problems. This is used to evaluate lesions of the intervertebral disc. This is the area located between the vertebrae, which holds them together and allows their mobility. Also, ligament injuries, which are the fibrous and resistant cords that join the bones of the joints. Additionally, tumors can be found, both intramedullary and extramedullary. 

They also have a surgical microscope, which is very similar to a robot with 3D visualization. This tool allows a better understanding of the anatomy of the different pathologies that are addressed. For spine surgery, they use fluoroscopy to be able to place screws or prostheses in the right positions. 

Dr. Jaime Mora has vast experience in his specialty abroad, where he has learned from true masters of neurosurgery, dedicated to the operating room with a highly schematic and rigorous system, giving him a precise and reliable methodology for the successful treatment of problems in the spine or brain tissue. 

Professional Affiliations

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Guatemala (COLMEDEGUA). 

Recognition INCOPAS, for their valuable participation in the group study on “National Household Food Security Survey”, 2010.

Academic Affiliations

Chief Resident of Neurosurgery, Hospital Civil de Guadalajara “Dr. Juan I. Menchaca” endorsed by the University of Guadalajara. Guadalajara, Jalisco, México, 2016 – 2021.

President of the thematic axis “Actualidades en el Tratamiento de los gliomas cerebrales” Congreso de los Hospitales Civiles, Guadalajara, México, 2020.

Observership in Spine Deformity, Rush University Medical Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, EE. UU.  2019. 

Elective in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Bogotá, Colombia, 2019. 

VIII Annual Cmojal Course, “Advances in spine surgery. AOSpine”, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2019.

AOSpine Principles Course. Guadalajara, Mexico, 2019.

Observership in Neurosurgery, endorsed by Johns Hopkins “All Children’s Hospital”. Tampa, Florida, EE. UU. 2018.

Regional Course, Minimal Access, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, 2018.

Congress of Civil Hospitals. Guadalajara, Mexico, 2018.

Congress of Pediatric Neurosurgery. Mexico City, Mexico, 2017.

Congress of the Civil Hospitals. Guadalajara, Mexico, 2017.

VII Community Neurosurgery Program. Guadalajara, Mexico, 2017.

XXIV Congress of Neurological Surgeons of Mexico. Cancun, Mexico, 2017.

Congress of the Civil Hospitals. Guadalajara, Mexico, 2016.

Residency in General Surgery, General Hospital San Juan de Dios endorsed by the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, 2011 – 2014. 

MD, 2007 – 2009. 

Baccalaureus Scientiae (BS), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, 2003 – 2006.

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Abstracts Presented at Conferences

Andrade M, Escamilla E, Mora J. Minimally invasive spine surgery for lumbar teratoma resection. Lumbar teratoma. Regional Course, Minimal Access, and Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. 08-2018. (Poster Presentation).

Mora J, Guerrero F. Experience in the surgical management of syndromic and non-syndromic craniosynostosis in the Civil Hospital of Guadalajara “Juan I. Menchaca”. XX Congress of the Western Neurological Surgery Society. Jalisco, Mexico. 07-2018. (Poster Presentation).

Mora J, Guerrero F. Far Lateral Approach in 8 months old patient for management of plexiform neurofibroma in the cervical bulbar region: Case Report. XX Congress of the Western Neurological Surgery Society. Jalisco, Mexico. 07-2018. (Poster Presentation).

Mora J, Almaguer M, Velázquez H. Use of Ultrasound and Endoscopy in Neurosurgery. Congress of Neurological Surgeons of Mexico. 08-2017. (Poster Presentation).

Mora J, Garcia V, Velazquez H. Extramedullary Tumor in Pediatric Patients. Congress of the
Civil Hospitals. Guadalajara, Mexico. 02-2016. (Poster Presentation).

Mora J, Santos H. Colonic Atresia. 41st National Congress of Surgery. 07-2015. (Poster
Poster).

Mora J, Mendez N. Meckel’s Diverticulum as Differential Diagnosis in Appendicitis. 40
National Congress of Surgery. 07-2014. (Póster Presentation).