Octacílio Figueirêdo Netto, MD , PhD Bernardo Tavera, MsC

Dr. Octacílio Figueirêdo Netto graduated at the Universidade Estadual de Londrina/Brazil and concluded his residency training at the prestigious Santa Casa de São Paulo, where he also obtained his Phd in Gynecologic Surgery.

After residency he performed his postgraduate studies at the Hammersmith Hospital in London/England and Hôpital Antoine-Beclérè in Paris/France.

He was a fellow of Vaginal and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery under supervision of world-reknowned S. Robert Kovac, Emeritus Professor of Gynecologic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta/USA. He also expanded his knowledge and improved his surgical technique under tutelage of Drs. Marco Pelosi in New Jersey/USA and Giambatista Massi in Florence/Italy.

Dr. Octacílio and his late father are considered one of the pioneers and main proponents of Vaginal Surgery in Latin America, particularly regarding vaginal hysterectomy in the absence of prolapse and modern surgical techniques for treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. After passing of his father Octacílio Senior in 2011, a surgeon widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the subject in Brazil, Dr. Octacílio Netto has kept his legacy by continuing to stage the Advanced Vaginal Surgery Courses in Londrina/Brazil, in its 32nd edition as of this writing( ), where more than 3000 doctors from all corners of Brazil and Latin America have come to learn and improve their skills.

Dr. Octacílio Figueirêdo Netto is Adjunct Professor of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Londrina State University since 1995. He has lectured extensively in Brazil and abroad, and is the author of numerous scientific papers, book translations, books chapters, as well as two books and DVDs which are references in Brazil - Histerectomia Vaginal and Atlas de Cirurgia do Assoalho Pélvico. More recently, he has partnered with Medscience Animations Studios to launch the innovative tablet application New Frontiers of Visualization for Learning Vaginal Hysterectomy, a cutting-edge technological tool for further teaching and dissemination of the art and science of Vaginal Surgery worldwide.

Bernardo Tavera is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Medscience Animations Studios, Inc. Before founding his Company he was for 10 years the Vice President of the American Company Marina Medical Instruments, Inc. a company dedicated to the design and sales of a very specialized surgical instruments for OBGYN and Plastic Surgery. He was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vision Technology Group a company dedicated to Teleradiology , he designed the Telemedicine's platform named " Disperse Reading " with a record of more than 250,000 cases/year considered as one of the most successful Telemedicine Projects in the World(1).

He designed the new integration platform called DynSA™ ( Dynamic Surgical Animation ) essential tool for this application.

Bernardo Tavera has led the worldwide market introduction of specialized products  in the area of surgical instrumentation for gynecology actively engaged primarily in the areas of design and promotion of instruments such as Kovac hysterectomy forceps, Zimmerman-Yagi vaginal dissection scissors , Mayo-Noble vaginal dissecting scissors, Pelosi vaginal retractors and Veronikis vaginal retractors among others. Tavera has actively participated in conferences in over 30 countries helping to spread the technique of vaginal hysterectomy.

Tavera's formal education includes degrees in Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the prestigious Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota - Colombia.

He is living in the sunshine state of Florida, USA with his wife Ana and his two sons Juan and Thomas , in his spare time he is reading about his hobbies physics and art, he tries to play some tennis.






(1) Segundo Simposio Mundial de Telemedicina para los Paises en Desarrollo - Buenos Aires (Argentina), 7-11 June 1999

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