10th Neurology Mission 2018

What Happened during the mission

We evaluated a total of 233 patients with neurological complaints. Most of the patients were from urban and rural areas of the Napo Province. A total of 43 EEGs were performed. Medications are available continuously free of charge in the local hospital pharmacy. This year marked the 10th Anniversary in which 2,528 visits have been completed and 464 Electroencephalograms performed with the help of more than 500 volunteers.

Special recognition to the following volunteers for the years of service

8 Years

  1. Yaira Espinosa, St. Joan of Arc School, Boca Raton,FL
  2. Dr.Nestor Arias, Tena-Ecuador
  3. Dra. Maria Ines Fernandez, Tena-Ecuador

7 Years

  1. Viviana Briones, Tena-Ecuador
  2. Dr.Nestor Arias, Tena-Ecuador

6 Years

  1. Kevin Shapiro, MD,MPH, University of California, San Francisco
  2. Dr. Esteban Ortiz, MD, MSc, Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Quito-Ecuador

5 Years

  1. Dra. Elisa Jacome, Quito-Ecuador

4 Years

  1. Alex R. Paciorkowski, MD, FACMG, University of Rochester , Rochester, NY
  2. Sarah Barnard, NYU Langone Medical Center, Epilepsy Center, New York, NY

3 Years

  1. Miguel Castaniel, Interpreter, Tena-Ecuador 

2 Years

  1. Maria Amelia Calderon, General Practitioner, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito-Ecuador 
  2. Nicolas Andrade, Pre-Med Student, Webster University, St Louis, MS

Team of Volunteers

  • Patricio Sebastian Espinosa, MD, MPH, Marcus Neuroscience Institute, Boca Raton, FL
  • Kevin Shapiro, MD,MPH, University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr. Esteban Ortiz, MD, MSc, Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Quito-Ecuador
  • Alex R. Paciorkowski, MD, FACMG, University of Rochester , Rochester, NY
  • Melissa Tsuboyama, MD, Fellow in Neurophisiology/Epilepsy, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Maria Amelia Calderon, General Practitioner, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito-Ecuador 
  • Sarah Barnard, NYU Langone Medical Center, Epilepsy Center, New York, NY
  • Yaira Garzon, MD,MSHS, CCRC, ECommunity Research. Boca Raton, FL
  • Dr. Nestor Arias, Tena-Ecuador


  • Yaira Espinosa, St. Joan of Arc School, Boca Raton,FL
  • Nicolas Andrade, Pre-Med Student, Webster University, St Louis, MS
  • Meredith King, EEG Tech, Boca Raton, Regional Hospital, BOca Raton, FL
  • Dr. Luis Rueda, General Practitioner, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito-Ecuador 
  • Dra. Maria Ines Fernandez, Tena-Ecuador
  • Miguel Castaniel, Interpreter, Tena-Ecuador 
  • Dra. Erika Barahona, Pediatria,Tena-Ecuador 
  • Dr. Daniel Arias, Tena-Ecuador
  • Dra. Gabriela Arteaga, Directora Adminstrativa Hospital Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra
  • Dra. Fernanda Landazuri, Directora Hospital Jose Maria Velasco Ibarra
  • Hospital Nurses, Tena-Ecuador