The Cuenca has also been the coordinator of the national project ‘Commitment to the Quality of Scientific Societies of Spain’
The Cuenca Javier García Alegría, director of the Internal Medicine Area of the Costa del Sol Hospital of Marbella (Málaga), has been appointed vice president of the Federation of Spanish Scientific Medical Associations (FACME) at the proposal of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI), a national professional association that represents around 8,000 physicians in this specialty.
The appointment took place during the celebration of the general assembly of this federation in which it was also ratified Pilar Garrido as president, after her appointment by the board of directors last November. Dr. García Alegría will occupy the vice-presidency of this entity for two years, after which he will become president.
García Alegría is 65 years old. He has a degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, did his residency in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital of La Paz (Madrid) and is a doctor of Medicine from the University of Cordoba. Since the opening of the Hospital Costa del Sol Marbella, he has been director of the Integrated Internal Medicine Management Area, to which he moved after occupying the position of medical director at the Reina Sofía University Hospital of Córdoba.
He has been president of the SEMI during the years 2002-2012 and coordinator of the project ‘Commitment to the Quality of Scientific Societies in Spain’ of the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality; SEEDS and Aragonese Institute of Health Sciences. In the research section, he has published numerous articles in national and international journals with an impact factor (111 publications in PudMed) and has made more than 330 presentations and communications at national and international conferences.
In the teaching area, García Alegría is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine of the Malaga University (UMA) and professor-collaborator of the Andalusian School of Public Health and of the International University of Andalusia, among other professional merits. He has received several national and international recognitions such as the Honorary Fellowship of the European Federation of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians.
“A GREAT PROFESSIONAL CHALLENGE”
Access to this position, which lasts for two years after becoming president, is, according to the doctor, “a great professional challenge, especially at the present time due to the COVID pandemic in which we are putting the health system of our country to the test and in which the participation of professionals in technical decisions and multi-professional collaboration is more necessary than ever ”.
The Internal Medicine Service of the Costa del Sol Hospital in Marbella, which he directs, is accredited and reaccredited by the Quality Agency of Andalusia (2018). On the other hand, it has received the SEMI-Excellent quality certification from the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine. In 2018 it was chosen as the best Internal Medicine of Spain in the Call ‘Best in Class ”’ convened by Gaceta Médica, publication of the Communication Group Wecare-U, and the * Chair of Innovation and Health Management of the Rey Juan Carlos University.
For its part, the Federation of Spanish Scientific Medical Associations is made up of 46 scientific societies corresponding to recognized medical specialties in Spain and includes some 100,000 medical specialists. FACME carries out the coordination, representation, management, promotion and defense of the general and common interests of the associated scientific societies from the scientific-technical perspective.