The Plenary of the Senate of the Republic approved the delivery of the Belisario Domínguez Medal “post mortem” to the eminent physician, Dr. Manuel Velasco Suárez.
Through an agreement of the Political Coordination Board, the Senate voted in favor of the candidacy of the scientist from San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, being included this year along with that of the current Senator, Ifigenia Martínez.
Dr. Velasco Suárez was a pioneer in Mexico in the study of neurology and the practice of neurosurgery, thus cementing, for the first time in the country, care for brain diseases, and creating and organizing the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery that it bears his name.
Likewise, he dedicated his efforts as a promoter of pacifism by founding and leading the Association of Mexican Doctors for the Prevention of Nuclear War and being one of the founders of the World Federation of Doctors against weapons of extermination, a collective effort for which he was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.
He was an active promoter of academia and research in which he taught for more than 50 years at the Faculty of Medicine of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, in which he was distinguished with the Medal of Academic Merit in 1989 and named Emeritus Professor of the Maximum House of Studies of the country.
In addition to his specialty in the field of neurosciences, Dr. Manuel Velasco Suárez also studied social anthropology, sociology, traumatology, hygiene, and legal medicine.
In this sense, he is considered the Father of Bioethics in Mexico, being one of the creators of the National Bioethics Commission in 1992, he organized the First International Congress of Bioethics in Mexico with more than 3000 participants from 43 countries that later gave the guideline to the foundation of the National Academy of Bioethics AC, as well as the creation of the Charter of General Rights of Patients and being an active promoter of this science in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Italy, Japan and the United States.
Dr. Velasco Suárez was Governor of Chiapas in the period 1970-1976 where he prioritized a broad educational work such as the creation and founding of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (UNACH), the regional institutes of Tuxtla and Tapachula and 50 agricultural technology schools.
As State President, he was a promoter and promoter of indigenism in Mexico together with the Bishop of San Cristóbal de las Casas, Samuel Ruiz, with whom he organized and held the First Indigenous Congress “Fray Bartolomé de las Casas” in 1974, considered a precursor of the national indigenous movement .
In the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Republic, he served as General Director of Neurology, Mental Health and Rehabilitation, a management in which he conceived and founded 7 regional hospitals to provide treatment to patients with mental and brain diseases.
Dr. Manuel Velasco Suárez died on December 2, 2001 and is currently considered an Apostle of medicine, peacemaker and defender of life through his scientific and humanistic activity and a broad service record in favor of the sick and the unprotected.