I first met Dr. Marcelo Vera in 1997 when
he was treating several burn victims I was representing
following the 1996 Millon Air crash in Manta. Over the
past ten years Marcelo and I have become close friends,
and I have observed him perform at least thirty
surgeries and have met at least three hundred of his
patients in his office. In short, his work is
Marcelo spends much time with his
patients before surgery, and is extremely compassionate.
He is also a natural artist--in fact, one of his
hobbies is painting and he is very good at that, as
well. In the surgical suite he is confident, gentle and
careful. He always takes extra precautions to make sure
there is no unnecessary bleeding before he closes. I am
always amazed that his rhinoplasty patients--unlike
those in the United States--wake up from surgery with no
bruising or discoloration. His nurse and
anesthesiologist are also highly experienced, and he has
a beautiful clinic with state-of-the art
instrumentation. His patients always look beautiful and
natural, and frankly, better than what I typically see
in the U.S.
While Marcelo grew up in Manta, Ecuador,
he received a grant to do his plastic surgery residency
in Paris, where he learned French while perfoming his
residency (He is also fluent in English, Italian and, of
course, Spanish). His office often looks like a United
Nations gathering; I have seen at one time in his
waiting room patients from Germany, Canada, and the
United States, and I know firsthand of many United
States patients who have brought their friends and
family to Ecuador to have Marcelo perform their plastic
I would not hesitate to have Marcelo
perform plastic surgery on me, and I have referred
several friends to him, all of whom have been delighted
with their results. I would be happy to discuss Marcelo
or Manta, Ecuador with anyone interested.
Steven M. Meyers, Esq.
Meyers, Stanley, and Waters
Through a good friend and as a part of
the bountiful good fortune I've enjoyed in my life I met
Marcelo Vera Mogro several years ago. I enjoy both
thinking about and telling the story.
My friend, Steve, wanted me to meet an
unusual, superb human being so we traveled from Orlando,
Florida to Manta, Ecuador with that specific mission in
mind. Marcelo met us at the airport in Guayaquil and we
drove north to Manta through ever interesting, verdant
countryside and small towns with streets teeming with
people instead of cars. Marcello and Steve treated me to
laughter, good humor, and their evident mutual respect
for more than an hour.
While driving through Portoviejo in heavy
trafic, we were hailed by a man riding a yellow scooter.
He happily held up the traffic flow while he tore open
his shirt to show his magnificent scar to Marcelo and to
thank him for the surgery. He promised to pay later. The
story unfolds from there.
After numerous reflections about that
wonderful first day and our times together since, I've
discovered why I admire Marcelo so much. As a general
surgeon and plastic surgeon he gave pro bono care to the
burned and mangled poor people that Steve defended
legally when an American plane carrying roses spewed hot
jet fuel, aluminum shards, and jet engines over them
late one night. I've been with him when he examines
patients and I know his expertise and sensitivity to
their place in life and their surgical needs. His
Sundays with family and friends and his behavior at a
party for young women showed me the breadth and depth of
his social integration with every person in his life.
When Steve and I were marooned in Manta on 9/11, Marcelo
transformed that historical marker into a special
experience for me. My upper eyelids now reflect my
mental rather than chronological age. He organized and
performed the surgery the morning after 9/11 and
afterward all of his surgical team, Marcelo, Steve, and
I spent the entire afternoon at a delightful seaside
restaurant eating, drinking beer, and enjoying each
other. I hope these anecdotes show you, the reader,
Marcelo's magnificence. He a master plastic surgeon; a
delight; a master human being showing by example how to
live a large life; and one of my most admired exemplars
of human excellence.
Charles R. Stark, M.D., M.P.H., Dr. P.H.
Cognitive Neuro Sciences
5201 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa FL 33609
Calle 17 entre Ave. 30 y
0993879822 y 0994403676