The international press is full of research achievements and pioneering techniques developed in Barcelona. For example, Spain makes the headlines every year as leader for the number of organ transplants performed and success rates: 35.3 donors per million population and more than 4,200 transplants in 2011. The Organización Nacional de Trasplantes (ONT) [Spanish Transplant Organisation] is regarded as a model all over the world and is currently advising other countries like Germany and France in the reorganisation of their systems.
The world's top experts in the fields of foetal medicine, complex paediatric surgery, NOTES minimally invasive surgery (natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery), Oncology, Transplants, etc. work in Barcelona. Doctors Eduard Gratacós, Jose María Caffarena, Antonio de Lacy, Ramón Cugat, Juan Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas and Humberto Villavicencio are just a few of the world authorities in these disciplines who practice in Barcelona.
Dr José Baselga, world leader in research into new cancer treatments and medical director at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York also heads the Baselga Cancer Institute at Barcelona's Hospital Quiron.
A number of Barcelona research centres rank among the world’s top in innovation and medical breakthroughs, particularly in the areas of oncology, regenerative medicine and genetics.