Instituto de Ortopedia Infantil Roosevelt—Bogota, Colombia

Instituto de Ortopedia Infantil Roosevelt
Carrera 4 Este # 17 - 50

Phone: +571 3534000

Spine Center Director:
Dr. Fernando Alvarado

Team members:
Dr. Wilmer Godoy Carrero

Center description:

The Instituto de Ortopedia Infantil Roosevelt is a private non-profit entity that primarily cares for pediatric patients with pathologies related to the musculoskeletal system. It began its operation in 1950 and since then it has been a standard-bearer in the comprehensive care of children with cerebral palsy and neuromuscular diseases, with pathology of the spine being one of its main areas of care. It has stood out for being an institution for the treatment of patients with highly complex spinal pathologies. Its coverage has been extended to other pathologies and this is how today it is one of the most important entities in the care of pediatric patients in the Colombian territory.

He has been awarded the Cruz de Boyacá and the “Colombia free of Polio” diploma for his determined participation in the eradication of polio. Since 2004 the Institute has been certified (ISO 9000/2000), recertified in 2010 (ISO 9000/2008) and accredited in health by ICONTEC in 2011 for its achievements in patient safety, humanization of care and transformation of culture in patient care.

Most frequent pathologies:



268 per year

  • Deformity: 250 per year
  • Infection: 12 per year
  • Trauma: 6 per year
  • Tumor: 0 per year
  • Degenerative: 0 per year


Fellowship types:

Observership, Short-term

Language requirements:

English, Spanish

Vacancies per year:

Observership: 6 per year
Short Term: 4 per year

Fellowship start:

Short Term: Feb, May, Aug, Nov
Observership: Anytime

Special requirements:

Recommendation letter, national identification document, passport, specialization certificate, CV, Foreigner ID, Certificate of affiliation to EPS*, Certificate of anti HBsAg and Varicella, Copy of the current BLS course certificate (2 years), health insurance certificate, Recent Photograph.
*For surgical practice

Program characteristic:


Training specialists in spine surgery of excellent quality, specifically in the area of spinal deformities, according to the needs of the country and the expectations of neighboring countries.


1. Clinical practice
The Roosevelt Institute allows the participation in the different healthcare activities of spine surgery training specialists or certified spine surgery specialists who wish to reinforce their knowledge during their stay at the Institute.

2. Research
The Roosevelt Institute promotes research related to the different pathologies of the spine and specifically those related to spinal deformities. It is part of the training that the Fellow participates during his stay at the Institute in one of the research projects.

3. Academic
We have a permanent academic activity: surgical board, decision board, topic review, magazine club. The Fellow actively participates in all academic activities, which are carried out regularly with the assistance of teachers and residents.

4. Other activities
The development of new techniques in the treatment of spinal deformities is promoted to improve the well-being and quality of life of patients with these pathologies.

5. Evaluation
There is a permanent evaluation of the Fellows. A formal evaluation is carried out with the participation of all teachers once a month, for which there is a previously established format in which some parameters are taken into account, such as participation in different academic and healthcare activities, commitment to their educational process , surgical ability, patient performance, and participation in a research project.


Full-time regime Monday to Friday 06:00 AM to 05:00 PM.
Saturday from 06:00 AM to 08:00 AM