Dr. Rodrigo Natalio Banegas, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon and Associate Professor in Orthopedics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, brings a wealth of international experience and expertise to the field of orthopedic surgery. Born in Rosario, Argentina, Dr. Banegas has seamlessly blended his South American roots with his American citizenship, becoming a valuable contributor to the medical community.
Dr. Banegas embarked on his academic journey at the National Technological University in Rosario, Argentina, where he completed his undergraduate studies before earning his medical degree from the National University of Rosario Medical School. His commitment to medical excellence led him to internships at distinguished institutions, including the Centenary Provincial Hospital and the North Zone Children's Hospital.
Throughout his career, Dr. Banegas has demonstrated a dedication to advancing his skills and knowledge. He completed a residency in orthopedics at the Emergency Hospital Dr. Clemente Alvarez, where he later served as Chief Resident. His pursuit of excellence extended to specialized rotations in children's orthopedic surgery at the Pediatric Hospital Juan P. Garrahan in Buenos Aires.
Dr. Banegas continued to enhance his expertise through various fellowships and post-graduate education programs, including a Hand Surgery scholarship at the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Kentucky. He later served as a Senior Fellow and completed additional training in hand, upper extremity, and microsurgery in Argentina and the United States.
With a strong commitment to education, Dr. Banegas has held academic positions at institutions such as Florida Atlantic University and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he currently serves as an Associate Professor in Orthopedics. His dedication to teaching extends beyond the university setting, as he has contributed as a faculty member for AO Trauma North America and served as a Clinical Instructor in Hand Surgery at the University of Louisville.
Dr. Banegas has garnered recognition for his outstanding contributions, earning the title of Mentor of the Year at Denver Health and the prestigious Town Council Award in Argentina for his participation in the hand transplantation program. His leadership extends to memberships in various medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
In addition to his clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. Banegas actively engages in community service, directing the Latin Health Fair and contributing to initiatives such as the Peripheral Nerve Institute at Denver Health. His commitment to community well-being extends to international mission work, including surgeries for the underserved native population in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Dr. Banegas is a prolific author with numerous publications and scientific presentations, reflecting his commitment to advancing the field of orthopedic surgery. His contributions to medical literature include research on peripheral nerve regeneration, forearm shortening impact on pronation and supination, and various aspects of hand surgery.
As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with licenses in Florida and Colorado, Dr. Banegas continues to make significant contributions to the medical community, combining his clinical expertise, dedication to education, and passion for community service to create a lasting impact in the field of orthopedic surgery.