Dr. Gregorio Delgado Launches New Memoir TRAILS FROM TARAPOTO

This stunning autobiography tells of one man's determination to become a world-class cancer surgeon. Born in the town of Tarapoto, near the Amazon Rainforest, Dr. Gregorio Delgado recalls his childhood days, when small town living was simple and walking was a way of life.

His father became a physician in Barcelona, returning to Peru to care for the needy in the jungle towns and villages, where he became a local legend, and encouraged his son to become a doctor.

Dr. Delgado's intriguing biography focuses on the human side of cancer surgery, based on his personal experiences inside and outside the operating room. "Trails From Tarapoto: A Cancer Surgeon's Story" will interest readers wishing to know more about the expectations and fears of a doctor - "the man behind the mask" - and how he views surgical procedures in the future, as they relate to robotic surgery, and advances in chemo and radiation therapy.

This is not a textbook and is not intended to be a reference in surgical techniques. It does, however, provide insight into patient care, as well as facing the aspects of mortality, which surgeons must face on a daily basis. The author focuses on patients, how they and their loved ones handle the threat of cancer, and the prospect of prolonged, and possibly life-threatening procedures.

"Join this surgeon on the 'Trails From Tarapoto.' He began walking everywhere but fortunately for us and for many cancer patients at Georgetown University School of Medicine, his journey passed this way. Gregorio Delgado embodied every aspect of the Jesuit approach to cura personalis - care of the whole patient - and each patient benefited from that care and approach." - Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA, MACP, FAAP, FACR, dean of medical education, Georgetown Medical School, Washington, D.C.

"'Trails From Tarapoto' traces one man's path from remote South America to leadership in some of the world's most prestigious cancer organizations and academic medical centers. What leaps from the pages is the importance that hard work and integrity played in that climb. Dr. Delgado's life has taught generations of physicians that service to others and developing a realistic but optimistic view of the world is at least as important as meticulous surgical technique and daring research ingenuity. His wisdom is timeless and true across disciplines: both mentors and trainees would be well-served by studying the lessons that he shares." - George Lewandowski M.D., physician in residence, John Carroll University

About the Author: Born in Tarapoto, Peru, on the fringes of the Amazon Rainforest, Gregorio Delgado, MD, never saw a car or made a telephone call until entering high school in Lima. Influenced by his father, whose life as a physician was dedicated to the ailing poor in rural Peru, he also chose a career in medicine and studied at the medical school in Trujillo. He continued his medical training in Buffalo, New York, specializing in female cancer.

Dr. Delgado progressed to teach and practice in some of America's leading medical schools and hospitals. He spent most of his career at Georgetown University Medical school, where he became a professor and head of the female cancer program, as well as associate director of the Lombardi Cancer Center. He was a chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Loyola Medical School in Chicago, and the West Penn Alleghany Health System in Pittsburgh.

The author has also written several scientific publications, including a book, book chapters, and close to 200 articles published in peer review medical journals. For more information, visit:


The compelling new book TRAILS FROM TARAPOTO: A CANCER SURGEON'S STORY (Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-61493-334-2, $26.95; Softcover ISBN: 978-1-61493-340-3, $14.95) is available at or at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other online book sellers.

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