It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr Arturo Moreno-Ramirez.
He was a prominent and much-loved leader in pediatric oncology in Latin America. His passing causes a great loss in the fight for cancer control and the support he provided to colleagues and families in the region.
Arturo served as President of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Oncology (SLAOP) and then as SIOP Continental President. He was also President of the Asociacion Mexicana de Hemato- Oncologia Pediatrica (AMHOP) and founding member of the Consorcio Latino Americano para Enfermedades Hemato-Oncologias Pediatrica (CLEHOP) among many other prominent positions.
He was born in Puebla, Mexico in 1953, where he graduated as a medical doctor in 1981. He specialized in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Hospital Infantil de Mexico and devoted his career to improving the survival of children with cancer from his city, Puebla to the whole continent. He was the head of the onco-hematology department at the Río Blanco Regional Hospital, Veracruz.
Arturo had a wide and holistic view of the problems faced by children with cancer in the region, such as late diagnosis, malnutrition and compliance to treatment. He was a dedicated and beloved teacher and mentored many colleagues not only in his specialty but also in medical school and general pediatrics and importantly, patients’ families and the public in general. Acute leukaemias and Hodgkin’s lymphoma were his areas of greatest interest and contribution.
From his position, he was convinced of the necessity of treatment groups in Latin America to work together and so, he always acted as a team player with enormous generosity of his time and knowledge. He served at his many positions in different societies with high effectiveness, being a great administrator and a contagious and kind leader. Arturo was an essential person in the pediatric oncology field in Latin America and globally. He contributed greatly through his dedication, knowledge and skills in advocacy to the advancement of the WHO global initiative for childhood cancer. He led the global mapping project in SIOP Latin America region and was instrumental in cementing the link between SLAOP and SIOP.
He will be missed by everybody who knew him and enjoyed his wisdom, generosity, care and sense of humour. He is survived by his wife Edith, his daughters Edith, Rosalia and Paola, and grandchildren Ricardo, Arturo, Gael and Greta.
He will be deeply missed.
Prof Kathy Pritchard-Jones on behalf of the SIOP Board of Directors