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CARLOS GARCIA-MORAL


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CARLOS GARCIA-MORAL Obituary
August 22, 1936 - January 13, 2017 BUCKEYE, AZ Dr. Carlos Alberto Garcia-Moral, 80, passed away peacefully on January 13th, 2017 in Buckeye, AZ. Dr Garcia-Moral was born in Garre, Province de Buenos Aires, Argentina to Carlos Alfredo Garcia and Maria Asuncion Moral on Aug. 22nd, 1936.After becoming ill with Polio his parents moved him to Buenos Aires, AR to receive medical care and physical therapy. He attended Julio A Rosa Primary School and Domingo F Sarmiento High School in Buenos Aires, AR. As a survivor of Polio Dr Garcia-Moral volunteered in many community activities in his early years which included: Volunteering in Clinical Analysis Laboratory of Charity Clinic at Buenos Aires County Hospital 1956, Volunteer in Vaccine Station at Bosh Hospital Buenos Aires, AR 1956, Volunteer in Muniz Hospital during the Polio Epidemic in the Iron Lung Section Buenos Aires, AR 1957.He attended and graduated from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School on May 22nd, 1961. In 1965 he began an internship and residency at the Johnston Willis Hospital in Richmond, Virginia and the University of Manitoba, Winipeg, Canada in general surgery and orthopedics surgery. In 1969 he received a Fellowship in Children's Orthopaedics at Carrie Tingley Hospital for Crippled Children in Truth or Consequences, NM. As a fellow in 1970 he was named Acting Medical Director. He also Instituted the First Scoliosis Clinic in the State of NM at the Carrie Tingley Hospital in Truth or Consequences, NM 1970.In 1970 he received a Fellowship in Hand Surgery at the University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, Co. In 1971 he received the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship for the Carl Berg Traveling Fellow European Tour from The Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation visiting Orthopaedic Centers in England, Scotland, Switzerland, France, Spain, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway. In 1971 he was certified to practice Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedics Surgery and In 1989 he also received Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand. 1972-1975 he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics in the division of hand surgery at the University of New Mexico and Chief of Orthopaedics, Bernalillo County Medical Center, University of NM. He was Associate Professor and Chief Hand Surgery Service of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Oklahoma. He continued contributing to the academic community as a Clinical Professor at Oklahoma University Health Science Center.Dr G-M how he was affectionally known was a member of 24 professional societies. Some of which were: Argentina Medical Association, South American Society for Surgery of the Hand, American Medical Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Oklahoma State Medical Society, International College of Surgeons, Court-appointed Independent Medical Examiner, Workers' Compensation Court State of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, and a Senior Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.Dr Garcia-Moral had many Committee Memberships. Member of the American Delegation to China from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand 1984, 1985, Medical Director of the Hand Rehabilitation Services of Oklahoma, Baptist Medical Center, AAOS International Committee, and Physicians's Advisory Committee for the Workers Compensation Court of the State of Oklahoma appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma are just a few of the committees he served.Dr Garcia-Moral gave 87 Presentations, Exhibits and Reports, 16 Publications and was a Guest Speaker for over 27 talks of which were given all over the world.In 1979, Dr. Garcia-Moral founded Oklahoma Hand Surgery Center in Oklahoma City, OK a specialty practice focusing on orthopaedic surgery of the hand, and continued his work until his retirement at the age of 71. He was especially noted for his compassion toward his patients and employees, and made a big impact on many people's lives.He was an avid stamp collector all his life, he had won many awards, including several for his exhibitions on "War Stamps of the Falkland Islands" and "Hand on Stamps". His passions also included archeology, with a focus on Pre-Columbian artifacts. He would spend countless hours replicating pottery of that era during his retirement.He also brought his childhood love of soccer with him to the United States, and was instrumental in the introduction of the sport to Edmond, OK and the surrounding communities volunteering as a coach and becoming a state soccer referee, and going on to become President of the Edmond Soccer Club and Team Physician for the Oklahoma Pro Soccer teams.He is survived by: his wife, Susan (McClurg) Garcia-Moral of their home in Buckeye, AZ; his two children: Giselle (Garcia-Moral) Hazen and husband Tom of Edmond, OK; Carlos Garcia-Moral and wife Kim of Heath, TX; Giselle and Carlos' mother Maria Elena (Spirito) Clay of Stillwater, OK; He is also survived by David and Jennifer McClurg of Jones, OK; Etta (McClurg) Marzean of Oklahoma City, OK; Brandi (Manning) and husband Matt McCloud of Kimmerrer, WY; and many grandchildren. He is also survived by cousins: Oscar Moral and his wife Rita, their sons Ivan and Diego of Casbas, AR; Christina Sevillano and husband Rueben and their children of Mar del Plata, AR; He also wanted his beloved pets mentioned; Tango and Chitza.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Dr Carlos A Garcia-Moral to The Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation www.oref.org/support/donate. Condolences may be left at www.surprisefuneralcare.com
Published in The Oklahoman on Feb. 5, 2017
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