1938-1950

Immediately after graduating from Medical School, he moves to the main leprosarium of Venezuela, Cabo Blanco, located in the city of La Guaira. There begins his studies on Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease. He documents detailed descriptions of the epidemiology, development of the disease and lesions of patients confined in the leprosarium. Living in Cabo Blanco for more than 10 years, gives him the advantage to learn all aspects of the disease, especially the social and human components. His main goal is to find an effective drug and eliminate the compulsory isolation of leprosy patients who are suffering and stigmatized. This marks the beginning of a long journey in the fight against Leprosy.
During his stay in Cabo Blanco, observes that in some cases there is a misdiagnosis of leprosy, and detects that many of the patients actually have leishmaniasis. This is a disease caused by parasites of the Leishmania genus, and the clinical forms known as cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis (MCL), also develop skin ulcers and ulcers of the mouth and nose, respectively. These findings lead him to initiate studies on this disease.