Raised in a military family where his father was a Major in the army, Dr. Barceló is the second of seven siblings (five brothers and two sisters). He grew up in the equestrian world where he had the opportunity to represent his national equestrian team in horse jumping events. At the age of 17, he became one of the youngest students admitted to medical school at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and graduated with honors in 1980.
Dr. Barceló’s passion for plastic and reconstructive surgery comes from the influence he received from his mentors: Dr. Jose Guerrerosantos, Dr. Kenneth E. Salyer and Dr. Fernando Ortiz Monasterio. Dr. Guerrerosantos was his original professor, while Drs. Salyer and Ortiz Monasterio are two major surgeons in the world of craniofacial surgery; the latter of whom always encouraged Dr. Barceló to pursue excellence in every aspect.
Dr. Barceló is a family man who has been married to Angie, the love of his life, for 30 years. Together, they have three sons. Raul, 28, is also in the field of medicine, Jonathan, 26, is a writer, and Diego, 21, is in college. Whenever is possible, they enjoy traveling together, playing golf, and practicing outdoors sports. Dr. Barceló is a volunteer for Operation Smile and participates in missions to reconstruct the faces of children around the world. As an advisor for the World Craniofacial Foundation, he is constantly contacted for advice or help, and invited to teach this field of plastic surgery.
Lectures and Education
Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Lecture, Colombia
Due to his expertise, Dr. Barceló was invited to present a lecture on cosmetic surgery techniques at the International Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Lecture Series in Colombia, March 2014.
Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Barceló speaks at a panel on facial cosmetic surgery at the annual congress of the Ibero and Latin American Federation of Plastic Surgery in September 2014.
Dr. Barceló traveled to Guatemala in March 2013 through the World Craniofacial Foundation to be a visiting professor for craniofacial surgery. During his visit, he was recognized by both the Plastic Surgery Association of Guatemala and the Ibero-Latino Americana Plastic Surgery Society for sharing his expertise with them and therefore exponentially helping to increase the quality of life of children around the world!
Volunteering His Services for Orphans.
Dr. Raul Barceló was on the news for volunteering his services to reconstruct a disfigured orphan from Guatemala.
Dr. Raul Barceló operated on 25 cleft lip and palate patients in Chiapas, Mexico on October 20-26, 2013 through an Operation Smile mission that aimed to treat 100 cleft lip/palate cases in a week with a team of 5 surgeons. Dr. Barceló loves going on craniofacial missions whenever his busy schedule allows for it.
Conjoined Egyptian Twins Surgery.
In 2003, Dr. Raul Barceló participated in the groundbreaking surgery to separate the conjoined Egyptian twins, Mohamed and Ahmed, in what has been called one of the most extraordinary cases in craniofacial surgery of all time. Dr. Barceló and his team are featured in this Discovery Channel special, which documents the planning, surgery and rehabilitation of the twins, which were flown to Dallas in 2003, thanks to the World Craniofacial Foundation. The operation lasted 34 hours and had less than a 10 percent survival rate. The twins’ operation was successful and their quality of life has improved dramatically.