Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Poves received his medical degree from the University of Navarra, Pamplona, and completed surgical residency at the Hospital de Bellvitge of Barcelona, including a grant for research. fotocv3He obtained his degree of doctor (University of Barcelona) for his studies in the treatment of acute pancreatitis. He continued his training of Laparoscopic Digestive Surgery and Obesity Surgery at Centro Laparoscópico de Barcelona in Barcelona, and further specialized in Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery at Hospital del Mar, Barcelona, and in Laparoscopic Oncological Digestive Surgery attending in the renowned center Institut Mutualiste Montsouris in Paris, France. He also obtained the Universitary Diploma (University of Paris Sud XI) of Onco-Surgical Strategies in Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Tumors, Hospital Paul Brousse, París. He is currently staff surgeon in the Service of General and Digestive Surgery at Hospital del Mar in Barcelona and develops his private practice in the prestigious CM Teknon in Barcelona. Dr. Poves’ practice focuses in complex gastrointestinal surgery and digestive laparoscopic surgery, with special expertise in digestive tumors (hepatic, biliary, pancreatic, gastric, colonic, rectal, spleen, adrenal and retroperitoneal tumors) and also laparoscopic surgery of morbid obesity and abdominal wall hernias (groin, incisional). His research parallels these clinical interests, with a focus on expanding the laparoscopic approach in the oncologic and obesity surgery.

Medical and Scientific Societies

  • European Association for Endoscopic Surgery (EAES).
  • Societat Catalana de Cirurgia (SCC).
  • Asociación Española de Cirujanos (AEC).
  • Sociedad Española de Cirugía de la Obesidad (SECO).
  • Asociación Española de Gastroenterología (AEG).
  • Acadèmia de Cièncias Mèdiques de Catalunya i Balears (ACMCB).
  • Claustro de Doctores de la Universitat de Barcelona.



  • “El ABC en Cirugía de la Obesidad”. Ed. Centro Laparoscópico de Barcelona 2005.
  • “Guía Clínica de la Asociación Española de Cirujanos. Cirugía Laparoscópica.” Ediciones Aran 2003. Capítulos: Vagotomía por laparoscopia y Gastrectomía por laparoscopia.
  • “Laparoscopic Adhesiolysis”. Laparoscopic ventral hernia repair. Ediciones Springer 2002.
  • “Reservorios entéricos en el tratamiento quirúrgico de la colitis ulcerosa”. Actualización en enfermedad inflamatoria intestinal crónica. Ediciones Arán 1999.
  • “Complicaciones de los estomas digestivos”. Estomas. Valoración, tratamiento y seguimiento. Ediciones Doyma 1999

Scientific Journals

  • Radical laparoscopic treatment for liver hidatidosis. Ramia JM, Poves I, Castellón C, Díez-Valladares L, Loinar C, Serrablo A, Suárez MA. World J Surg. 20123 Jul 10. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Radiofrequency is a secure and effective method for pancreatic transection in laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy: results of a randomized, controlled trial in an experimental model. Dorcaratto D, Burdío F, Fondevila D, Andaluz A, Quesada R, Poves I, Caceres M, Mayol X, Berjano E, Grande L. Surg Endosc. 2013 Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Pancreas-preserving duodenal-jejunal resection due to complicated intestinal amyloidosis. Poves I, Prieto Butillé R, Membrilla E, Iglesias M, Andreu M, Grande L. Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Apr; 36 (4):268-70.
  • CT mapping of saline distribution after infusion of saline into the liver in an ex vivo animal model. How much tissue is actually infused in an image-guided procedure? Burdío F, Berjano E, Millan O, Grande L, Poves I, Silva C, de la Fuente MD, Mojal S. Phys Med. 2013 Mar; 29(2):188-95.
  • Results of the laparoscopic approach in left-sided pancreatectomy. Poves I, Burdío F, Dorcaratto D, Grande L. Cir Esp. 2013 Jan; 91(1):25-30.
  • Retroperitoneal inflammatory pseudotumor presenting as a pancreatic mass. Poves I, Alonso S, Jimeno M, Bessa X, Burdío F, Grande L. JOP 2012 May 10;13(3):308-11.
  • Laparoscopic resection of liver hydatid disease with multiple peritoneal dissemination. Silva C, Poves I, Millar C, Burdío F, Grande L. Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2012 May; 35(5):368-9.
  • Laparoscopic distal pancreatectomy: feasibility study of radiofrequency-assisted transection in a porcine model. Dorcaratto D, Burdío F, Fondevila D, Andaluz A, Poves I, Martinez MA, Quesada R, Berjano E, Grande L. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2012 Apr; 22(3):242-8.
  • Distant infusion of saline may enlarge coagulation volume during radiofrequency ablation of liver tissue using cool-tip electrodes without impairing predictability. Burdío F, Tobajas P, Quesada-Diez R, Berjano E, Navarro A, Poves I, Grande L. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Jun;196(6):W837-43.
  • Totally laparoscopic right hepatectomy with hilar dissection. Poves I, Martínez-Serrano MD, Burdío F, Coll S, Grande L. Cir Esp. 2012 Apr; 90(4):261-2.
  • Sutureless hepatic transection using a new radiofrequency assisted device. Theoretical model, experimental study and clinic trial. Martínez-Serrano MÁ, Grande L, Burdío F, Berjano E, Poves I, Quesada R. Cir Esp. 2011 Mar;89(3):145-51.
  • Laparoscopic pancreas-sparing subtotal duodenectomy. Poves I, Burdio F, Alonso S, Seoane A, Grande L. JOP 2011 Jan 5;12(1):62-5.
  • A new single-instrument technique for parenchyma division and hemostasis in liver resection: a clinical feasibility study. Burdío F, Grande L, Berjano E, Martinez-Serrano M, Poves I, Burdío JM, Navarro A, Güemes A. Am J Surg 2010 Sep 22.
  • Primary epiploic appendicitis: a cause of non-surgical acute abdomen. Martínez-Serrano MA, Poves I, Dorcaratto D, Burdío F, Grande L. Cir Esp 2010 Jun 11.
  • Laparoscopic radical antegrade modular pancreatosplenectomy. Poves I, Burdío F, Membrilla E, Alonso S, Grande L. Cir Esp. 2010 Jul;88(1):51-3.
  • Resection of the uncinate process of the pancreas due to a ganglioneuroma. Poves I, Burdío F, Iglesias M, Martínez-Serrano MA, Aguilar G, Grande L. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Sep 14;15 (34):4334-8.
  • Research and development of a new RF-assisted device for bloodless rapid transection of the liver: computational modeling and in vivo experiments. Burdío F, Berjano EJ, Navarro A, Burdío JM, Grande L, Gonzalez A, Cruz I, Güemes A, Sousa R, Subirá J, Castiella T, Poves I, Lequerica JL. Biomed Eng Online. 2009 Mar 18;8:6.
  • A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ciprofloxacin prophylaxis in patients with acute necrotizing pancreatitis. García-Barrasa A, Borobia FG, Pallares R, Jorba R, Poves I, Busquets J, Fabregat J.J Gastrointest Surg. 2009 Apr;13(4):768-74. [Epub 2008 Dec 11]
  • Influence of approach on outcome in radiofrequency ablation of liver tumors. Burdío F, Mulier S, Navarro A, Figueras J, Berjano E, Poves I, Grande L. Surgical Oncology 2008; 17 (4): 295-299.
  • Giant retroperitoneal sarcoma. Morandeira A, Prieto J, Poves I, Sánchez-Cano JJ, Díaz C, Baeta E. Canadian Journal of Surgery 2008; 51 (4): 79-80.
  • Gastrointestinal quality of life following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric by-pass. Poves I, Cabrera M, Maristany C, Coma A, Ballesta-López C. Obesity Surgery 2006 Jan; 16 (1): 19 – 23.
  • Quality of life in morbid obesity. Poves I, Macías G, Cabrera M, Situ L, Ballesta C. Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas 2005 Mar; 97 (3): 187-195.
  • Un caso de rotura subcapsular del bazo en el parto. Coloma E, Verdú N, Vergés A, Pérez-Ares C, Poves I, Llauradó C, Català J, Hernández D. Progresos en Obstetricia y Ginecologia 2005; 48 (8): 409-13.
  • Learning curve for laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with totally hand-sewn anastomosis Analysis of first 600 consecutive patients. Ballesta C, Poves I, Cabrera M, Almeida A, Macías G. Surgical Endoscopy 2005 Apr; 19 (4): 519-24.
  • Early onset of organ failure is the best predictor of mortality in acute pancreatitis. Poves I, Fabregat J, García Borobia F, Jorba R, Figueras J, Jaurrieta E. Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas 2004 Oct; 96 (10): 705-713.
  • Apendagitis aguda primaria. Poves I, Català J, Miquel S, Pernas JC, Ballesta C. Revista Clínica Española 2004 Jan; 2004 (1): 45-6.
  • Laparoscopic procedures in patients who have previously undergone laparotomic operations. Ballesta Lopez C, Ruggiero R, Poves I, Bettonica C, Procaccini E, Corsale I, Mandato M, De Luca L. Minerva Chir 2003 Feb; 58 (1): 53-6.
  • Laparoscopic surgery in the elderly patient. Ballesta Lopez C, Cid J, Poves I, Bettonica C, Villegas, Memon MA. Surgical Endoscopy  2003 Feb; 17 (2): 333-7
  • Emergency laparoscopic treatment for acute massive bleeding of an esophageal ulcer. Ballesta Lopez C, Poves I, Bettonica C, Fuertes F, Espinos JC. Surgical Endoscopy 2003 Jan; 17 (1): 161.
  • The contribution of laparoscopy to the treatment of gastric cancer. Ballesta Lopez C, Ruggiero R, Poves I, Bettonica C, Procaccini E. Surgical Endoscopy 2002 Apr; 16 (4): 616-9.
  • Results of cephalic pancreatoduodenectomy in patients with chronic pancreatitis. Jorba R, Fabregat J, García Borobia F, Poves I, Figueras J, Rafecas A, Torras J, Jaurrieta E. Revista Clinica Española 2002; 202 (4): 197-201.
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency caused by a somatostatinoma of the minor and major duodenal papilla in a patient with neurofibromatosis. F.G. Borobia, J. Fabregat, R. Jorba, I. Poves, S. Biondo, T. Serrano, J. Figueras, E. Jaurrieta. European Journal of Surgery 2001; 167: 154-156.
  • Laparoscopy in acute biliary pancreatitis. Ballesta C, Ruggiero R, Poves I, Bettonica C, Procaccini E, Iervolino E. Panminerva Med 2001 Dec; 43 (4):233-7.
  • Resultados en el tratamiento de la pancreatitis aguda grave. I. Poves, J. Fabregat, S. Biondo, R. Jorba, F.G. Borobia, L. Lladó, J. Figueras, E. Jaurrieta. Revista Española de Enfermades Digestivas 2000; 92 (9): 586-590
  • Duodenopancreatectomía cefálica de urgencia tras una ingesta masiva de caústicos. F.G. Borobia, S. Biondo, R. Jorba, P. Moreno, J. Fabregat, I. Poves, E. Jaurrieta. Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas 2000, 92 (9): 615-616.
  • Small bowell necrosis in association with early postoperative enteral feeding after pancreatic resection. R. Jorba, J. Fabregat, F.G. Borobia, J. Torras, I. Poves, E. Jaurrieta. Surgery 2000; 128: 111-2
  • Cáncer de colon perforado. Evolución y pronóstico. F. Alcobendas, R. Jorba, I. Poves, J. Busquets, A. Engel, E. Jaurrieta. Revista Española Enfermedades Digestivas 2000; 92: 326-329.
  • Tumoración hipogástrica y fiebre. F.G. Borobia, I. Poves, H. Aranda, I. Puig, R. Jorba, J. Fabregat, E. Jaurrieta. Revista Clinica Española 1999; 199 (3): 171-172.
  • ¿Representa la cirugía de la hipertensión portal una contraindicación al trasplante hepático? I. Poves, J. Figueras, C. Lama, J. Fabregat, A. Rafecas, J. Torras, E. Ramos, D. Ruiz, T. Casanovas, X. Xiol, C. Baliellas, E. Jaurrieta. Gastroenterologia y Hepatologia 1998; 21: 382-385.
  • Intraoperative colonic lavage and primary anastomosis in peritonitis and obstruction. S. Biondo, E. Jaurrieta, R. Jorba, P. Moreno, L. Farran, F. G. Borobia, C. Bettónica, I. Poves, E. Ramos, F. Alcobendas. British Journal of Surgery 1997; 84: 222-225.
  • TIPSS: a measure to control variceal bleeding before liver transplantation. I. Poves, X. Muntaña, J. Figueras, C. Cañas, T. Casanovas, A. Rafecas, C. Sancho, X. Xiol, J. Fabregat, C. Baliellas, J. Torras, A. Aldeano, L. Casais, E. Jaurrieta. Transplantation Proceedings 1995, 27 (4): 2315-2316.
  • Bypass gástrico por laparoscopia con perfusión de remifantanilo”. Ornaque I, Correa J, Ballesta C, Poves I, Sánchez-Cano JJ. Casos Clínicos en Anestesiología y Reanimación 2003, Vol. III (4):10-12.
  • Anestesia en la cirugía bariátrica por laparoscopia. Sangrado inadvertido en postoperatorio inmediato. A propósito de una caso”. Madurga C, Mula P, Ballesta C, Poves I, Aliaga L. Casos Clínicos en Anestesiología y Reanimación 2003, Vol. III (4):16-17.
  • Cirugía laparoscópica en el tratamiento de la obesidad mórbida. Ballesta C, Poves I. Revista Española de Obesidad 2003, 1: 37-46.