Dr. Rodríguez, the youngest expert in sleep medicine in Spain and the only ENT specialist to obtain the distinction in Andalusia

Dr. Laura Rodríguez.
  • The medical specialist is part of the expert team of the ENT Unit of Quirónsalud Marbella and Campo de Gibraltar
  • In addition to this achievement, Dr. Laura Rodríguez Alcalá is the author of research studies that have been published in highly influential international scientific journals.

Not only did the doctor meet all the demanding requirements to earn her distinction, but she can take pride in having done so at an exceptionally young age. At the age of 29, Dr. Laura Rodriguez Alcala became the youngest expert in sleep medicine in Spain and the only ENT specialist to obtain the distinction in Andalusia.

Dr. Rodríguez, who works in the ENT unit of Quironsalud Marbella and Gibraltar camp says she is “very motivated” and encourages her professional colleagues “to obtain the distinction in sleep medicine because it is a useful way to complement and rationalize our specialty in this field”.

In order to receive his award, Dr. Rodriguez had to pass the theoretical and practical test organized each year by the Spanish Federation of Sleep Medicine Associations (WOMEN¸ in its Spanish abbreviation). “This distinction demonstrates that the recipient has experience in diagnosing and managing medical disorders that occur during sleep, disorders that disrupt sleep time, or conditions affected by disturbances of the sleep-wake cycle.

We must also be able to demonstrate our ability to analyze and interpret polysomnography and know the most recent research, as well as clinical and medical activities carried out at the sleep unit», explains the expert.

The name of Dr. Rodríguez stands out again in this last area, because she is the author of two research studies that have been accepted and published by international scientific journals of great influence (Q1). The young expert points to the encouragement of her colleagues in the Unit as one of the motivating factors in carrying out these studies.

“The ENT Team at Quironsalud Marbella and Gibraltar campled by Dr. Carlos O’Connor Reina and Juan Carlos Casado Morentehas contributed to science with numerous publications of scientific impact in various fields of expertise and, more specifically, in sleep medicine (9 publications), with an application used as a therapy tool for sleep apnea (AirwayGym) , as well as a doctoral thesis on the effects of oropharyngeal exercise on sleep apnea, of which I am particularly proud as an author.

Many media have publicized our work and this recognition has traveled nationally and abroad. In addition, the study recently led by Doctor Carlos O’Connor on myofunctional therapy in sleep apnea received this year the prize of the Spanish ENT Association for the best clinical trial to be published in a scientific journal”, as she details it.

The sleep pattern of 40% of the population is insufficient

Lack of sleep is one of the most common problems of today’s population. According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), 40% of the population has an inadequate sleep pattern that affects both adults and children. In fact, specialists warn that childhood insomnia is becoming more popular due to the use of technologies with other cases with existing patterns of fragile sleep.

In these cases, Dr. Rodriguez explains that the solution begins with “teaching children to sleep, using tools to reinforce specific bedtime behaviors and to solidify proper sleep hygiene.”

The most common sleep disorders are insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, parasomnias and narcolepsy.

Consult your specialist if you suspect you may be suffering from a sleep disorder

Doctor Rodriguez emphasizes that sleeping well provides quality of life and is associated with good health. “Non-restorative or insufficient sleep has significant consequences on a person’s well-being, work performance and social interactions (changeable mood); while lack of adequate sleep has also been associated with metabolic disorders (obesity), hypertension, cognitive impairment, insufficient immune system response and recent association with prognosis of malignant tumor pathologies “, explains Dr.

Our specialist recommends a visit to specialized professionals when someone suspects that they may be suffering from a sleep disorder. A first consultation with a specialist makes it possible to draw the roadmap of this multidisciplinary medical unit to initiate the protocols adapted according to the clinical situation of each patient and to schedule a sequence of medical appointments for your follow-up. This protocol will help you get excellent medical assistance.

Quirónsalud in Andalusia

The Quirónsalud hospital group currently has eight hospitals in the following Andalusian cities: Malaga, Marbella, Los Barrios (Cádiz), three in Seville (Sagrado Corazón, Infanta Luisa, Materno-Infantil), Cordoba and Huelva, in addition to 18 centers medical facilities with specialty and diagnostic units and an outpatient surgical hospital, which make it a leading private hospital in this region.

About Quironsalud

Quirónsalud is the leading hospital group in Spain and also in Europe, with its parent company Fresenius-Helios. In addition to its activities in Spain, Quirónsalud is also present in Latin America, particularly in Colombia and Peru. In total, the group has more than 40,000 professionals in more than 125 medical centers, which include 54 hospitals offering approximately 8,000 hospital beds. The group has the most advanced technologies and a highly specialized team of internationally renowned professionals. Its centers include Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital, Teknon Medical Center, Ruber Internacional, Quirónsalud Madrid University Hospital, Quirónsalud Barcelona Hospital, Dexeus University Hospital, Gipuzkoa Multidisciplinary Clinic, University Hospital General de Catalunya, Quirónsalud Sagrado Corazón Hospital, etc.

Our group is committed to promoting education (eight of its hospitals are university hospitals) and medical-scientific research centers (we own the FJD Medical Research Institute, which has been approved by the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation).

Similarly, the group’s medical service is organized into cross-functional units and networks that optimize the experience accumulated in the various centers and the transfer of their medical research. Quirónsalud is currently carrying out numerous research projects in Spain and many of its medical centers are carrying out cutting-edge work, some being pioneers in various specialties, including oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynecology and neurology.