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Obituary: Dr Juan Enrique Köster Jahnsen

Dr Koster 2The WFSA was extremely saddened to hear of the recent passing of Dr Juan Enrique Köster Jahnsen.

Dr. Juan Köster was born on March 13th of 1921 in Mollendo Arequipa, Peru. He studied medicine at San Marcos National University in Lima, doctoring in 1953 with the thesis "Anesthesia in Cesarean sections: effects on the mother and the newborn". This paper were done at Lozada Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Gerardo Lozada Murillo, Dr. Félix García Mayor and Dr. Aldo Raffo Uzátegui (physician who did the postgraduate course in anesthesiology in Buenos Aires, Argentina). Subsequently, Köster presented this thesis to the Pediatrics’ Congress in Tacna, Peru, obtaining excellent comments.

On August 19th of 1953 he assimilated to the Peruvian Air Force with the degree of Medical Captain, the next year he traveled to the U.S, attending to the following hospitals: King County Hospital of Seattle, Washington with Professor Henry Harkins; Bird Institute of Palm Springs, California with Professor Forrest M. Bird and Dessert Hospital with Professors Raymond H. Ten Pass and Allan Fisher. On returning, he continued working at Lozada Clinic with the mentioned anesthesiologist Dr. Raffo Uzátegui, an important reference of the specialty.

On February 16th of 1954, physicians and medical students met at Lozada Clinic to found the Peruvian Society of Anesthesia, which will later be called the Peruvian Society of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Reanimation (SPAAR).In this meeting were six anesthesiologists: Dr. Luis Bouroncle, Dr. Salvador Descalzi, Dr. Pedro Carlín, Dr. Juan E. Köster Jahnsen, Dr. Aldo Raffo Uzátegui and Dr. Andrés Callegari Morin.

Between 1958 and 1971 Dr. Köster worked at the anesthesia department of the recently inaugurated Military Central Hospital. He was president of the Peruvian Society of Anesthesiology: 1964-1966 and later on 1980-1981. He was also President of the Organizing Committee of the Third Peruvian Congress of Anesthesiology and General Secretary of C.L.A.S.A. ( 1969-1971). On June 9th of 1971, he was appointed Chief of the Anesthesiology Service of the Central Aeronautics Hospital and the following year, he was made Sub-Director of this facility. He was later promoted to the position of Director of the Health Department of the Peruvian Air Force. He retired on March 13th of 1982. During his stay in the Air Force was decorated with the "Peruvian Cross to Aeronautical Merit." Addtionally, Dr Köster was a Founding Partner of the Peruvian Society of Intensive Care on July 6th of, 1979. On November 3 of 1999, the Executive Committee of C.L.A.S.A. gave him a diploma and a medal, in recognition of his outstanding work as Secretary General (later renamed President) of that institution.

The CLASA congress in Lima 2015 honoured him as a great promotor and teacher of the Latinamerican Anesthesiology.

He passed away in June 2017, accompanied by the love of his famiy and friends.

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El doctor Juan Köster nació el 13 de marzo de 1921 en Mollendo, Arequipa, Perú. Estudió medicina en la Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, doctorándose en 1953 con la tesis “La anestesia en cesáreas, efectos sobre la madre y el recién nacido”, trabajo realizado en la Clínica Lozada bajo la supervisión de los doctores Gerardo Lozada Murillo, Félix García Mayor y Aldo Raffo Uzátegui (médico que practicaba la especialidad, luego de realizar un curso de postgrado en anestesiología en Buenos Aires). Posteriormente, Köster presentó su trabajo de tesis a un Congreso de Pediatría realizado en Tacna, Perú, obteniendo elogiosos comentarios.

El 19 de agosto de 1953 se asimiló a la Fuerza Aérea con el grado de Capitán Médico. En enero de 1954 viajó a los EE. UU. concurriendo a los siguientes hospitales: King County Hospital de Seattle, Washington, con el profesor Henry Harkins; Bird Institute, Palm Springs, California con el profesor Forrest M. Bird y al Dessert Hospital con los profesores Raymond H. Ten Pass y Allan Fisher. De regreso continuó trabajando en la Clínica Lozada con el mencionado anestesiólogo doctor Raffo Uzátegui, importante referente de la especialidad.

El 16 de febrero de 1954 se reunieron en la mencionada clínica, médicos y estudiantes de medicina para fundar la Sociedad Peruana de Anestesia, que luego se llamará Sociedad Peruana de Anestesia, Analgesia y Reanimación (SPAAR). Entre los presentes se encontraban seis anestesiólogos: los doctores Luis Bouroncle, Salvador Descalzi, Pedro Carlín, Juan E. Köster Jahnsen, Aldo Raffo Uzátegui y Andrés Callegari Morin.

Entre los años 1958 y 1971 se desempeñó en el servicio de anestesia del recién inaugurado Hospital Militar Central. Presidente de la Sociedad Peruana de Anestesiología: 1964-1966 y luego en 1980-1981. Presidente del Comité Organizador del Tercer Congreso Peruano de Anestesiología. Secretario General de la C.L.A.S.A. Período 1969-1971. Fue el segundo secretario general. El 9 de junio de 1971 fue nombrado jefe del servicio de Anestesiología del Hospital Central de Aeronáutica y al año siguiente subdirector. Posteriormente fue ascendido al cargo de Director de Sanidad de la Fuerza Aérea. Pasó a retiro el 13 de marzo de 1982. Durante su permanencia en la Fuerza Aérea fue condecorado con la “Cruz Peruana al Mérito Aeronáutico”. Socio Fundador de la Sociedad Peruana de Terapia Intensiva, 6 de julio de 1979. El 3 de noviembre de 1999 el Comité Ejecutivo de la C.L.A.S.A. le entregó un diploma y una medalla, como reconocimiento a su relevante labor como Secretario General (luego se cambió la denominación por Presidente) de esa institución.

El congreso CLASA en Lima 2015 tuvo su nombre como sentido homenaje a un grande de la Anestesiología Latinoamericana.

Falleció en Junio del 2017 rodeado del cariño de su familia y amigos.

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