Press Release - Accreditation of Quality in Health

23 January 2019

Press release

Santo Domingo

January 23, 2019

Espaillat Cabral solidifies its role as a leader in quality in healthcare

The Espaillat Cabral Institute is the first Dominican health center, and first outside the United States, to receive the HFAP international health quality accreditation.

The certification granted to the prestigious ophthalmological center, founded in Santo Domingo in 1970, comes from the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).

Achieving an HFAP accreditation for quality in health care is the objective recognition that a medical center meets or exceeds the international standards required in the practice of medicine with a special focus on patient safety.

Achieving this recognition is only possible after exhausting a rigorous multiyear process that covers numerous stages of independent evaluation, including external audits.

By conferring accreditation, HFAP certifies that the Espaillat Cabral Institute meets all quality guidelines in medical care regulations and operational processes, following best practices from maintenance procedures and updating of medical equipment, infrastructure, practice guidelines and clinical protocols with international scientific evidence, patient clinical history, sterilization and infection control protocols, excellence in the operating room, confidentiality of personal data, diagnostic information and medical procedures, as well as postoperative monitoring.

Compliance with international standards of Quality in Health ensures that patients in facilities certified by HFAP –like the Espaillat Cabral Institute– receive excellent and consistent care throughout the diagnostic and treatment process. Verified statistics show that patients from the Espaillat Cabral Institute present visual results comparable to the best ophthalmology clinics worldwide.

HFAP is one of the leading accreditation programs in the United States, with more than 75 years of service in the certification of facilities that operate under the Medicare system.

The Espaillat Cabral Institute is the first ophthalmology clinic and the first medical center dedicated to a single specialty in the Dominican Republic. For almost half a century it has been a national and regional reference in its field.

In addition to the endorsement received in all its operational processes, the physical plant of the Espaillat Cabral Institute –whose architectural plans were reviewed by the Joint Commission International– complies with the international standards applied to hospital buildings in the United States.

These achievements confirm that the Espaillat Cabral Institute has consolidated its position as a leader in quality ophthalmology services in the region, offering its patients a humane, ethical and personalized treatment, meeting the highest global standards.

In addition to its local patients covered by the main insurance companies in the country, the Espaillat Cabral Institute receives patients referred by international insurers, as well as patients of limited economic resources as part of its corporate social responsibility.

Instituto Espaillat Cabral

Av. Independencia 853

Zona Universitaria, Santo Domingo

+1 809-686-0268

Facebook and Instagram: @espaillatcabral





01 January 2019


  • Doctor of Medicine Cum Laude, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU). February 1988.
  • Specialty in ophthalmology at Instituto Barraquer, Barcelona, Spain. Included in the program: Basic Course (October 1988 – January 1990), Advanced Course (February 1990 – December 1991), Residency in Ophthamology (January 1992 – December 1995).
  • Postgraduate Master in Vitreo-Retino-Choroidal Pathology. Barraquer University Institute. Accreditation by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (October 1994 - October 1995).
  • Postgraduate Master in Pathology of the Anterior Segment. Barraquer University Institute. Accreditation by Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (October 1995 - October 1996).
  • Fellowship in Retina and Vitreous. Barraquer University Institute.
  • GLORY Certificate (Global Refractive Surgery Education Program) Basic and Advanced, International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS). Miami (FL), United States. July 1999.
  • Medical Director of the Espaillat Cabral Institute, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, since 1997. A private medical institution specialized in ophthalmology.
  • President of the Dominican Society of Ophthalmology 2002-2003.
  • Founding member and president of ADOCOFT (Dominican Association of Ophthalmic Centers), since its inception in May 2014 through February 2018.
  • Honored as Distinguished Alumnus by Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU). May 2016.
  • Recipient in 2008 of the International Ophthalmologist Education Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • Recipient in 2011 of the International Scholar Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
  • Recipient in 2017 of the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology – recognition to members who take part in scientific programs during annual meetings.
  • Vice President of the Executive Board of the Latin-American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (LASCRS) 2107-2019. Representative of the Dominican Republic.
  • Member of the International Council of Refractive Surgery, representative of the Dominican Republic.
  • Editor of the cataract section of the LASCRS Newsletter.
  • Coeditor and coauthor of the book CICAFE. Cataract Surgery with Femtosecond Laser. Published by Jaypee-Highlights Medical Publishers, Inc. Panama, 2016. Coeditors: Dr. Virgilio Centurión, Dr. Arnaldo Espaillat, Dr. Claudio Orlich.
  • Coeditor and coauthor of the book New Trends in Cataract Surgery. Jaypee-Highlights Medical Publishers, 2012.
  • Coauthor of the book Diagnostic Images in Ophthalmology. Espaxs Publishers, 1998.
  • Author of 10 book chapters, 29 medical articles and 199 scientific conferences presented nationally and internationally.
  • Has performed several live cataract surgeries with advanced technology before the audience of multiple scientific national and international congresses.
  • Director of the Cataract and Refractive Surgery Fellowship, offered in conjunction with Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE).
  • Selected to appear in the XXI Edition of Grandes Dominicanos. (Great Dominicans). 2017.
  • Selected as member of the Board of Hospital General Plaza de la Salud. June 2017.

Affiliated to the following professional groups as:

  • Member, Dominican Society of Ophthalmology (SDO)
  • Member, American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • Member, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)
  • Member, Latin-American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (LASCRS)
  • Member, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO)
  • Member, International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)
  • Member, Dominican Academy of Medicine.
  • Member, Dominican Medical College (CMD)
  • Corresponding Member of the Colombian Society of Ophthalmology
  • Member, Alumni Section, Barraquer Institute
  • Numerary Member, Barraquer Institute


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