Renowned Surgeon From Miami To Visit Barbados To Conduct Medical Conference


Miami – Dr. Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS, and world-renowned Hand & Upper Limb Surgeon, President of the ISSPORTH (International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand), will visit Barbados the first week of December. Dr. Badia will offer a free Medical Conference for local medical professionals and another one for patients and professional athletes.

Dr. Badia has recently performed a shoulder surgery on Karen Meakins, a famous Senior Squash player in Barbados only weeks ago.

“Earlier this year I was experiencing a lot of pain in my shoulder. As a competitive squash player I continued playing but the pain got worse. An MRI showed a torn tendon. At first I was reluctant to have surgery but talking to Dr Badia put my mind at rest and I decided to go ahead with the surgery in October. The care I received at the Badia Hand and Shoulder Centre was fantastic. I met with Dr. Badia the day before the surgery and he explained everything in detail. The staff was all excellent, very helpful and the Badia Hand to Shoulder Center is an amazing facility. The surgery was successful and Dr. Badia repaired the torn tendon. My rehabilitation is going well and I expect to be back on the squash court ready to play in the World Masters next July. One thing I have to mention is the excellent after care I have received from Dr. Badia. Since I do not live in the US I email him with any queries or concerns that I have and he always emails me back on the same day. Quite remarkable knowing how busy he is!”

Karen Meakins.

Karen Meakins Sqaush player for barbados

Karen Meakins

Karen is currently Barbados Sports Personality of the year, the 2010 squash silver medalist at the World Masters Over 35 event and the silver medalist at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games. Meakins is also the number 2 female player in the Caribbean and 11 (eleven) time Barbados National Champion.


“It is extremely satisfactory when a professional athlete come to see me. It is imperative for them to be appropriately treated, to heal and go back to their intense routine. It is my challenge and my passion to succeed, says Dr. Badia.”

Badia has a long history of treating high level tennis and golf competitors, NFL and NBA athletes. Dr. Badia has just been nominated one of the top 45 great hand and upper extremity surgeons to know by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review. Alejandro Badia is in conversations with leading Brazilian medical authorities to organize a sports medicine conference prior to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

This free conference for patients and professional athletes will be held on Wednesday, December 7th 2011 at 6pm at the Barbados Olympic Association – Olympic Centre, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St. Michael, BB15094 and the conference for doctors (general, OTs and PTs) will be held on Thursday, December 8th at 5pm at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Martindalis Road, Bridgetown at the Lecture Amphitheater