A Surgical Assistant is a trained individual who is able to participate and actively assist in completing the procedure safely and expeditiously. The qualifications of the person in this role may vary with the nature of the operation, the surgical specialty, and the type of hospital or ambulatory surgical facility. Surgical Assistants provide a wide variety of services and technical functions including: maintaining adequate exposure in the operating field, cutting suture materials, maintaining hemostasis, clamping and ligating bleeding vessels, and in selected instances, actually performing designated parts of a procedure. All Surgical Assistants are ethically and legally bound to practice their profession only under the direction of a supervising physician.
Joanne Marie Guastaferro-Ruscillo, S.A.-C., graduated from the Central University of Venezuela as a Surgeon Doctor in 1992. She is an active member of the Venezuelan Surgery Society since 2000 and also a member of the Pan-American Trauma Society since 2004.
She started her residency at a Trauma General Hospital in Venezuela as General Surgeon in 1995 and has practiced in several medical institutions as a General Surgeon for over twenty years.
Ms. Guastaferro was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has been practicing in the United States as a Certified Surgical Assistant with American Surgical Professionals from Houston, TX, since June 2012. Ms. Guastaferro has provided services in six local Hospitals in Corpus Christi, TX.
Whether your visit brings you to our Dermatology Department, Pediatric Department or Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Department, you may rest assured that our staff will work as a team to provide all of your medical needs. Adding a Surgical Assistant to the Allergy, Asthma, Dermatology Clinic and the Morgan Pediatric Center will enable us to provide you with accessibility that is prompt and convenient!