Pedro Clarós, numerary member and vice-president of the Royal Academy, has been recognised for his wide-ranging social work

Pedro Clarós, numerary member and vice-president of the governing board of the Royal European Academy of Doctors – Barcelona 1914 (RAED), was invested with the Gran Cruz medal of the Spanish Institution of Humanitarian Merit during a solemn ceremony held in Barcelona on Saturday 16 June. The organisation thus recognised his long scientific career, which has led to his role as one of the leading ear, nose and throat specialists of both Spain and Europe as a whole, and a person much in demand at major institutions like the Liceo of Barcelona. It also recognised his dedication to patients of limited means, via the initiatives of the Clarós Foundation, an institution that also sponsors projects in cooperation with the Clarós Clinic and doctors from developing countries.

“This is an important day for me, marking as it does the moment in which I receive the highest distinction of this institution. I appreciate that this nomination is the result of having devoted an important part of my life to treating, operating on and helping to rebuild the lives of many patients of limited means in the different emerging countries that we have visited over the years. There have been 105 such humanitarian missions to date. It is clear that this cannot be done by one person acting alone, but that it is rather the fruit of teamwork on the part of the anonymous contributors who have generously and repeatedly helped me during these 25 years”, said Dr Clarós in his speech of thanks.

Recognised by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, the Institution of Humanitarian Merit was created in Barcelona in 1999 with a mission to bestow annual awards on social and cultural benefactors who have consistently demonstrated their concern for humanitarian work and their observance of human values. It is presided over by Marino José Pérez Meler and its general secretary Eugenio José Méndez de Haro, Marquess of Haro Unión.