Spotlight: John Lucero

We’re blessed to have some incredibly talented people on staff here at Open MRI of Pueblo, and John Lucero is no exception! John Lucero has been working in radiology since 1995, and is fluent in X-Ray, CAT Scan, and MRI. He’s worked with Dr. Damadian, one of the inventors of MRI, and Dr. Minkoff who was the first person to ever be imaged by MRI. He travels all over the US teaching technologists scanning techniques and various aspects of radiological imaging.

He has also had the pleasure of working with Dr. Harshfield who pioneered PRP injections, inhalations, and Cranio-Cervical Junction Syndrome (CCJ). Dr. Lucero designed the protocol and the scans to image the CCJ structures, alar ligaments, and all other structures in that anatomical area which was then published into a book.

Additionally, he scans astronauts for NASA pre and post space missions for evaluating the effects of zero-gravity on their vision – how cool is that?

If all of that wasn’t great enough, Lucero is also very passionate about the importance of bedside manner. He says this about what it means to him:

“The technologist–patient relationship is central to the practice of healthcare and is essential for the delivery of high-quality health care in diagnosis and treatment.”

When we asked about a personal experience that guided his personal philosophy on bedside manner, he told us the following story:

“I have had numerous surgical operations since the age of 7 days old.  Throughout my childhood and adulthood, I have had many experiences with healthcare professionals, facilities, and various medical procedures.  I believe this gives me an extra “edge” for having good bedside manner since I have often been on the patient side.  This allows me to have a better understanding of the patient’s emotions and feelings since I have been a patient all my life.”

How does Lucero see medicine changing in the future? He tells us, “I see medicine changing toward less invasive procedures that enable the body to heal itself.  Less pharmaceuticals, less surgical procedures, and more focus on healthy eating and living.  There are exciting things happening everyday that imply less side effects for treatments including PRP and stem cells.”

He has a great passion for MRI, and says that he will continue to consult, scan, learn, and teach about this wonderful tool in medicine.

Way to go John! We look forward to seeing all of your continuing work.


  • Keith Bruner
    June 4, 2014 - 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I also would like to comment on this article in that I have known Mr. Lucero for well over 20 years now. He is one of the most versatile and knowledgeable Technologists out there. I myself as a Technologist am intrigued on what Mr. Lucero has accomplished both professionally and personally.

    He is an amazing person as well in that he always finds a way to succeed in whatever he is doing and has is ALWAYS finding ways to improve his own personal health. He is a real asset to the profession.

    • puebloadmin
      June 10, 2014 - 1:51 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Keith for your response to our blog about Mr. Lucero. We certainly believe that he is an amazing asset to our healthcare community and we’re glad you agree!

  • Tom Andron,MT(ASCP)MHA
    June 14, 2014 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of working with John Lucero at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center. I am crossing the threshold of retirement and worked the deep night shift as a Medical Technologist where John and I became colleagues. Over my career I’ve spent numerous years in management and even became a hospital CEO, which has allowed me the expertise to evaluate health care professionals. John quickly impressed me with his skills, professionalism, and conscientious approach to patient care.

    John will continue to be missed and well thought of by staff and patients.

    Sincerely, Tom Andron

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