Born in Mexico City, Ricardo grew up in Nicaragua. Following the devastating earthquake of 1972, he moved to Belgium. While his early education focused on architectural engineering and volunteering medical care in the mountain communities of Nicaragua, in Europe he began his medical studies. Moving back to the United States, he graduated from Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1996, after completing residencies at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and Hofstra University, he moved to Laredo to begin his neurosurgical practice.
In Laredo, he devoted his life to his patients’ care by continually improving his professional development and surgical skills, starting with a fellowship in spinal surgery at UT Health Science Center of San Antonio. He received certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery in 2004. In 2005, he was designated Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (FACOS). He was a member of many professional organizations; most recently appointed Stroke Program Medical Director at Laredo Medical Center and Adjunct Professor at University of the Incarnate Word. He contributed to many professional journals and participated in conferences around the world. His healing touch, professional manner, and commitment to patient service quality will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him.
Surviving him are his loving sons, Edward and Carl Estrada; his siblings, Mario Estrada, Javier Estrada, Julio Estrada, Martha E. Plut, and Miguel Estrada. He was preceded in passing by his parents, Mario Ignacio and Virginia Estrada-Martinez; and brother, Jose Alejandro Estrada.
The family will be receiving condolences on Saturday evening, March 18, 2023 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Road; where a Chapel Service will commence at 6 p.m. Please visit our Joe Jackson North Facebook page for a live streaming of this event: https://www.facebook.com/JJFC.INC. https://www.facebook.com/JJFC.INC/videos/762609431860549/
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that you consider making a donation to: Mercy Ministries of Laredo, 2500 Zacatecas Street, Laredo, Texas 78046; (956)718-6810, you may visit their website at https://mercyhealthfoundation.net/communities/mercyministriesoflaredo.
You may express your condolences, share your favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: www.joejacksonfuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, Texas 78041; (956)722-8850.