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Prexy for 2009

PCS Prexy for '09

Alex Erasmo

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PCS Prexy for '08

Melchor F. Santos, M.D.

Armando C. Crisostomo

President, Philippine College of Surgeons

Renowned colorectal surgeon Armand Crisostomo, MD, MHPEd, FPCS, FPSCRS, assumed office as president of the Philippine College of Surgeons, following his election during the PCS 63rd Annual Clinical Congress December 2-5, 2007 at the EDSA Shangri la Hotel. He succeeded Rey Melchor F. Santos, M.D., FPCS.

Other officers elected for 2008 are: Alex Erasmo, MD, FPCS, Vice-President; Isaac David Ampil, MD, FPCS, Secretary; and Ray Malilay, MD, FPCS Treasurer. The other Regents are: Reynaldo Baclig, MD, FPCS; Alfred Belmonte, MD, FPCS; Dominador Chiong, Jr., MD, FPCS; Esperanza Lahoz, MD, FPCS; Gabriel Martinez, MD, FPCS; Arturo Mendoza, Jr., MD, FPCS; Max Nadala, MD, FPCS; Antonio Say, MD, FPCS; Stephen Sixto Siguan, MD, FPCS; Maximo Simbulan, MD, FPCS; and Jesus Valencia, MD, FPCS.

The summarized CV of Dr. Crisostomo follows hereunder:


  • Finished BS Pre-Medicine (cum laude) UP Diliman, October 1976
  • Finished MD (cum laude), UP College of Medicine, 1981
  • Residency in General Surgery, UP-PGH, 1983-87, becoming Chief Resident in 1987
  • Residency in Colon and Rectal Surgery, UP-PGH, 1988
  • Visiting Fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery, UK and USA, 1989
  • Masters Degree in Health Professions Education, NTTC, UP Manila, 1997

II. Current Positions

UPCM and UP Manila

  • • Professor 4, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, UPCM-PGH
  • Chief, Medical Education Unit, UPCM
  • Chair, Two-Track Residency Program Subcommittee, UPCM, PGH
  • Chair, PGH Centennial Celebration Committee
  • Affiliate Faculty, National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions, UP Manila
  • Member, Curriculum Committee, UPCM
  • Member, Executive Committee, PAASCU Accreditation
  • Member, OSI Task Force, UPCM
  • Associate Editor, UP Manila Journal

Outside UP Manila and Professional Organizations

  • Past Chairman, Department of Surgery, Manila Doctors Hospital
  • Past President, Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • Immediate Past President, ASEAN Society of Colorectal Surgeons
  • Co-Editor, Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties
  • Fellow, Philippine Society of General Surgeons
  • Fellow, Philippine Society of Oncology
  • Board of Directors and Examiner, Philippine Board of Surgery
  • President, Philippine College of Surgeons
  • Member of several professional societies- Manila Medical Society, Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Association of Training officers in Surgery, Philippine Association of Endoscopic Surgeons, Surgical Oncology Society of the Philippines, Asian Surgical Association

III. Important Awards and Accomplishments

  • Leadership Awardee (Class 1981) Most Outstanding Medical Graduate , UPCM 1981
  • Most Outstanding Intern, Brokenshire Memorial Hospital Davao City, 1982
  • Ranked No. 4 in Top 10 of Medical Board Examinations, 1982
  • Awarded as one of Ten Outstanding Young Scientist (TOYS) in 1995 by National Academy of Science and Technology
  • Selected as one of the International Guest Scholars of American College of Surgeons in 1996
  • Outstanding Publication Awardee, National Academy of Science and Technology, 1996
  • International Publication Awardee, University of the Philippines, 1999 and 2003
  • Outstanding Medical Teacher (Clinical Science), UPCM, 2002
  • Purificacion Daez Professiorial Chair Holder, UPCM, 2002-2003
  • Milagros Daez-Sevilla Professorial Chair Holder, UPCM, 2004-present
  • Most Outstanding Professional in Health Professions Education, UP Manila Alumni Association, 2006

Important Positions Held

In UPCM -PGH and UP Manila

  • • Coordinator for Training and Research, PGH (1990-1992)
  • Executive Officer, Department of Surgery, UPCM-PGH (1994-1997)
  • Chair, Office of Extension and Continuing Education, UP Manila (1995-1997)
  • Editor-in Chief, UP Manila Journal (1995-1999)
  • Assistant Director For Health Operations, PGH (1997-2000)
  • Director, Information, Publications and Public Affairs Office (IPPAO), UP Manila (2004-2005)
  • UP Medical Alumni Society (President- Elect, 2005; President, 2006)

Outside UP Manila and Professional Organizations

  • Training Officer, Department of Surgery, Manila Doctors Hospital (1990-1994)
  • Training Officer, Department of Surgery, Dr. Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, (1996-1997)
  • Philippine Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (Secretary-Treasurer, 1994-1998; Vice- President, 1998-2000), President (2000-2002)
  • Philippine Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (Secretary, 1994-1996; Vice Chairrnan, 1996-1998; Chairman, 1998-2000)
  • Philippine Board of Surgery (Governor, 1998-2004; Secretary-Treasurer, 2004; Vice-Chairman, 2005, Chairman, 2006)
  • Philippine Association of Training Officer in Surgery (Founding Secretary, 1992-1996; Vice-President, 1996-1998; President 1998-2000)
  • Philippine Association of Endoscopic Surgeons (Founding Secretary, 1992-1994)
  • Philippine College of Surgeons (Associate Editor, PJSS, 1992-1996, Chair, Committee on Surgical Infections, 1993; Co-Chair,
    Surgical Training Committee, 1992-1994; Co-Chair, Continuing Surgical Education Committee, 1995-1996 Chair, Continuing Surgical Education Committee, 1997-2000, Regent 2001-2005; Secretary, 2004; Treasurer, 2005, Vice-President, 2007)
  • Director PCS Metro Manila Chapter, 1995-1997
  • Director, Philippine Band of Mercy, 2002-2003
  • Has served as lecturer, speaker, resource person , reactor, panelist in approximately 250 scientific meetings all over the Philippines and abroad
  • Has published/presented 61 scientific papers in both local and foreign publications in the following areas: colon and rectal surgery, trauma, surgical infection, surgical education
  • Has served as facilitator and organizer of numerous workshops, symposia and post- graduate courses for Department of Surgery, UPCM, PGH, Philippine College of Surgeons, Philippine Board of Surgery and other professional organizations.

PCS Elects Santos
President for 2007

Rey Melchor F. Santos

The Fellows of the Philippine College of Surgeons on December 4, 2007 elected its vice-president, Rey Melchor F. Santos, M.D., as its next president for 2007, during the PCS 62nd Annual Clinical Congress held at Edsa Shangri-La Hotel in Mandaluyong, Manila, December 3-6, 2007. He succeeded Eduardo R. Gatchalian, M.D. There were 2,045 registrants at this Congress, 73 of them new inductees to the College.

Dr. Santos, FEU-NRMF Class ’80 (Cum Laude), graduated Most Outstanding, a Winthrop-Stearns Scholar. He is now Associate Professor in Surgery at FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine in West Fairview, Quezon City.

The new PCS head practices General Surgery and is the president of the Philippine Society of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Santos is also currently the vice- president of the Philippine Medical Association. He was a Gold Medalist at Ateneo Graduate School, where he finished his Master in Hospital Administration in 1994. His extensive and most impressive resume includes dozens of other membership and leadership positions in various medical, civic, religious, government, and international associations. He has a long list of honors and awards to his name.

The other new officers include: Armand C. Crisostomo, M.D., vice-president; Alex A. Erasmo, M.D., treasurer; Josefina R. Almonte, M.D., was appointed secretary; and, Isaac David E. Ampil II, M.D., Alfred H. Belmonte, M.D., Alex E. L. Cerrillo, M.D., Dominador M. Chiong, Jr., M.D., Jose Y. Cueto, M.D., Esperanza R. Lahoz, M.D., Ray B. Malilay, M.D., Gabriel L. Martinez, M.D., Arturo E. Mendoza, Jr., M.D., Antonio S. Say, M.D., and Jesus V. Valencia, M.D., Board of Regents.


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