The Department of Surgery was born when the Philippine Civil Hospital was established on October 1, 1901 by virtue of Act 247 of the Philippine Commission.  In 1905, Act 1415    authorized the creation of a medical school; hence, on June 10 1907, the Philippine Medical School was formally opened.

The Department was for a time called the Department of Surgery and Gynecology with separate male and female wards.  Dr. Guazon, who was in charge of the female wards, became a proficient gynecologist while Dr. Jose Eduque, who was in charge of the male ward, became a pioneer urologist.  In 1923, a separate Department of Gynecology was established.The surgical department was then renamed the Department of Surgery.

The Department of Surgery is now the biggest clinical department of the Philippine General Hospital. It continues to grow and provide the highest quality of surgical care and training for a variety of health professionals. It provides the largest and the most extensive training of surgery in the  Philippines. Further expansion and acquisition of professional expertise has enabled the department to provide the most comprehensive service in nearly all surgical specialties which include surgical oncology, colorectal surgery, hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery, trauma, pediatric surgery, urology, plastic surgery, thoracocardiovascular surgery, transplant surgery, burns, endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery, surgical critical care, and surgical ultrasonography.  Its training program has become a model for other surgical training programs in the Philippines.

Over the years, the Department of Surgery’s outputs have shown progressive improvements with a significant increase in patient admissions, operations performed, outpatient visits, and resident physicians trained.



To be the leading center of excellence in the field of Surgery responsive to the needs of the Filipino people.


The Department of Surgery shall:

  • Teach students of surgery to become competent, humane, and ethical health professionals, educators, researchers and leaders:
  • Nurture its faculty and alumni to become highly motivated, competent and committed:
  • Generate relevant and outstanding researches:
  • Render quality health care:
  • Practice a governance that is transparent and participatory; and
  • Augment its resources to support the different activities of the department.



Academic Excellence
Social responsibility and accountability


Dr. Nelson D. Cabaluna
Professor and Chair

Dr. Crisotomo E. Arcilla, Jr.
Executive Vice Chair
Assistant Chairs

Dr. Marie Dione P. Sacdalan
Academic Programs

Dr. Anthony R. Perez

Dr. Jose Macario V. Faylona

Dr. Mark Richard C. Kho
Special Projects

Dr. Marie Carmela M. Lapitan

Dr. A’Ericson B. Berberabe
Executive Assistant & Planning Officer

Dr. Dennis P. Serrano
Finance Officer

Eleanor R. Mercado
Administrative Officer

College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital
University of the Philippines Manila
As of May 10, 2019



Executive Vice Chair: A’ERICSON B. BERBERABE, MD

Executive Officer and Assistant Chair for Training: ANTHONY R. PEREZ, MD

Finance Officer: DENNIS P. SERRANO, MD

Assistant Chair for Services: JOSE MACARIO V. FAYLONA, MD

Assistant Chair for Research: MARIE CARMELA M. LAPITAN, MD

Assistant Chair for Academic Affairs: MARIE DIONE P. SACDALAN, MD

Assistant Chair for Flagship Projects: MARK RICHARD C. KHO, MD

Assistant Chair for Surgical Conferences: MA. CELINE ISOBEL A. VILLEGAS, MD


  1. Arcilla, Crisostomo Jr., E., MD
  2. Azarcon, Jeane J., MD
  3. Bautista, Eduardo R., MD
  4. Berberabe, Apolinario Ericson B., MD
  5. Caballes, Alvin B., MD
  6. Cabaluna, Nelson D., MD
  7. Catangui, Antonio DR, MD
  8. Crisostomo, Armando C., MD
  9. Cruz, Jose Joven V., MD
  10. de la Paz, Daniel Jr., A., MD
  11. de la Peña, Arturo S., MD
  12. de Vera, Ramon L., MD
  13. Dofitas, Rodney B., MD
  14. Esquivel, Jaime F., MD
  15. Faylona, Jose Macario V., MD
  16. Genuino, Glenn Angelo S., MD
  17. Germar, Gerardo G., MD
  18. Kho, Mark Richard C., MD
  19. Lukban, Felixberto S., MD
  20. Manapat, Adrian E., MD
  21. Monroy, Hermogenes III  DJ, MD
  22. Ocampo, Orlando O., MD
  23. Perez, Anthony R., MD
  24. Saguil, Esther A., MD
  25. Serrano, Dennis P., MD
  26. Talens, Eric SM, MD
  27. Villegas, Ma. Celine Isobel A., MD


  1. Abellera, Jose Modesto III, B., MD
  2. Aldana, Joel Patrick  A., MD
  3. Ang, Dante G., MD
  4. Arcilla, Eric Perpetuo E, MD
  5. Ayuste, Eduardo Jr., MD
  6. Bisquera, Orlino, Jr., MD,
  7. Cabasa, Alduz Inri S., MD
  8. Catalan, Gisel T., MD
  9. Co Catherine S., MD
  10. Concejero Allan Dante M., MD
  11. Dator Jose Dante  P., MD
  12. David-Paloyo, Ferri P, MD
  13. Espiritu, Neresito T., MD
  14. Gaston, Michael John Francis V., MD
  15. Herbosa, Teodoro J., MD
  16. Hilvano-Cabungcal, Ana Melissa F., MD
  17. Kaw, Leoncio, Jr., L., MD
  18. Lapitan, Marie Carmela M., MD
  19. Lizardo, Jesus II, A., MD
  20. Lopez, Marc Paul J., MD
  21. Macalindong, Shiela S., MD
  22. Macalino, Joel U., MD
  23. Magsanoc, Nikko J., MD
  24. Manalo, Francisco C., MD
  25. Marcelo, Alvin Db, MD
  26. Nable-Aguilera, Maria Adela A., MD
  27. Nicolas, Richard S., MD
  28. Paloyo, Siegfredo R., MD
  29. Querol, Racel Ireneo Luis C., MD
  30. Resurreccion, Derek C., MD
  31. Resurreccion, Leandro III, L., MD
  32. Reyes, Jeryl Anne Silvia R., MD
  33. Roxas, Manuel Francisco T., MD
  34. Sacdalan, Marie Dione   P. MD
  35. Sudario-Lumague, Rowena O., MD
  36. Tansipek, Bernard U., MD
  37. Tiongco, Gene Gerald SJ, MD
  38. Uy, Gemma Leonora B., MD
  39. Valparaiso, Apple P., MD
  40. Visaya, Junico T., MD

Professor Emeritus with Teaching Load

  1. Almonte, Josefina R., MD
  2. Laudico, Adriano V., MD

Clinical Professor beyond 65

  1. Baltazar, Wilma A., MD
  2. Gonzales, Jose C., MD
  3. Joson, Reynaldo O., MD
  4. Roxas, Alberto B., MD

Visiting Professor

  1. Buckley, Brian Samuel S., MD
  2. Velcek, Francisca T.
  3. Wherry, David C., MD

Visiting Associate Professor

  1. Soriano, Ian S., MD

Visiting Assistant Professor

  1. Diego, Emilia Josefa B., MD



  • 210 Charity patient beds
  • 4 charity wards (Wards 2, 4, 6 and 14A)
  • 2 special care units (Surgical Intensive Care and the ATR Burn Center)
  • Private rooms and suites
  • Outpatient clinics
  • 8 elective operating rooms
  • 8 emergency operating rooms
  • Ambulatory major and minor operating rooms
  • Endoscopy and laparoscopy equipment
  • Endorectal and transrectal prostate ultrasonography machines


In 2010 ..

  • 6,963 charity admissions
  • 4,030 private admissions
  • 71,861 outpatient consultations
  • 5,285 charity operations
  • 3,392 private operations
  • 65 consultant specialist surgeons
  • 82 training resident surgeons


Addresses the special needs of burn patients by providing specialized and comprehensive care of burn wounds and related injuries.

Colorectal Surgery
Offers comprehensive surgical management of benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum and anus which include major abdominal surgeries, anorectal procedures, laparoscopy, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, endorectal and endoanal ultrasonography.

Ever since the first LAPAROSCOPIC CHOLECYSTOMY was performed in PGH (Dec. 1990) the department has finally formed the Division of ENDOSURGERY which deals with the advancements in both Surgical  endoscopy and minimal access surgery.

Head and Neck Surgery
Delivers comprehensive management of patients with head and neck tumors, through an integrated program collaborated by Head & Neck Surgical Oncologists, Radiation Oncologists, Plastic and  Reconstructive Surgeons, Pathologists, Dental Surgeons and Speech Rehabilitation Specialists.

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery
Streamlined to handle hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and splenic diseases. It is a complete hepatobiliary unit with capability of managing all forms of open and laparoscopic surgery for hepatobiliary diseases as well as interventional and therapeutic modalities such as percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography,  percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage, ultrasound aspiration of abscesses, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography and choledochoscopy.

Surgical Critical Care
Provides proactive critical care to postoperative patients who undergo high risk procedures and those who have experienced complications from surgery or are multiply injured.

Surgical Oncology
Provides a comprehensive and multimodel approach in the management of most solid tumors including cancers of the breast, esophagus, stomach and soft tissues. Its expertise encompasses performance of complex surgical operations, prevention, diagnosis and long term follow-up of patients.

Pediatric Surgery
Concentrates in the management of surgical diseases of infants and children, including separation of conjoint twins, correction of congenital anomalies and management of emergency surgical conditions in the pediatric population.

Plastic Surgery
Provides specialized care of patients with reconstructive and aesthetic concerns and/or aesthetic correction of defects or deformities, whether acquired or congenital. These include congenital anomalies of the face, head and neck, hands, external body surface and genital organs; traumatic conditions of the head and neck and other external body parts; scars and keloids; as well as post-tumor resection defects.

Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Manages surgical problems of the thoracic viscera (heart, lungs, great vessels, mediastinum, trachea, esophagus, thoracic cage and diaphragm) and the peripheral vascular system.

Transplant Surgery
Offers an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to transplant medicine.  It is capable of managing the transplant needs of patients with end-stage renal disease.

Trauma Surgery
Provides specialized care in the field of trauma care, with special attention to accidents indigenous to our setting, consistent with the objectives of the Philippine College of Surgeons and the Department of Health.

Delivers comprehensive care in the prevention and medical and surgical treatment of diseases involving the male and female urinary system, the adrenals and the male genital tract.  It offers facilities and  expertise in uro-oncology, reconstructive urology, pediatric urology, female urology and incontinence, endourology and laparoscopic urology.


Minimally Invasive Surgery Unit (MISU)
A fully equipped operating theater dedicated to minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by the various surgical specialties. The following divisions utilize the unit on a regular basis: HEPATOBILIARY & PANCREATIC, UROLOGY, COLORECTAL SURGERY, THORACIC and CARDIOVASCULAR SURGERY, PEDIATRIC SURGERY, TRAUMA      SURGERY and  NEUROSURGERY.

The Breast Care Center
Offers a comprehensive breast care program that involves screening, diagnosis, and counseling of patients with breast disorders. It is equipped with a dedicated mammography and ultrasonography unit to facilitate a one-stop out-patient consultation. It provides the most modern techniques of surgery,   chemotherapy, radiation oncology, reconstructive plastic surgery and other forms of adjuvant treatment and palliative care.

The Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplantation Operating Complex
Inaugurated in September 2004, the Complex boasts of 2 operating rooms, a 6-bed recovery room and 5 beds for telemetry.

The ATR Burn Center
The pioneer and the only Burn center with well-trained, highly competent and dedicated staff in   modern burn care, the Center can accommodate 11 patients at any one time, housing a fully functioning operating room, a hydrotherapy room for both admitted and outpatient wound treatment, and the Skin Bank of the Philippines.

The Surgical Research Unit
Remains the hub of all research activities of the Department, staffed with trained research assistants whereby research proposals and projects are managed and coordinated.

Department of SURGERY

University of the Philippines College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital
Taft Avenue, Manila 1000

TELEPHONE: 554-8472
FAX NO. 526-4356


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