Med School/Year Graduated: University of Santo Tomas (Manila, Philippines), 1990
Years in Practice: 18
Hospital medicine is one of our new Top Docs categories in 2017. What does a hospitalist do?
[We] admit and manage the care of adult patients in the hospital. I also provide medical consultations to specialists on their patients. Overall, I direct the care of my patients and I’m very much involved in their quality of care and safety.
Have you seen any recent trends in ailments you’re treating in hospital patients?
Sadly, we are seeing more complications of diabetes and obesity like coronary artery disease, and affected patients are younger. On the other hand, a positive note is that more people are now surviving cancers.
What is the most gratifying part of your work?
When I can make a difference in someone’s life by making them better, or understand their disease process, or even sometimes just to ease the pain, accompanied by a sincere “thank you,” it is definitely gratifying.
Hospitals have an intimidating vibe for many people. How do you keep a positive attitude at work?
For most people, hospitals portray suffering and misery and [they feel like] just [another] “medical case.” I try to let my patients feel that they can trust me, and I focus all my attention and care to one patient at a time. I also try to know each one of them and not just their ailments.
You’re from the Philippines. Do you have a favorite Filipino food spot in the Valley?
I am so spoiled by my mom’s great cooking, and she lives nearby. I also cook, and we come from Pampanga, a region in the Philippines that’s known for great cuisine. So I’m not a good resource [for finding] decent Filipino food around.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a managing partner and owner of my group, Independent Hospitalists PLLC, and an HonorHealth network board member. For fun, I travel and have been fortunate enough to see and experience different cultures.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”
Twenty years ago, my answer would have been a lawyer. After my B.S. [bachelor of science] psychology degree, I was debating between taking up law or medicine. Nowadays, I’d be a photographer for a travel magazine [and take photos] of beautiful places and people.