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Ricardo L. Alfonso

Surgery, Outstanding Professional in Medicine

Expertise: Surgery

Dr. Ricardo L. Alfonso is recognized for his important contributions in the field of Surgery has distinguished himself in various fields of medicine; medical education, medical administrations, research and medical writing He had assumed positions of responsibility for which he received honors and citations. In medical education he was Dean, professor, Chairman of Surgery, FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine; Professor of Surgery – UST and MCU; Professorial lecturer –UP Institute of Public Health and Ateneo; Faculty – Philippine and American Cancer Societies postgraduate courses. In medical administration, he was director of the FEU-NRMF and the US Army PCAU hospitals; acting director of North General and Doctors hospitals; Medicare Commissioner, R.P. In research, he was chairman of the research committees of the Phil. Cancer society, Phil College of Surgeons, FEU-NRMF Institute of Medicine. In Medical Writing, he was editor-in-chief of the journals of the Phil. Medical Association, FEU Institute of Medicine and the Phil. Hospital Administrators Organization. He served as president of the following medical organizations; Phil. College of Surgeons, UP Medical Alumni Society, Phil. College of Hospital Administrators, Phil. Association of Medical Writers, Catholic Physicians guild, Govt. Hospital Administrators Organization. Among the honors and citations he has received are: “Outstanding Professional in Medicine”, U.P. Alumni Association; Gregorio Singian and Presidential Medalions, Phil. College of Surgeons; “Who is Who in the world”, U.S. Marquis Publication; “Distinguished Men of Philippine Medicine”, U.P. Mu Sigma Phi. Fraternity; Honorary Fellow International Academy of Proctology and the Phil. College of Dental Surgeons; Emeritus Consultant in Surgery, St. Luke’s Hospital; Honorary Consultant in Surgery, Veterans Memorial Hospital; Outstanding Catholic Physician for 1997, Catholic Physician Guild of the Philippines. He was official delegate to international conferences: First World Conference in Medical Education, London; World Medical Association Congress, Paris; International Hospital Federation Study tour, Finland and Dusseldorf, Germany; WHO Conference, Korea; ISA Conference in Medical Care, Abidjan, Africa; Asean Conference in Public Health, Singapore. His academic background: Elem., HS, AA (Magna cum laude) – Ateneo; Medicine – UP; MSHA with distinction Northwestern University; Postgraduate Surgery, Cook County Medical Center (Fellow USPHS); Study grant in Medical Care, US and Canada; Fellow WHO. He is at present Vice – Chairman and Consultant, Board of Trustees, FEU-NRMF; Member, Board of Directors, Fortune Care Corp. (HMO); Member, Council of Advisers, Phil. Cancer Society; Member, Council of Elders Philippine College of Surgeons. He is married to Marita Escolar, with five children all successful professionals.

Association

    • Philippine Hospital Administration Organizations, Executive Chairman
    • University of the Philippines Medical Society, President
    • Manila Medical Society, Councilor
    • Catholic Physician Guild of the Philippines, President
    • Philippine College of Surgeons, Regent
    • Philippine Association of Medical Writers, Vice-President
    • Philippine Association of Medical Writers, President
    • Philippine Hospital Association, Board of Directors
    • Association of Colleges and School of Nursing, Board of Director
    • Philippine Academy of General Practice, Member
    • Philippine Federations of Private Medical Practitioner, Member
    • Philippine Medical Association, Member
    • Philippine Cancer Society, Member
    • Pan Pacific Surgical Association, Member
    • FEU Institute of Medicine Faculty Club, Member
    • Association of Philippine Medical Colleges, Member

Employment

    • Doctors Hospital, Resident-Senior Resident in Surgery, 1940 - 1941
    • Doctors Hospital, Acting Director, 1944
    • US-PCAU General Hospital, Director and Chief Surgeon, 1945
    • North General Hospital, Superintendent and Consulting Surgeon, 1946 - 1952
    • North General Hospital, Asst. Instructor and Asst. Clinical Prof. in Surgery, 1946 - 1955
    • Manila Central University, Instructor-Assoc. Prof. in Surgery, 1947 - 1952
    • North General Hospital, Acting Director, 1949
    • North General Hospital, Chief of clinics and Surgical Consultant, 1953 - 1955
    • Far Eastern University Hospital, Director, Dept. of Surgery, 1955
    • Far Easter University Hospital, Prof. and Head, Dept. of Surgery, 1955
    • Far Eastern University, Acting Dean, 1966
    • University of the Philippines, Professorial Lecturer in Hospital Administration, 1966

Award

    • Diploma of Honors, Catholic Physicians Guild, 1954-1955
    • Certificate of Appreciation as Regent, , 1957-1959
    • Certificat of Appreciation as Vice-President, University of the Phil. MEdical Alumni Society, 1962
    • Certificate of Recognition, Philippine Mental Health Association, 1960
    • Certificate of Merit, University of the Philippines Medical Alumni Society, 1961
    • Diploma of Honor, Philippine Medical Association, 1963
    • Diploma of Merit, Philippine Medical Association, 1963

Research

    • Classification of liqours using a potentiometric electrode array [Completed]

Education

    • Ateneo de Manila, Quezon City, A. A., 1935
    • University of the Philippines, Quezon City, M. D., 1940
    • Northwestern University, USA, M. S. Hospital Administration, 1953

Publication

    • (1941) Local intraperitoneal application of sulfonamides in acute surgical abdominal infections
    • Sto. Tomas Medical Journal
    • (June 1948) Five unusual surgical deiseases of the abdomen
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Associations Volume v. 24, No. no. 6
    • F. Esquivel, (Jan.- Feb. 1949) Gallbladder diseas among Filipinos with a report on ascariasis of the biliary tract
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery Volume v. 4, No. no. 1
    • (1949) The need of exploration of the extra-hepatic bile passages in biliary surgery
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association
    • (Sept. 1949) Non-Parasitic solitary cyst of the liver
    • Philippine Medical World Volume v. 4, No. no. 9
    • F. Esquivel, (Nov. - Dec. 1949) Perforations of the biliary sysem and bile peritonitis
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery Volume v. 4, No. no. 6
    • (1950) Early surgery for cholecystic disease: an appeal
    • Medical Reporter Volume v. 2, No. no. 14
    • F. Esquivel, (Jan. - Feb. 1951) Studies in acute cholecystitis among Filipinos
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery Volume v. 6, No. no. 1
    • F. Esquivel, (Jan. - Feb. 1952) The common bile duct in biliary surgery
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery Volume v. 7, No. no. 1
    • (Dec. 1954) Moral aspect of therapeutic abortion
    • Journal of the Philippine Federation of Private Medical Practitioners
    • (April 1955) The American and Philippine hospital situation, a comparative analysis
    • Philippine Hospital Administrators Journal
    • (1955) The golden era for our hospital
    • Philippine Hospital Administrators Journal
    • (June 1955) Heart and soul of our hospital rehabilitation program
    • Philippine Hospital Administrators Journal
    • (March 1955) Hospital inspection service can improve considerably hospital care in the Philippines
    • Philippine Hospital Administrators Journal
    • (Sept. 1956) A general appraisal of the ability of hospitals to meet the needs of the community
    • Philippine Hospital Administrators Journal
    • (Sept. - Oct. 1958) The management of shock among surgical patients
    • Journal of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology Volume v. 13, No. no. 5
    • (July - Aug. 1959) The moral side: symposium - the dignity of dying
    • Philippine Journal of Nursing Volume v. 28
    • Antonio Banson, Eduardo Austria, Luis D. Villafria, (Nov. - Dec. 1959) Observations on teh diagnosis and management of tuberculous peritonitis
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 14, No. no. 6
    • (Oct. 1960) Eighteenth Squibb Clinical Seminar
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 36, No. no. 10
    • (Oct. 1960) Surgery
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 36, No. no. 10
    • (March - April 1961) Accreditation of hospital training program
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 16, No. no. 2
    • Antonio Banson, Luis Villafria, (Feb. 1961) The effect of various forms of therapy on tuberculous lesions of abdominal organs
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 37, No. no. 2
    • (Oct. - Dec. 1961) The hospital with a conscience
    • Medical Forum Volume v. 4
    • Paulino D. Tolentino, Panfilo Sejano, Carlos Crisostomo, Edgardo Francisco, (Dec. 1961) Isolation perfuson in the treatment of cance: a preliminary report of fiva cases
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 16, No. no. 6
    • Serafin J. Juliano, Godofredo P. Torres, Julia C, Aricayos, (Jan. - Feb. 1962) A comparative study of various diagnostic procedures for the diagnosis of early gastric malignancy
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 17, No. no. 1
    • (Jan. - Feb. 1962) The point of view of hospital personnel relations - an outline
    • Philippine Journal of Nursing Volume v. 31
    • Paulino D. Tolentino, Carlos Crisostomo, Edgardo Francisco, (March - April 1962) Schistosoma portal hypertension: surgical treatment by splenorenal shunt
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 17, No. no. 2
    • Paulino D. Tolentino, Serafin J. Juliano, Carlos Crisostomo, Edgardo Francisco, (May 1963) Cellular chances in cancer following isolation perfusion using nitrogen mustard
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 39, No. no. 5
    • (Jan. - Feb. 1963) Dr R. Ma. Guerrero in the Philippine Medical Association
    • Sto. Tomas Journal of Medicine Volume v. 18, No. no. 1
    • Teodoro P. Nuguid, Carlos Crisostomo, (March - April 1963) Operation in the colon and rectum for cancer with particular reference to refinements in technic and the use of adjuvant chemotherapy
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 5, No. no. 1
    • Teodoro P. Nuguid, Carlos Crisostomo, (Jan. - March 1963) Operations in the colon and rectum for cancer with particular reference to refinements in technic and the use of adjuvant chemotherapy
    • Philippine Journal of Cancer Volume v. 5, No. no. 1
    • (July 1963) The press and the medical profession
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 39
    • Teodoro P. Nuguid, Carlos P. Crisostomo, Edgardo V. Francisco, Gerardo C. Guzman, (June 1964) Early detection of precancerous and cancerous lesions of the colon and anorectum by proctosigmoidoscopy
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 40, No. no. 6
    • (Jan. 1965) Tetanus prophylaxis
    • Philippine Journal of Medical Association Volume v. 41
    • Arlos P. Crisostomo, E. S. Rivera, A. J. Juliano, T.P. Nuguid, (Oct. 1968) Comparative study of the effect of various tissue substances on the growth of Ehrlich ascitic tumor in strong mice
    • FEU Medical Journal Volume v. 1, No. no. 1
    • (April 1966) Proposal for solution of our local hospital problems
    • Journal of the Philippine Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Volume v. 15, No. no. 4
    • M. C. Chiaco, S. W. R. Dee, (Oct. 1966) Report of the Philippine representatives to the sopital study tour in Finland
    • FEU Medical Journal Volume v. 1, No. no. 1
    • (Jan. - Feb. 1966) Residency training in surgery
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 21
    • (March 1967) Brief summary of the proceedings of the Medical Editors Conference
    • XXth Assembly of the World MEdical Association Volume v. 43
    • (July - August 1967) Medical care in the United States
    • Philippine Journal of Surgery and Surgical Specialties Volume v. 22, No. no. 4
    • C. P. Crisostomo, T. P. Pidlaoan, (May 1967) Splenectomy in schistosoma cirrhosis
    • FEU Medical Journal Volume v. 1, No. no. 2
    • (Dec. 1969) Medicare and the PMA (Editorial)
    • Journal of the Philippine Medical Association Volume v. 45, No. p. 707-708
    • (April 1970) PMA is doing its part
    • Journal of the Philippine Association Volume v. 46

Trainings

    • Residency training in surgery, 1940 - 1944, Doctors' Hospital, USA
    • Postgraduate in Surgery, 1953, Cook County Postgraduate Scholl in Medicine, USA
    • Hospital Study Tour of the International Federation of Hospitals in Finland, 1966, Finland
    • 1st World Conference, 1953, London
    • WHO Conference for Southeast Asia, 1962, Manila
    • WHO Conference for Southeast Asia, 1966, Korea
    • 20th World Medical Association, 1966, Manila