Friday, 23 March 2018

A Tribute to a Man Who has Touched Lives

This year’s Philippine Society of Gastroenterology Presidential Awardee is no less than the statesman, Dr. Jesus Y. Perez, Jr. The demeanor that he brings to a meeting or a room always exudes an aura of class and orderliness. Dr. Perez; Jess to his friends has been a good example to the younger members of the Society. During his early years, he has already possessed qualities that befit a mentor and a leader when he joined the University of Santo Tomas, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. His time with the University paved the way for a successful pre-residency and residency program, which became the template for accepting trainees throughout the country. He also has been instrumental in creating a gastroenterology-training program in the same institution. He later became the Dean of the St. Luke’s Medical Center William H. Quasha Memorial School of Medicine for 6 years and retired as Dean Emeritus. He has influenced hundreds if not thousands of physicians with his duties as an academician.

Dr. Perez is both a leader and a man of vision. He was a founding father of the Philippine Society of Gastroenterology and has served as its President. He also was a Past president of the Philippine Society of Digestive Endoscopy and has worked as a Chairman of the Philippine Specialty Board of Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy. His achievements did not end within the confines of the Philippine archipelago. He represented the country as an officer of the Asia-Pacific Society of Digestive Endoscopy and the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy.

Even with all his commitments, he still finds time to help organize medical missions and nutrition programs around the nation and has authored researches with publications in both national and international journals.

The committee believes that aside from his numerous accolades, Dr. Perez has in one way or another touched the lives of a lot of physicians and fellow countrymen through his selfless academic career, his visions, leadership as well as his humanitarian heart. His endeavors make it very difficult to emulate. He is truly deserving of this honor to be given as a posthumous award.

Being in the heart of Luzon, we have envisioned to initiate and establish common grounds for our mission as gastroenterologists. One baby step at a time, and one small voice after another, the birth of the PSG CENTRAL LUZON CHAPTER all started out with the idea to embark on a noble journey, to branch from common paths, to rethink former approaches but still keeping the vision and values upheld by our Society's tradition.

As such, we endeavor to imprint an indelible mark to the local and national community as well. Actually the group started, albeit on informal status, with a CENTRAL LUZON GI Lecture Series in Angeles University Foundation Medical Center about twelve years ago. It was in 2006 when our now President-elect, Dr. Augusto Jose Galang, was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine of the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center when several gastroenterologists from Central Luzon and Manila were invited as speakers to deliver lectures to residents, nurses, consultants from other departments, and even family physicians and general practitioners. In line with this, a pending proposal to establish CLARK (Central Luzon Alimentary Researchers Kollaboration) whose office to be housed in Angeles University Foundation Medical Center to be named ACIDD - AUFMC Center for Investigation of Digestive Diseases. This, in addition to several Post-graduate courses started the journey towards a dream.

PSG Mission & Vision

The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology envisions itself as an organization of competent gastroenterologists, imbued with a high level of moral and ethical values, committed to the practice of the specialty in the Philippines and dedicated to the high standards of learning, training and cure of digestive disorders. 


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