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Accredited Training Institutions


Accredited Training Institutions


Figure 02 2019 Consultant Staff and Postgraduates


In June of 1956, the University of the East Board of Trustees headed by Mr. Francisco Dalupan Jr., opened the University of the East, College of Medicine with Dr. Jose Cuyegkeng as acting dean.  In May of the following year, the University of the East Board of Trustees approved the conversion of the University of the East, College of Medicine into a separate non-stock, non-profit foundation dedicated to medical instruction and research.  This was a first in the history of private education in the Philippines.  It began the concept of educational philanthropy in the country.

The following month, the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission and became the first non-sectarian private educational institution established on a completely non-profit basis in the Philippines.  In June 1957, President Carlos Garcia and Mrs. Luz Banzon-Magsaysay stood as sponsors in the Medical Center Inauguration.  The Medical Center was named after the late President Ramon Magsaysay who died in a plane crash in 1957.

Almost three years later, on January 10, 1960 the UERM Hospital was founded.  From the start most of the specialties were available but Urology service started in 1969.  Urology was under the Department of Surgery as it is today.  The first Chairman of the Department of Surgery was Dr. Ricardo Sebastian. 

   The first Urologist who joined the faculty in UERMMMC was Dr. Jose Galvez Jr. who was also the first Section Chief and the first secretary-treasurer of the Philippine Urological Association (PUA).  Dr. Galvez practiced and taught in UERMMMC for a few years and after he left, Dr. Cesar G. Jacinto, Sr. and Dr. Achilles G. Bartolome who trained from abroad became faculty of the Department of Surgery, Dr. Jacinto as fulltime and Dr. Bartolome as part-time.  At that time, it was the General Surgery residents who benefited from their expertise since there was no urology training program present at that time. 

The UERMMMCI Urology Resident Training Program

In 1978, the birth of the first subspecialty residency training in UERMMMC and one of the first in the country was conceived by Dr. Abelardo M. Prodigalidad when he returned from the United States after training in Urology at New York University-Bellevue Medical Center-Veterans Administration Hospital-Manhattan, New York, and having his Fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan, New York. 

Dr. Prodigalidad was initially appointed as Instructor in Urology, Department of Surgery in February 1973.  The faculty of urology at that time consisted of Dr. Cesar Jacinto and Dr. Achilles Bartolome and the chairman of the Department of Surgery was Dr. Crisostomo Arcilla.  With Dr. Prodigalidad at the forefront and with the help of Drs. Jacinto and Bartolome, the residency training program was approved by the UERMMMC administration paving the way for the acceptance of Dr. Jose Albert C. Reyes III as the first Urology Resident in 1978.  The Urology training program was granted full accreditation by the Philippine Board of Urology in 1981.

From its birth in 1978 the program has produced 16 urologists, having their respective practices in Metro Manila and the provinces. From the crop of graduates, the program was able to produce urologists who have become the present movers of urology in the country. 

The Philippines’ thirteenth and the UERMMMC’s first renal transplant was done on January 1973 by a team composed of Drs. Enrique Ona, Cesar Jacinto, Leo Lazo, Potenciano Baccay Jr., Gregorio Patacsil, Cornelia Lukban, Ernesto Gutierrez, Napoleon Magpantay, Ramon Salumbides, Alfredo Marte and Lesley Tiongco.  In 1996, the Renal Transplantation Service was re-established with Dr. Angel Joaquin M. Amante at the helm.  This revived renal transplantation in the center after being shelved since the 1970’s.

The Minimally Invasive Surgery Service of the Department of Surgery was established in 2001 under Dr. Miguel C. Mendoza, this later became the Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery in 2004.  The first Laparoscopic Varicocoelectomy (2003) and the first hand assisted laparoscopic ablative nephrectomy (2004) were performed by Dr. Jose Vicente T. Prodigalidad.  The first full laparoscopic nephrectomy was performed in 2005 by Dr. Jose Benito A. Abraham.  Dr. Paul Anthony L. Sunga finished his training in Uro-oncology and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Singapore General Hospital in 2006.  He performed the first Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy together with Dr. Miguel C. Mendoza on the same year.  In 2013, the Section of Urology has done its first Ureteroscopic Intracorporeal Lithotripsy using the Sphinx Holmium LASER, serving both pay and charity patients.  Moreover, the first Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy was performed by Dr. Paul Anthony L. Sunga and Dr. Jose Benito A. Abraham in September 2013. The first Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy was performed by Dr. Paul Anthony L. Sunga and Dr. Jose Benito A. Abraham in September 2013.  Another first in UERM is the Laparoscopic Microwave Needle Ablation of Renal Mass done by Dr. Jose Benito A. Abraham last October 2018.  The first UERM Transurethral Thulium Laser Resection of the Prostate was performed by Dr. Cesar Alfred C. Alaban in December 2017.  He was also the first surgeon to treat a renal calculus using mini-PCNL approach in June 2019.

The Section of Urology also has had excellent performance during the urology board exams.  Dr. Michael Y. Leh, Dr. Antonio L. Anastacio and Dr. Cesar D. Jacinto topped the written exams. Presently 88% of the graduates are diplomates of the Philippine Board of Urology.  Dr. Rommel Aquino migrated to the United States of America without taking the board exam.

Of the sixteen graduates of the UERMMMC training program, three have been PUA presidents, namely Dr. Jose Albert C. Reyes III, Antonio L. Anastacio and Dr. Michael Y. Leh.  Two of the graduates have also been Chairman of the Philippine Board of Urology: Dr. Jose Albert C. Reyes III and Dr. Antonio L. Anastacio. 

Three of our graduates are also members of the Executive Council of the Urological Association of Asia (UAA) and the Federation of ASEAN Urological Association.  They are Drs. Jose Albert C. Reyes III, Antonio L. Anastacio and Michael Y. Leh. 

Presently, UERMMMCI has a 235-bed capacity, 139 beds for private patients and 96 beds for service patients. It has full accreditation in all medical specialty training such as Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Pathology and Radiology. The Department has full accreditation under the PCS Accreditation committee. The Department of Surgery which has 20 charity beds, the general surgery ward has a divided urology ward within, which has 8 urology beds (4 female and 4 male).  Two more beds at the pediatric ward are allotted for pediatric urology patients.  Section of Urology. Dr. David F. Geollegue, Jr., is presently the Chairman of the Department of Surgery while Dr. Paul Anthony L. Sunga is the current Chief of the Section of Urology.  In January 2020, the rotation with the affiliate hospital, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, started for General Urology services. 

Vision-Mission of the Section of Urology

The Vision:

A premier training institution dedicated to excellence in urologic education, research and patient care by year 2020. 

The Mission:

  • Provide quality education to medical students and residents
  • Produce highly competent and ethical urologists with leadership qualities 
  • Generate high quality researches for the improvement of urologic care 
  • Provide general and subspecialty urologic services in accordance with international standards to render optimum patient care

What the Program can offer

  • Practical, hands-on experience with cancer surgery, particularly complex surgery with more than adequate numbers
  • Practical experience with systemic therapy 
  • Regular multidisciplinary meetings and conferences
  • Exposure to minimally invasive cancer surgery
  • Exposure to clinical trials
  • Optional rotation in a University-based cancer center in the US during the final year of training

Requirements for Acceptance

  • Each prospective applicant should be either a graduate of an accredited Urology training program or a senior resident of an accredited program who will be graduating in time to start the fellowship
  • Letter of intent addressed to the program director
  • Three letters of recommendation from consultants, diplomates of the PUA, who will be able to personally vouch for the character and credentials of the applicant
  • A written entrance exam will be given on a designated day
  • A panel interview conducted by the members of the fellowship program’s core training group
  • All applicants who are accepted will be required to be fully certified Diplomates of the Philippine Board of Urology or be certified as such during the course of their 2-year fellowship training to be able to qualify for graduation from the program

Expected Outcomes for Graduates

  • Every graduate of the program is expected to be proficient as head of a multidisciplinary team handling all Urologic Cancers especially the 3 mainstream cancers (Prostate, Kidney and Urothelial cancer)
  • Acquired expertise in the listed index operations, complicated operations and competent handling of complications including proficiency in systemic therapy
  • Expertise in the management of all aspects of cancer care for Urology from preoperative work-up and preparation to adjuvant therapy post-surgery and follow-up care.  The graduate is expected to be extremely competent in the management of cancer from early stage to metastatic disease including non-surgical modalities (systemic therapy, radiation therapy, nutrition, and palliative care)
  • The ultimate goal of the program is to produce an expert in the field who will be able to strengthen an existing residency program in Urology as a trainer and serve as a resource person for Urologic cancer in any multidisciplinary meeting or scientific forum


Urology Consultant Staff

  1. Paul Anthony L. Sunga, MD, DPBU, FPUA, FPCS, F.P.A.L.E.S.

Section Chief

  1. Cesar Alfred C. Alaban, MD, DPBU, FPUA, FPCS, MMHoA

Residency Training Officer

  1. Alvin P. Anastacio, MD, DPBU, FPUA
  2. Antonio L. Anastacio, MD, DPBU, FPUA, FPCS, MEM
  3. Samuel Vincent G. Yrastorza, MD, DPBU, FPUA, FPCS, MMHoA
  4. Jose Benito A. Abraham, MD, DPBU, FPUA, FPCS, F.P.A.L.E.S.
  5. Z Raymond Anthony T. Cablitas, MD, DPBU, FPUA
  6. Terence Clyde H. Depaynos, MD, DPBU, FPUA
  7. Pacifico M. Garcia, MD, DPBU, FPUA, FPCS
  8. Godofredo Victor B. Gasa, MD, DPBU, FPUA
  9. Patrick H. Tuliao, MD, DPBU, FPUA 

Urology Resident Staff

  1. Angelo Russell D. Chua, MD – 6th Year Resident
  2. Emmanuel Austin A. Banzon, Jr., MD – 3rd Year Resident
  3. Maria Immanuelle C. Devela, MD – 1st Year Resident

Urology Training Program

The training is a straight 6 year program involving an initial 2 year rotation in General Surgery and then 4 years of Urology proper training.

Requirements for Application:

  1. Application letter addressed to the: 
  2. Chairman of Department of Surgery
  3. Section Chief of Urology
  4. Curriculum Vitae
  5. Recommendation letter from two consultants
  6. Transcript of records
  7. Doctor of medicine diploma
  8. PRC License card, board rating and certificate

Services Offered

UERM offers diagnostic and therapeutic services for Adult & Pediatric Urology, Female Urology, Endourology, Urologic Oncology, Male Infertility, and Trauma & Urologic Emergencies.  Diagnostics include urinary tract imaging with services offered for retrograde urethrogram, cystogram, voiding cystourethrogram and antegrade nephrostogram.

Surgical Procedures Offered

The operating room is equipped with instruments and video-assisted devices for open, endoscopic and endoluminal surgeries for the adrenal gland, kidney, ureter, urinary bladder, prostate, penis, urethra, spermatic cord, testis and scrotum.

Surgeries for Urinary Tract Stone:

  1. Nephrolithotomy (Open or Endoscopic)
  2. Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy
  3. Retrograde Intrarenal Surgery
  4. Ureterolithotomy (Open or Endoscopic)
  5. Ureteroscopy with Laser Lithotripsy
  6. Cystolithotomy (Open or Endoscopic)
  7. Urethrocystoscopy with Ultrasonic or Laser Lithotripsy

Surgeries for Uro-Oncology

  1. Radical Nephrectomy and Partial Nephrectomy (Open or Endoscopic)
  2. Adrenalectomy (Open or Endoscopic)
  3. Retroperitoneal Mass Excision
  4. Transurethral Resection of Bladder Tumor and Instillation of Intravesical Chemotherapy
  5. Radical Cystectomy and Partial Cystectomy
  6. Radical Prostatectomy
  7. Radical Orchiectomy
  8. Penectomy

Surgeries for Benign Conditions

  1. Transurethral Resection of the Prostate (Laser or Electrocautery)
  2. Simple Prostatectomy
  3. Herniorrhaphy
  4. Varicocelectomy
  5. Hydrocelectomy
    6. Vasectomy
  6. Internal Urethrotomy
  7. Orchidopexy
  8. Urethroplasty 

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