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Hernan M. Reyes, M.D., FACS


Jacinto T. Rios, M.D.

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Bayani S. Ignacio, M.D.

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Edgardo Alday, M.D.


Roberto de Ocampo, M.D.


Sariel G. Ablaza, M.D.


Philip S. Chua, M.D., FACS, FPCS.

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Neopito L. Robles, M.D . view more info

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Rafael Zaragosa, M.D., FACS

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Anatolio B. Cruz, M.D.

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Celso N. Carandang, M.D.


Juan M. Montero, M.D., FACS

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Mel P. Simon, M.D., FACS

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Catalino B. Mendoza, Jr., M.D.

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Daniel C. Fabito, M.D., FACS

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Antonio T. Donato, M.D., FACS

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Rodrigo B. Floro, M.D. view more info

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Arturo S. Basa, M.D., FACS

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Francisca Tolete-Velcek M.D., FACS, FPCS

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Manuel N. Roco, M. D.

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Alfonso A. Lopez, M.D.

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Domingo T. Alvear, M.D., FACS

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Antonio R. Abiog, M.D.

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Manuel A. Cacdac, M.D.


Pacifico D. Dorado, M.D.


Napoleon A. Valdez, M. D.


Rolando M. Mendiola, M.D.


Edward E. Quiros, M.D., FACS


Enrico I. Garcia, M. D.


Edgardo S. Barcelona, M.D., FACS


Oscar M. Laserna, M.D., FACS


Reynaldo G. Castillo, M.D. view more info

2008 - 2009

Reynaldo Lee-Llacer, M.D.


Bernie Palomares, M.D.


Agaton Gualberto, M.D.


Reynaldo Cordero, M.D.


Leo Madarang, M.D.


Rosario Laserna, M.D.


Carl Calica, M.D.


Corazon Quiros, M.D.

Hernan M. Reyes, M.D., FACS
Founding President

Dr. Reyes is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Class 1957. He is married to Dolores Cruz Reyes, RN. They have five children, Cynthia Reyes, BA, MA,Ed, PhD,Ed, Michael Reyes, BS, MS, Econ, M.D., Maria Reyes, BS, M.D., Patricia Reyes, BS, MS, Econ, Catheirne Rockey, BS, Fine Arts and 10 grandchildren.

Postgraduate Training:
Rotating Internship: University of Santo Tomas Hospitals,
1956 – 1957, ( Manila, Philippines)

Rotating Internship:
Cook County Hospital, Chicago, IL, 1958 – 1959

( General and Pediatric Surgery), Cook County
Hospital, Chicago, IL 1960 - 1965 Research Fellow, Surgery, Hektoen Institute of Medical Research 1964 – 1965

Board Certification:
American Board of Surgery, 1965, Cert. # 13152
ABS, Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1975,
Cert. # 173; re-certified in Pediatric Surgery to Y - 2006

Licensure: Philippines:
1957 (inactive)
Indiana (Cert. # 22318), inactive
Illinois (Cert. # 36 –42084), inactive
Florida (Cert. # ME 83698), active, expires 01/31/08

Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor of Surgery, 1969 – 1973; Associate
Professor of Surgery, 1973 – 1976, Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago Professor of Surgery, University of Illinois College of
Medicine at Chicago, 1976 – 1994
Professor of Surgery, Rush Medical College of Rush
University, Chicago, IL, 1994 – 08/31/01; Emeritus,
Professor of Surgery, 8/31/01 Director, Surgical Academic Programs, Rush Medical
College at Cook County Hospital, 1994 – 1998
Assistant Dean for Surgical Programs, Rush Medical
College at Cook County Hospital, 1996 – 1998

Clinical/Academic Appointments:
Attending Surgeon, Wyler Children’s Hospital,
University of Chicago, 1969 – 1976
Director Emergency Surgical Services, Wyler Children’s Hospital, 1973 – 1976
Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, University of Illinois
Hospital, Chicago, 1976 – 1990
Chairman, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Cook County
Hospital, Chicago, 1976 – 1992
Acting Chairman, Department of Surgery, Cook County
Hospital, Chicago, 1986Chairman,
Department of Surgery, Cook County Hospital,Chicago, 1987 – 1998;
Emeritus, Sept. 1, 1998.Attending Pediatric Surgeon, Children’s
Hospital of Southwest Florida, 2001 to 2004.
Appointments related to Graduate and Postgraduate

Member, Residency Review Committee for Surgery, ACGME, 1993 – 1999 Associate Examiner, American Board of Surgery; 1975, 1979, 1985, 1989
Associate Examiner, American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, 1994
Co-Director, Residency Program in General Surgery,
University of Illinois Program, 1986 – 1992
Associate Program Director, General Surgery
Residency Program, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s
Medical Center, 1994 – 1998
Co-Chairman, Residency Advisory Committee, General
Surgery, Rush Program, 1994 – 1998

Medical Society Appointments:

(Member of 30 local, national and international Surgical Societies including the American Surgical Association, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Pediatric Surgical Association, American Association For The Surgery of Trauma, etc.)

Leadership Roles:

Founding President, Society of Philippine Surgeons in
America, 1972 – 1975
President, Illinois Pediatric Surgical Association, 1976
Chairman, Pediatric Trauma Subcommittee, Chicago
Committee on Trauma, ACS, 1987
Board of Governor, Illinois Surgical Society, 1988-1991
Vice-President, Chicago Surgical Society, 1988
President, Chicago Medical Society, Wood Street Branch, 1993
Chairman, Chicago Committee on Trauma of the
American College of Surgeons, 1994 - 1997
Member, APSA Trauma Committee, 1995 – 1996
Chairman, Advisory Committee on Public Health
Policy, Chicago Medical Society, 1995 – 1996
President, Illinois Surgical Society, 1995
Governor at Large, Metropolitan Chicago Chapter,
American College of Surgeons, 1997 – 2000

Appointment to City and State Government Departments and Committees: (Voluntary, non salaried positions) Chicago Board of Health; Member, 1985 – 1989, Vice President, 1989 Chairman, Pediatric Trauma Oversight Committee Of the Department of Health, City of Chicago,1986 ( The Committee developed Rules and Regulations regarding designation of Level IPediatric Trauma Centers in Metropolitan Chicago in 1986, later incorporated into the State system.)

Pediatric Trauma Representative to the Adult Trauma Technical Advisory Committee of the City Of Chicago Department of Health, 1989 Member, Forensic Advisory Board to the Attorney General’s Office, Illinois, 1994 Member, Medical Licensing Board, State of Illinois, 1996 – 2002 (Resigned 1998 due to relocation.)

Scholarly Productivity:
Directed 19 funded clinical and basic research activities; 73 Publications in Peer Reviewed Journals; 22 Book Chapters; 41 published Bulletins and Abstracts and numerous presentations at local, regional and national surgical Association meetings.



First Foreign Medical Graduate accepted to the Residency program in General Surgery at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Program accepts 7 trainees to the categorical program each year; 4 of the positions are assigned for distribution among the four (4) medical schools in Chicago (1 position/ medical school), leaving 3 positions open for competition among at least 200 applicants from US Medical school graduates.

As Chairman of the Pediatric Trauma Oversight Committee of 12 distinguished individuals appointed by the President of the Board of Health of the City of Chicago, he provided the leadership in establishing Pediatric Trauma Centers in the City of Chicago in 1987, thus centralizing the care of seriously injured Children to designated Pediatric Trauma Centers only. This resulted in a dramatic reduction in the mortality and morbidity rates of seriously injured children as compared to previously, when children were brought to the nearest Hospital by Paramedics. This system is now incorporated as a statewide system in the State of Illinois and still functions with rules and regulations as originally established.

The first part time member of the Faculty appointed to the Department of Surgery, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery from Assistant Professor within a period of 4 years. At that Medical School, he was voted three consecutive years as one of twenty best teachers by the graduating medical school class. He further received commendation for his teaching by the General Surgery residents in the program.

The first and only Foreign Medical School Graduate appointed as permanent Chairman of the Department of Surgery of Cook County Hospital, one of the largest Charity Hospital with its own free standing academic graduate medical education programs in the Country, a position he held from 1986 to the time of his retirement in 1998. The Department of Surgery includes all the Surgical Specialties as separate Divisions (Burn; Trauma; Cardiothoracic Surgery, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery; General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Surgical Oncology, Neurosurgery, Dentistry and Oral Surgery, Urology. He received Best Teacher Awards from Chief Residents in both General Surgery residency programs of the University of Illinois and Rush University Medical Center.

One of two Filipino-American Surgeons to date who was invited and accepted as member of the American Surgical Association, the oldest and most prestigious Surgical Organization in the United States. The other Fil-Am Surgeon is Dr. Anatolio Cruz of the University of Texas, San Antonio, Chief of Surgical Oncology, a 1956 graduate of the University of the Philippines.

Only Filipino American Physician to date who was appointed as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery, a twelve member national body appointed for a term of six years under the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as one of four representatives from the Council of Education of the AMA. Other members appointed represent the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery. This body review all residency programs in Surgery in this Country and Puerto Rico for purposes of accrediting new programs and continued accreditation or non-accreditation of existing programs.

Served as an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Surgery in the specialty of General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. Only Filipino Physician to date who was appointed to the Chicago Board of Health, City of Chicago as member and later Vice President during the term of office of Mayor Harold Washington.

Only Filipino Physician to date appointed as a member of the Illinois Professional Medical Board by Governor Jim Edgar.

Organized and led a delegation of Filipino Physicians to lobby Congress and the Executive Branch of Government regarding the unfair provisions of PL 94-484, the Health Profession Education Assistance Act of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1976 and 1977. With the support of other political action groups, the law was ultimately amended removing the new restrictions and paving the way for a large number of foreign medical graduates residing in this country who were already in active practice to receive their permanent residence visa.

Co-founded the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America and as the Founding President and Founding Chairman of the Continuing Education Committee, he obtained approval of its CME program for Category I credit from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education of the AMA, a rare accomplishment for an ethnic organization. This accreditation continues to this day.

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