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ERNESTO DOMINGO, MD: The Newest National Scientist is a Liver Specialist and Medical Educator

            By virtue of Malacañang Proclamation 1979 issued on January 14, 2010, Academician Ernesto Domingo, MD has been conferred the title and rank of National Scientist. This is the highest award that the Philippine government can bestow on a Filipino scientist for his or her excellent accomplishments in science and technology. Among the outstanding scientific contributions of Dr. Domingo are: elucidation of the nature of schistosome granuloma and its role in hepatosplenic disease, the pathophysiology of hepatosplemic Schistosomiasis japonica in humans, the epidemiology and control of Hepatitis B and the pathophysiology, clinical behavior and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma in Filipinos. Results of his hepatitis research have been utilized in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs of the Department of Health and private sector on hepatitis B immunization and routine hepatitis B and C screening of blood for transfusion.

            An MD graduate of the University of the Philippines Manila in 1961 (eighth in a class of 100, third in the physicians’ licensure examination with a record 98% in internal medicine), Dr. Domingo specialized in internal medicine at the Philippine General Hospital and in Gastroenterology Hepatology at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

            In 1967, he joined the faculty of the Department of Medicine in the College of Medicine. He organized and led the Liver Study Group (LSG) which has conducted  major studies on viral hepatitis including hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and G. He and his LSG co-workers with the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) of the Department of Health have developed technologies associated with viral hepatitis. These include the rapid epidemiologic assessment for HbeAG positive individuals, production of diagnostic reagents for the testing of Hepatitis B virus carrier individuals and microparticle agglutination test for Hepatitis C. Findings from these studies were utilized by the Department of Health in developing the policy on hepatitis B immunization.

            Dr. Domingo developed and helped implement the clinical fellowship program in the clinical departments of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He established the Clinical Epidemiology Unit (CEU), now a Department, which served both government and private institutions. As Chancellor of UP Manila, he led the reorganization of UP Manila in 1988 that resulted in the establishment of the Institutes of Socio-Biomedical Research, which later became the National Institutes of Health. As Director of the UP Postgraduate School of Medicine he implemented a nationwide continuing medical education program for medical practitioners.

            His contributions to society have earned him numerous awards and recognitions. The Philippine College of Physicians awarded him the Distinguished Teacher Award in 1983 and the Most Distinguished Physicians Award (highest award) in 1994. He also received the Dangal ng Bayan Award from the Civil Service Commission, Saint Brother Miguel Febres Cordero Award by the De La Salle University, Outstanding Professional in Medicine by the University of the Philippines Alumni Association and Most Distinguished Alumnus by the UP College of Medicine among others. In 2008, he was designated Centennial Fellow of UP and in 2009, he became a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association.

            Dr. Domingo was elected Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) in 1992. In May 2009, NAST members approved the endorsement of Academician Domingo to President GM Arroyo to receive the Order of National Scientist.

            His scientific and technological publications total 122 original research papers published locally and abroad.  National Scientist Ernesto O. Domingo continues his research and service to the nation by acting as adviser and consultant to major research projects. He is a founding member of the Universal Clinical Health Care Advocacy Group which is conducting studies on the reforms needed to achieve universal health care for Filipinos. (Acd. Evelyn Mae T. Mendoza, Rowena V. Briones and Dexter Lorma A. Bautista).
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2010 06:35
 

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