We envision a community of:

  • Clinician-academicians highly competent in the field of clinical anesthesiology, perioperative medicine and algology
  • Imbued with moral, ethical and spiritual vigor
  • Dedicated to a life of learning
  • Committed to the development and maintenance of pain-free Philippine Society
  • Inspired by love, compassion and respect for the dignity of human life
  • Anchored on the principles of truth, freedom, justice, love of country and the democratic way of life.


Guided by moral, ethical and spiritual values, we commit ourselves to excellence and leadership in the safe practice of anesthesiology, perioperative medicine and algology, globally competitive research, curriculum development and education


The Anesthesiology residency is a continuous 36- month (3 years) modular training program. The resident trainee is expected to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required of a competent specialist, to develop a critical mind to available scientific and clinical information and possess personal characteristics essential to the ethical and safe practice of medicine by the end of the training period.

Upon satisfactorily accomplishing the didactic, clinical and research output requirements of the residency program, a Certificate of Completion is granted by the UP College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital. Completion of the Residency Training qualifies the trainee to take the certifying examinations by the Philippine Board of Anesthesiology (PBA).


The program follows a modular system of training where a trainee is assigned to a service or subspecialty within his/her competency for three to six weeks. The trainees work with the faculty in patient management through referrals and direct supervision of the consultant-in-charge. This system promotes independent and critical thinking among the trainees and encourages continuous learning through updates brought up in conferences.



  • Acute Pain
  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Emergency and Trauma
  • General Surgery
  • Gynecology
  • Neuroanesthesia*
  • Non-Operating Room Anesthesia*
    • Bedside procedures
    • Cardiac catheterization laboratory
    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Ear Unit
    • Gastroenterology
    • Interventional radiology
    • Pediatric Hematologic Oncology
    • Radiologic oncology
  • Obstetrics*
  • Orthopedics
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Preoperative Assessment, Testing and Education Center (PATEC)


  • Burn
  • Emergency and Trauma
  • Gynecology
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Non-Operating Room Anesthesia
    • Bedside procedures
    • Cardiac catheterization laboratory
    • Diagnostic Radiology
    • Ear Unit
    • Gastroenterology
    • Interventional radiology
    • Pediatric Hematologic Oncology
    • Radiologic oncology
  • Obstetrics and Obstetrical Emergencies
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic-Spine
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Urology (Open Procedures)


  • Ambulatory Surgery
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dental Surgery
  • Emergency and Trauma
  • Neuroanesthesia
  • Obstetrics and Obstetrical Emergencies
  • Orthopedics
  • Operating Room Administration and Management
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Pediatric Surgery-Neonatal
  • Post-anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) and Critical Care
  • Regional Anesthesia
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Anesthesia
  • Urology (Minimally Invasive Procedures)


Members of the faculty give weekly lectures on topics under the PBA curriculum. Lectures are given in small groups where interactive exchange of ideas and questions are highly encouraged.

Plenary Conferences

Plenary conferences are held every other week where the monthly census, morbidity and mortality audit and clinical conferences are tackled. An open forum encourages the participation of attendees in giving inputs and clarification to the anesthetic challenges raised.

Section Conferences

A regular section conference takes place where trainees discuss with the faculty-in-charge the census, perioperative management and challenges encountered in the anesthetic management of patients.


The department is first in the country to integrate simulation in training. Simulation is a technique that replaces patient scenarios through artificial models that closely replicate the real setting in a fully interactive manner.

This modern method of teaching enables the trainee to be exposed in crisis scenarios without compromising patient safety through the Human Patient Simulator (HPS). A debriefing is conducted after each session where the scenario is processed in an interactive and non-judgmental manner.


The department puts an emphasis on one of its core pillars: research, as it encourages continuous search for knowledge and evidence-based learning. The trainees are required to present a case report on their second year of training and a research prior to graduation from the training program.

Trainee’s Welfare

The residents are given mandatory leaves on their second and third year of training. An annual department team building and an individual batch outing is scheduled to give the residents time to relax and unwind. In partnership with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the residents undergo regular group stress management workshop to ensure that the residents are coping with the stress of residency effectively.


The department evaluates the trainees in a multi-faceted manner to ensure a holistic progression in the training. The trainees are given quarterly written and oral examination to prepare them for the annual in-training examination and the diplomate board examinations given by PBA after the program. The trainees are also required to undergo workplace-based evaluations quarterly which consist of Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (practical examination), Case-based Discussion, Mini-Clinical Encounter Evaluation and Multi-source Feedback.




Considered to be the first Neuroanesthesia Fellowship program in the Philippines, it is a 1-year formal training program designed to develop a comprehensive and in-depth clinical exposure to the perioperative management of neurosurgical procedures. It provides outstanding didactic instructions and research opportunities in all aspects of neurosurgical anesthesia through the weekly section conference. The program offers updated information as well as the opportunity to apply current techniques. The fellows attend to both elective and emergency neurosurgical cases and do post-operative rounds in wards and intensive care units. The participation of fellows in local and international continuing medical education activities is highly prioritized by the section.


Obstetric Anesthesia fellowship training program provides the venue for clinical research where the anesthesiologist is provided with the opportunity to discover within the bounds of medical ethics, new methods and new techniques of alleviating labor pain as well as more suitable and improved anesthetic procedures for the parturient and her baby. Obstetric Anesthesia is a 1-year program of supervised training followed by another year of clinical research. The course consists of didactic activities and tutorials, conferences, wet clinics, basic and clinical research, participation in postgraduate courses and course evaluation through written and oral/practical examination.


The Pediatric Anesthesia fellowship training program was initiated to train anesthesiologists in the perioperative care of children. It is a 1-year program that provides intensive training in the perioperative anesthetic management of the pediatric patient for elective and emergency surgeries in simple and complicated cases. The program focuses on the anatomic, physiologic and pharmacologic considerations unique to the pediatric patient and identifies existing medical and anesthetic problems inherent to a case, anticipates their occurrence during the perioperative period, and to apply appropriate corrective measures.


Considered to be the first Pain Management fellowship in the country, the 2-year program aims to develop among clinical fellows the knowledge and understanding of the concepts of pain mechanisms, perception and management, and the skills essential to their clinical application. The goal is to optimize patient outcomes by training well-rounded algologists who could manage pain in all its stages, severity and mechanisms.


The Thoracic and Cardiovascular Anesthesia fellowship training program is a 2-year program designed for clinical and in-depth research expertise among fellows. Programs are individualized to meet the goals of successful applicants. Generally, clinical experience is the focus of the 1st year fellowship training. The 2nd year center on clinical research and teaching. The training aims to develop the knowledge and understanding of all aspects of perioperative care of cardiothoracic patients and skills essential to their clinical applications.


The Observership Program is offered in various subspecialty areas, more commonly in Neuroanesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Pain Management, Pediatric Anesthesia and Thoracic and Cardiovascular Anesthesia. It is offered to trainees from other institutions with PBA accredited training programs to immerse into the service and training activities of the department under a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Philippine General Hospital and the PBA-accredited training institution. The program helps the other institution fulfill the PBA’s requirement of clinical cases in subspecialties.

List of Active Faculty Members

Grace Anne Banson Herbosa, MD, DPBA, FPSA

Patricia Lorna O. Cruz, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Vice Chair for Undergraduate Concerns

Mary Ellen M. Chiong-Perez, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Vice Chair for Adm. & Logistic Concerns

Geraldine Raphaela B. Jose, MD, DPBA, FPSA,
Vice Chair for Training

Ma. Concepcion L. Cruz, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Vice Chair for Clinical Services & Research

  • Aspi, Maria Teresita B., MD, DPBA
  • Bandola, Frederick C., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Bernardo, Serafin V L., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Cabaluna, Ma. Lourdes Josefina K., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Camagay, Iluminada T, MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Catabijan, Carlo DG., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Catalan, Grace G. MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Catangui-Cano, Penafrancia DR, MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Dela Paz, Cornelio A., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Epino, Kathrina Isabel M., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Esguerra, Vidal A., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Espejo, Karel Ann A. MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Espina-Bertoso, Sheila B., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Fellizar, Loreto A., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Flores, Fides G., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Gumintad, Gina O., MD, DPBA
  • Hernando, Imelda L., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Hilvano-Corsiga, Anna Margarita F., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Mangubat, Antonio Alan S., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Marcial, Karmi Margaret G., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Ocubillo, Jo-An Trilde F., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Odi, Alexandra Nina C., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Odi, Tygran Romeo C. MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Reyes, Catherine Renee B., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Santos, Maria Dolma G., DPBA, FPSA
  • Simon, Edgard M., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Sy Su, Karl Matthew C., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Tayao, Luretta E.., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Torres, Neil Stephen Angelo A., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Valera, Benjamin Daniel S., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Villa, Dominic D., MDM, DPBA, FPSA
  • Villa, Evangeline K., MD, DPBA, FPSA
  • Villano, Emmanuell Q., MD, DPBA, FPSA

Dr. Quintin J. Gomez Post-anesthesia Care Unit

A 40-bed capacity recovery unit equipped with centralized monitoring and staffed with nurses trained to handle post-operative and critically-ill patients.

Conference Room and Lecture Rooms

The department is equipped with a conference room where plenary conferences are held and smaller lecture rooms for small group discussions and pocket conferences.


The library holds a collection of anesthesia books. The university provides 24/7 wifi connection essential for accessing online journals and for updating the patient database system (AENDICUS 2).

Modern Anesthesia Machines and Equipment

The department recently updated its equipment with top-of-the-line anesthesia machines, monitors capable of basic and advanced monitoring. advanced airway devices, fluid and medication delivery systems and other accessories.

Simulation Room

Equipped with the advanced Human Patient Simulator (HPS), the programmable dummy simulates real life crises which trainees manage while being observed and evaluated. With the ongoing renovations, the Simulation Room will be moved to an operating suite soon.

Resident’s Lounge

Renovated in 2014 through the generous efforts of its alumni, the resident’s lounge was designed to provide the trainees a conducive and comfortable place for resting and studying. The complex is divided into the study hall, dining hall, sleeping area, storage area and 2 bathrooms.

University of the Philippines College of Medicine – 3rd Floor, Main Building,
Department of Anesthesiology,
Philippine General Hospital
Taft Avenue, Manila 1000
TELEPHONE: 554-8400 loc. 3322
MOBILE: 0922 8478831


# Faculty Name
33 Patricia Lorna Cruz
57 Karl Matthew Sy Su
125 Ma Concepcion Cruz
292 Maria Dolma Gudez-Santos
334 Evangeline Villa
348 Dominic Villa
519 Geraldine Raphaela Jose
548 Antonio Alan Mangubat
600 Grace Catalan
611 Maria Teresita Aspi
617 Jo-An Trilde Ocubillo
618 Catherine Renee Reyes
599 Mary Ellen Perez
739 Serafin V Bernardo
753 Anna Margarita Corsiga
879 Alexandra Nina Odi
898 Fides Galvez-Flores
986 Tygran Romeo Odi
1019 Luretta Enecio-Tayao
1400 Grace Anne Banson-Herbosa