Filipino doctors get Asian awards in Ophthalmology

Two doctors from the American Eye Center were recognized by the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in Bangkok for their contributions to the advancement of the practice of Ophthalmology in the region. 

Dr. Cesar Espiritu was accorded the Distinguished Service Award for his invaluable efforts to further the practice of Ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr. Sherman Valero was given the APAO Service Award for his contributions to the scientific program of the APAO congress.

APAO was founded in 1960 to promote the field of ophthalmology and foster cooperation among eye doctors in the Asia-Pacific region. The Philippines is one of the founding members of the distinguished organization.  More than 6,000 delegates gather annually to present and discuss the latest developments in all major ophthalmic subspecialties. 

“We are honored and proud that two doctors from the American Eye Center were recognized by the APAO for their significant contributions to ophthalmology,” said AEC chief operating officer Dr. Norman Aquino. 

“This is added testament to our claim of being one of the best providers of eye care not only in the Philippines, but in the region,” he said.

Aquino said the awards will also advance the country’s reputation in ophthalmic care. “This award says a lot about the caliber of eye care in the Philippines. Filipinos need not go abroad for the cutting edge procedures in eye care. The expertise is right here,” he said.

Dr. Espiritu earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of the Philippines and his ophthalmology training from UP – Philippine General Hospital. He completed his fellowship in cornea, uveitis and infectious diseases at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation at the University of California in San Francisco. 

Dr. Valero specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. He obtained his medical degree at the University of the East in 1993, his residency training in ophthalmology at the Makati Medical Center in 1998 and his fellowship training at the University of Hawaii and the University of Toronto. He is the immediate past president of the Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology and the current president of the Vitreoretina Society of the Philippines.

American Eye Center was founded in 1995 by a group of doctors from the University of the Philippines with the goal of providing the best available ophthalmic care to the public. It operates clinics at Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City and Greenbelt 5 in Makati City.​

Topics: American Eye Center , Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology , Cesar Espiritu
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