UST Hospital Eye Institute inaugurated ~ Pinoy Media

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

UST Hospital Eye Institute inaugurated

UST Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio V. Dagohoy, O.P. led the blessing rites and inauguration of the newly established UST Hospital (USTH) Eye Institute in a celebration coinciding with the opening of the Sight Saving Month last August 15 at the USTH Benavides Cancer Institute Auditorium.

The elevation of the USTH Eye Center to the USTH Eye Institute—a collaborative effort of Department of Ophthalmology Chair Dr. Reynaldo M. Javate, Eye Center Unit Head Dr. Jesus Eusebio, Jr., faculty, and staff—places the University hospital at the forefront of patient care, training, and research through its state-of-the-art facilities.

Through the Eye Institute, the USTH will be able to provide better patient care programs and develop an expertise marked by advancement and innovation.

By definition, an eye institute is a well-established organization bound by shared vision, objectives, and commitment to patient care, research, education—which includes residency training and fellowship—and community outreach. An eye center, meanwhile, is a place where diagnostic eye examinations and surgeries are performed.

Among the attendees of the opening were Director for Finance and Administration Ms. Isidora Lee; Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Regent Fr. Angel Aparicio, O.P.; Grants, Endowments, and Partnerships in Higher Education Director Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P.; Pastoral Care Services Director Fr. Arturo Pestin, O.P.,; Medicine Assistant Dean Dr. Ma. Lourdes Domingo-Maglinao; Office of Public Affairs Director Assoc. Prof. Giovanna Fontanilla; Department of Medical Education and Research Chair Dr. Marcellus Francis Ramirez.

Also present in the event were the former chairs of the USTH Department of Ophthalmology, namely: Dr. Cosme Naval, Dr. Jose Oconer, Dr. Jacinto Bautista, and Dr. Jose Duran.

The USTH Eye Institute has it for its roots the USTH Department of Ophthalmology incepted in 1905 under the leadership of Dr. Severino Alberto. In 1949, the small unit launched and implemented its own residency program through Dr. Constantino Manahan.

In 1997, the USTH Eye Center, the immediate predecessor of the Eye Institute, was created under the auspices of Oconer.
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