Tribute to Fallen Doctors and Servants

 

ROMEO GREGORIO N. MACASAET, MD, DPBA, FPSA
A HERO AND A SERVANT

The officials, faculty, alumni, support staff, students, and other members of the UP community extend their condolences and sympathies to the family of Romeo Gregorio N. Macasaet, MD, DPBA, FPSA, UP College of Medicine Class 1983,  who passed away on March 22, 2020.

We join our colleagues in mourning the loss of a brave man who, along with other health workers, risked his life to save patients afflicted with Covid 19.

No words can convey the depth of our sadness as we lost not just a compassionate doctor but a genuine friend, colleague, co-worker, father, and husband. He had impacted the lives of his patients and his fellow doctors and the nurses who worked with him and beside him.

Greg, an anesthesiologist and avid photographer, leaves behind not only a legacy of dedicated and competent service but also a brand of generosity that he extends to all.  He brings joy and laughter wherever he goes and this reflects his bright and energetic personality.

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Evalyn Talens-Macasaet, also an anesthesiologist and his classmate, and son Raymond.  They call themselves “weekend farmers” as they relax often in their farm in Batangas and Laguna.

Link: https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/2927

 

RAUL D. JARA, MD, FPCP, FPCC
INDEFATIGABLE TEACHER AND MENTOR, A LEADER AND HEALER

The officials, faculty, alumni, support staff, students, and other members of the UP community extend their condolences and sympathies to the family of Raul Diaz Jara, MD, UP College of Medicine Class 1975, who passed away on March 24, 2020 due to Covid-19.

He exemplified the holistic physician who is passionate about the art and science of medicine. He devoted his whole life to constant learning and teaching and molding and inspiring future doctors and other health workers. He believed in his students and regarded them as his children and the hope of future generations. He emboldened his trainees to aim for excellence in all their undertakings and develop their full potentials. He was the ever generous consultant and colleague in many ways.

Dr Jara is regarded as one of the pillars of cardiology in the country and served as president of the Philippine Heart Association. He was a leader very early in his career and later on headed various organisations and fulfilled important assignments especially in the field of training. He was a recipient of countless awards as outstanding teacher and leader, but he will be most remembered by friends, patients, and colleagues as a caring healer with a sweet smile.

He was not only a much loved cardiologist by his patients but was also a singer, writer, and poet. He was a model husband and father who always put his family first. He is survived by his wife Eleonor, five children and their spouses, and 10 grandchildren.

Link: https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/2928

 

FRANCISCO AVELINO SIY LUKBAN, MD, FPCP
EMBODIMENT OF COURAGE AND EXCELLENCE

The members of the UP community extend their condolences and sympathies to the family of Dr. Francisco Lukban, UP College of Medicine Class 1982, who passed away on March 25, 2020 due to Covid-19.

Dr. Lukban was a brilliant academician with a sharpness for details and an eloquence for principled viewpoints matched by a healthy respect for colleagues and others who he engaged with. Colleagues and trainees appreciated his fondness for bringing his discerning ideas and perspectives during discussions and encouraging critical thinking among his residents even on non-medical and non-scientific issues.

Kiko was very much loved by his elderly patients. He was a geriatric cardiologist who practiced holistic healing of patients, great mentor, and trusted and loyal friend to many. He was a passionate saxophone player.

He lived a full and happy life as a doctor, husband, father, and as a Filipino; always wanting to serve his fellowmen. Kiko was not afraid to die (like most UP doctors, he was active during the Martial Law days) and would have loved to volunteer as a frontline physician in PGH in these trying times.

He was most fulfilled by the achievements of his children and the birth of his grandson, whom he absolutely adored. He is survived by his wife Dr. Marissa; children Laureen and husband Marvyn, Claudine, and Leland; and grandson Noah.

Link:  https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/2934

 

SALVACION RODRIGUEZ GATCHALIAN, MD, FPPS, FPIDSP, FPSMID
A LIFE OF PURPOSE, SERVICE, AND LOVE

The members of the UP community mourn the loss of Dr. Salvacion R. Gatchalian, UP College of Medicine Class 1977, who passed away on March 26, 2020 due to Covid-19.

She was a pediatric infectious disease specialist with several decades of excellent and unwavering service to Filipino children through her engagements in the drive against communicable illnesses especially tuberculosis and vaccine-preventable diseases. She was a determined and dynamic president of the Philippine Pediatric Society at the time of her death.

Dr. Sally was a vibrant mentor and teacher who inspired many students, trainees, and health workers with her astuteness, gracious and positive disposition, and reassuring ways. Her colleagues and friends’ lives had been illuminated with her dedication, professionalism, kindness, and humor.

She had a bubbling joy about her and a warm, generous heart that endeared her to all her colleagues in the academe and profession, students, co-workers, and patients. Her many acts of kindness added to her beauty and grace.

She was a beloved and nurturing wife, mother, sister, and person - traits that reflected on her contributions to the nation’s health and on her legacy of service to Filipino children.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Eduardo R. Gatchalian and two children.

Link: https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/2930

 

LEANDRO L. RESURRECCION III, MD, FPCS, FPPS
PASSIONATE PHYSICIAN WITH A VISION

The members of the UP community extend their condolences and sympathies to the family of Dr. Leandro L. Resurreccion III, surgeon at the UP-Philippine General Hospital, who passed away on March 31, 2020 due to Covid-19.

Dr. Jun embodied a fiery passion for his profession and with this, a vision to advance pediatric transplant and minimally invasive surgery in the country. After his training in pediatric surgery at the Philippine General Hospital, he proceeded to Australia Royal Alexandria Hospital to specialize in pediatric transplant surgery. He was invited to stay on but he chose to come home.

He practiced his specialty with excellence, dedication, and compassion. Colleagues sought him out for his innovative approaches to difficult cases.   Many of the present crop of specialists look up to him as their beloved mentor. He loved healing people and saving lives. LLRIII left behind a legacy of kindness, charity, passion, and love. He touched so many hearts and he was able to achieve much along the way.

He was a proud father who reveled in the accomplishments of his children, Jan, Renz, Pia, and Cholo.

Link: https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/2935

 

DENNIS RAMON M. TUDTUD, MD, FPCP, FPSMO
EPITOME OF A SELFLESS AND DEVOUT HEALER

The members of the UP community extend their condolences and sympathies to the family of Dr. Dennis Ramon M. Tudtud, UP College of Medicine Class 1979, who passed away on March 31, 2020 due to Covid-19.

Dr. Dennis was an oncologist and former president of the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology whose dedication to serving others was without equal. A selfless man, he always put others before himself. His generosity, gentleness, and empathy permeated everything he did for his family, friends, patients, and community.

After completing his fellowship in Medical Oncology at the Philippine General Hospital, he heeded the call of the times and chose to serve in the provinces. He and his wife led fruitful lives serving patients in Cebu and adjacent areas and generously helping other people. He always gave his all and best whether it was teaching, mentoring, or raising his family. He even built a restaurant where doctors can hold small meetings and taste his well researched cooking.

Most of all, Dennis was passionate about God. He was a devout parishioner and member of The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals. He played the violin while his wife sang during masses. Sadly, his wife Dr. Helen, a pathologist, also succumbed to Covid four days before his death.

He was an adoring husband, an awesome father to Dennis Thomas and Deborah, and a doting grandfather.  

Link: https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/2944

 

 

KATHLYNNE ANNE ABAT SENEN, MD, FPPS, FPSNbM
INSPIRING VOICE OF A PASSIONATE HEALER

The members of the UP Manila community extend their condolences and sympathies to the family of Dr. Kathlynne Anne Abat-Senen, UP College of Medicine Class 2004, who passed away last August 23, 2020 after a long battle with COVID-19.

Kharen was an exceptionally talented, cherished friend and colleague, and  respected neonatologist who lived a purposeful life of loving and giving. She had an angelic voice that she used to honor God and inspire coworkers and the sick during this pandemic.

She finished her Pediatrics residency at the Philippine General Hospital and specialized in Neonatology also in the same institution. From her student years up to becoming a consultant; all her peers, subordinates, and teachers had admired her passion for learning; zest for life; compassion for her students and patients; dedication and love for her family and friends; and her other remarkable talents such as calligraphy, painting, photography, and most especially her pitch-perfect voice. She was a member of several choirs in and out of the hospital, and even managed to join an international choir before her  confinement in hospital.

Dr. Senen was a valuable member of the UP-PGH Department of Pediatrics and Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine where she developed the NRPh PLUS training program for newborn resuscitation and conducted many researches; but she became well known as the neonatal doctor of PGH and Valenzuela City who sang glorious music on social media. Her songs were likened to "brilliant sparks" that brightened the COVID-darkened horizon.

She is survived by her husband Dr. Jerome Senen and children Cyrene and Amiel.

Link:  https://www1.upm.edu.ph/node/3094