Secretary Enrique T. Ona

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Secretary Ona

The current Philippine Secretary of Health. On June 29, 2010, President Benigno Aquino III picked him as his Secretary of Health.

Dr. Ona hails from Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur. He is the son of the first Provincial Health Officer of Zamboanga del Sur and a periculture nurse.

Before being appointed by Benigno Aquino III to the Health secretary post, Ona was the executive director of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, the post he held for 11 years and has been the president of the Transplantation Society of the Philippines since 1989. He also holds a medical license in the State of Massachusetts, U.S.A.

 
PERSONAL DATA
Place of Birth Sagay City, Negros Occidental
Civil Status Married
E-mail etona@co.doh.gov.ph
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
Pre-Medicine and Bachelor of Science University of the Philippines, Diliman Quezon City, 1957
Doctor of Medicine University of the Philippines Manila, 1962
POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION
Rotating Internship University of the Philippines
Philippine General Hospital, 1961-1962

Buffalo General Hospital
Buffalo New York, U.S.A. 1962-1963

Surgical Residency 1st yr.-3rd yr. – Long Island College Hospital
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., 1966-1967

4th yr. (Chief Resident)
Long Island College Hospital
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., 1966-1967

5th yr. (Fellowship in Surgery)
Lahey Clinic, Boston, Massachusetts USA, 1967

6th yr-7th (Research Fellowship in Experimental Surgery)
St. Claire Hospital
New York, U.S.A. (John L. Madden) 1968-1969)

Colombo Scholar in Organ Transplantation at Cambridge University (Addnbrooke’s Hospital), Cambridge, England (Prof. Roy Calne) (1973)

Visiting Fellow of the Royal Society at Cambridge University, Addenbrooke’s Hospital England (1983)

SPECIALTY BOARD
1968 Certified by the American Board of Surgery
1970 Certified by the Philippine Board of Surgery
MEDICAL LICENSURE
  Republic of the Philippines
  State of Massachusetts, U.S.A.
PROFESSIONAL POSITION
Current Positions
  • Secretary of Health 
  • Executive Director, National Kidney & Transplant Institute (1998-2010)
  • President, Maria Corazon Torres Javier Foundation (2009-Present)
  • President, Transplantation Society of the Philippines (1989 to Present)
Membership
  • Member, Editorial Board, International Venous Digest (1998)
  • Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (1992)
  • Editorial Consultant, Philippine Journal of Surgical Specialties (1992)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Philippine Medical Association (1987)
  • Member, Editorial Board, Philippine Journal of Nephrology (1985)
  • Associate Member, European Society for Organ Transplantation  (1985)
  • Member, International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery (since 1983)
  • Member, National Research Council of the Philippines (1982)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Philippine Board of Surgery (1975-2001)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (1973 to present)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Philippine Board of Surgery (1971-2001)
Past Positions
  • President, Transplantation Society of the Philippines (2001-2009)
  • Vice-Chair, Maria Corazon Javier Torres Foundation (1991-2008)
  • Member, International Relations Committee, American College of Surgeons (1999-2005)
  • President, Kidney Foundation of the Philippines (1998 to 2004)
  • President, Asian Society of Transplantation (1997-1999)
  • Chairman, Organizing Committee, 5th Congress of the Asian Society of Transplantation (1997)
  • Governor, American College of Surgeons Philippine Chapter (1994-1999)
  • Enrique Garcia Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines, Manila (1993-1997)
  • Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery, PGH Medical Center (1992-1998)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Dugong Buhay Foundation (1991-2005)
  • Chairman, Philippine Board of Surgery (1980, 1994)
  • Founding President, Venous Forum of the Philippines (1993)
  • Associate Editor, Philippine Textbook of Surgery, 1st Edition, JMC, Inc. (1990)·         President, Philippine College of Surgeons (1990)
  • Vice-President, Philippine College of Surgeons (1989)
  • Head, Division of Transplantation and Vascular Surgery National Kidney and Transplant Institute (1986-1998)
  • Deputy Director for Medical Services, NKTI (1986-1992)
  • Head, Division of Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgery, UP-PGH Medical Center (1986-1998)
  • Secretary, Philippine College of Surgeons, Board of Regents (1985-1986)
  • President, Philippine Society for Vascular Surgery (1981 to 2005)
  • Council Member, Association of Surgeons of southeast Asia (1981-1983)
  • Chief, Section of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery University of the Philippines, Philippine General Hospital (1975-1985)
  • Director, Medical Education, Medical City General Hosptal Pasig City (1975-1985)
  • Professor of Surgery-College of Medicine, UP-PGH Medical Center (1973-2001)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Journal of Surgery Specialties (1972-1982)
AWARDS RECEIVED (Past to Present)
1979 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee in Medicine (TOYM JAYCEES- Philippines)
1990 Most Outstanding Alumnus, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines
1991 Most Oustanding Son of Pagdian City, Zamboanga del Sur
2000 Presidential Award of Recognition in Organ Transplantation Philippine Medical Association
2004 Distinguished Service Award Philippine Medical Association
2007 One of the Five Most Outstanding Filipino Physicians Awardee (Philippine Jaycees Club)
2010 Outstanding Health Research Award by Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, DOST, and DOH (to be awarded tentatively on July 19, 2010)
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • President, Valle Verde 3 Homeowners Association (1977-1980, 1994-1997)
  • President, Valle Verde 3 Tennis Club
  • Member, Rotary Club of Pasig
  • Member, Philippine-British Society
  • Past President, Medical Staff Organization, Medical CIty Genreal Hospital
HONORARY LECTURESHIP
  • Commencement Speaker, UP Graduating Class of 2008
  • Chancellor Alfredo T. Ramirez, M.D., Memorial Lecture (2008)
  • Potenciano Baccay Memorial Lecture, University of the East 30th Alumni Homecoming (December 2000)
  • Enrique Garcia Professional Lecture UP-PGH (1995)