Contributors’ Page

Vivien Abad, MD, MBA,   Class 1972B

Sleep Medicine, Retired.

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Founding Director and Chair of the Sleep Medicine Clinic at Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group

She enjoys social dance, oral poetry interpretation, traveling, and eclipse chasing.

Anjila Aala

UPMASA scholar

Karen Kaye Bazar

UPMASA scholar

Nicolo L Cabrera, M.D.,  Class 2012

Nico trained in Internal Medicine and served as Chief resident at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Received his fellowship and served as chief fellow at the University of Texas in Houston.

Specialized in transplant and immunocompromised host infectious diseases at Stanford in Palo Alto.

Currently a member of faculty at Washington University in St Louis, MO.

Cecilia Cortes-Rogers, M. D., Class 1972A

Psychiatrist, Retired

President NJNYCT Chapter 1993-1995

Editor UPMASA Journal 1994-1996

Co-author: First 25 Years  of UPMASA, a commemorative book published in 2005

Fe E. Diolazo-Festin, M.D. Class 1979

Practice-Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry

Practices at Boston VA Healthcare System/Harvard/BUSM and Lifestance Health, MA

President: Upstate New York-New England Chapter, Host of the UPMASA 2022 Annual Grand Convention

“During my spare time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and volunteering for non-profit organizations.”

Agnes Dominguez-Mejia, M.D. Class 1977

Former Dean, UP college of Medicine

Member of the Philippine College of Physicians, the Philippine Society of Nephrology, the Philippine Society of Hypertension and the Philippine Lipid Society.

Carminia Edralin-Davidsohn, M.D., Class 1987

Managing Physician at the Kelsey-Sebold Clinic in Houston, Texas.

She is an internist who loves dogs, gardening, creative writing, photography, scrapbooking and travel.

Rachel Espiritu, MD, Class 2002

UPMASA Assistant Treasurer

She is an endocrinologist at Summa Health System in Akron, OH who enjoys Zumba, crocheting, and hiking with her family.

Jessie Imelda Foronda-Walde, M. D.

Director, University Health Service, Los Banos Laguna

Finished her Family Medicine Residency at UP-PGH

Masters in Hospital Services Administration from the Ateneo Business School


Merlyn Gille-Moore, M.D. UPCM Class 1977

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Retired

Lives in Ohio

Maya Sofia Gittelman

A Filipina-American New Yorker

Reviews books and other media at Tor Dot Com and BookReporter

Former events and special projects manager at a Manhattan branch of Barnes & Noble

She now works in independent publishing. She is interviewing Filipina-Americans on their stories for a book on triumph and belief and is currently at work on a novel.


Victoria L. M. Herrera, M.D. , Class 1978

Professor of Medicine

Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute

Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine

Associate Director for Medicine, BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center

Boston University School of Medicine

Eusebio C. Kho, M.D., Class 1960

Retired Colonel, US Army

Diplomate, American Board of Surgery

Veteran, Operation Desert Storm

Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, Class of 1987

Director of Philippine General Hospital

Associate Professor, Section of Neurosurgery, Department of Neuroscience, UP-Philippine General Hospital

Mountain biker and saxophone player

Leonardo Leonidas, M.D. FAAP,  Class 1968

Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics (retired 2008)

Distinguished Career Teaching Award, 2009

Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA

Prolific Author

Charlotte Martinez Chiong, M.D.,  Class 1985

Dean, UP College of Medicine

Bachelor of Science in Zoology, Summa cum Laude, University of the Philippines

Research Fellow in Otology, Harvard Medical School, 1992.

Clinical Fellow in Otology/Neurotology, University Toronto, 1993.

Manuel Montilla Castillo, M.D., Class 1972A
Pathologist in Escondido, California
Affiliated with Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center
In practice for more than 20 years.
Michael S. Nolledo, M. D., Class 1992

Board Certified in Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine

Lourdes Publico, M.D., Class 1977

President, UPMASA

Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine, Harlem Hospital

Elizabeth Regalado-Paterno, MD.,  Class 1977

Community Medicine and Pediatrics, Retired

Lives in Antipolo, Rizal

Rumie Su, M. D., Class’78

Masters in Public Health San Diego State University 1983-1984

Pediatric Residency Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia , PA 1986 -1989

Fellowship in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA 1989-1991

Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician 1991 to present

Partner Emeritus Kaiser Permanente Southern California 2018 – present

Southern California Chapter President 2021-2023.

“I care for children with developmental, educational, and behavioral problems. I collaborate with other subspecialists at Kaiser Permanente and utilize community resources to achieve a comprehensive treatment plan for my patients.”


Teodoro Santiago, M.D., Class President, Class 1967 

Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ

Former Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ

Francesca Tatad To, M. D.   Class 1997

Completed fellowship for Neonatal and perinatal Medicine at NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center. 

She now lives in Iowa, raising 3 talented kids with husband Dr Richard To of UPCM Class 1995. 

She is advocating for improved Ehlers- Danlos diagnosis and care. 

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Gregory Y Tiu, M.D., Class 1977

Diagnostic Radiologist, retired

Member American College of Radiology & Radiologic Society of North America

Co-Chair UPMASA PEF Scholarships

LIves in Louisville, Kentucky

Vince Justin Uy Tiu 

UPMASA Scholar

Vivien Yap M. D., Class 2002

Board-certified in both Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Her primary clinical and research interests are in the brain injury of the newborn.

Fellowship Director for the Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at NYP-Weill Cornell