A UST Medicine alumnus is the new president of state-run Philippine Health Insurance Corp., after being nominated by President Rodrigo Duterte during a board election last March 7.
Dr. Hildegardes Dineros, known for his volunteer work in medical missions to far-flung villages in the country, joined “mercy missions” to the Visayas region and other areas devastated by Typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013. Dineros performs pro-bono surgeries on patients with conditions like cancer and deformities ranging from harelip to hernia.
Dineros, an advocate of “spirituality and healing,” finished medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery in 1985 and his pre-medicine degree at the College of Science in 1981.
He took up a fellowship in plastic surgery at UST Hospital before flying abroad for training in bariatric or weight-loss surgery. Dineros is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the Philippine Society of General Surgeons.
PhilHealth is a government corporation that provides health insurance to employed members and their dependents, as well as indigents.