AN ACCLAIMED neurosurgeon has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

Ma. Lourdes Domingo-Maglinao, who had served as assistant dean for three years, replaced Jesus Valencia, who became dean in 2013.

Maglinao, who took over the post last Jan. 4, vowed to make the faculty an “epitome of excellence” in medical education.

“[We plan] to shift to a culture of teamwork, creativity, pioneering and innovation,” Maglinao said in an interview with the Varsitarian.

The new dean said she plans “to stimulate international linkages, [get more] international recognition, improve heavily on research and faculty development, introduce new programs and innovations and adopt technology-enhanced learning.”

“UST Faculty of Medicine and Surgery has a distinguished academic tradition, top-notch students and elite faculty staff, so the appointment came as a huge challenge to attain and maintain the recognition,” said Maglinao, who has been teaching at Medicine for 20 years.

A multi-awarded UST alumna, Maglinao obtained her medical degree from UST in 1986 with a benemeritus (good merit) award.

Maglinao was named Most Outstanding Surgical Resident by the Philippine College of Surgeons and the UST Medical Alumni Association in 1991 and 1992.

She was also given the Young Neurosurgeons Award twice by the Asian Australasian Congress of the Neurological Surgeons.

Maglinao is the chief of the neurosurgery section of UST Hospital and head of the Neuro Oncology and Stereotactic Radiosurgery unit of the Benavides Cancer Institute since 2005.


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