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EMERGENCY MEDICINE: An Emerging Clinical Practice

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Johnny B. Sinon, MD

Dr. Johnny Sinon completed his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine and finished his residency training in Emergency Medicine serving as Chief Resident in MMC. He has also earned units for a Master in Hospital Administration degree from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

He has been with MMC for the past 28 years and brings with him a wealth of clinical experience in Emergency Medicine, as well as important corporate management exposure in his capacity as Medical Director of Internal SOS (Phils) Inc a global medical and travel security assistance organization operating in 93 countries with 850 locations. Additionally, he is the incumbent President of the Medical Staff Association (MSA) and also heads the MakatiMed Health Hub. Dr. Sinon has held several other key positions in MMC such as Chairman of Emergency Medicine and Head of the Emergency Department from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2014.

Dr. Johnny Sinon will be the new Medical Director of the Makati Medical Center starting June 1, 2016.



Reynante E. Mirano, MD, FPCEM

Dr. Ryan, as he is often called by his colleagues and friends is one of the pioneers of Emergency Medicine in the Philippines.  As one of the founding members of the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care (PCEMAC), he worked tirelessly to promote and advance the practice of emergency medicine in our country.  Notwithstanding humble beginnings, Doc Ryan finished his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas and proceeded to complete his emergency medicine residency training at the Makati Medical Center.

He recalls it was not easy to practice EM in the past.  He juggled several duty shifts in between family activities and hospital administrative tasks.  Early in his practice, he was entrusted with the care of the Emergency Department (ED) as chair of the St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC), Emergency Department Services.  Recognizing the need to develop future EM specialists, he and his fellow EM consultants established the residency training program in SLMC.  Since then, a long line of doctors have experienced his firm yet quiet leadership as well as his warm and encouraging mentorship.  His passion for teaching is reflected not only in the ED but also in the College of Medicine (SLMC-William H. Quasha Memorial) where he is clinical associate professor.  In spite of his busy schedule, he has even found the time to educate and train health care professionals on disaster risk management as HOPE (Hospital Preparedness for Emergency) instructor and on resuscitation as Advanced and Basic Life Support Instructor.

“Stay focused and committed to your career,” is his advice to younger consultants who he continues to inspire with his hard work and perseverance.

Dr. Reynante Mirano may be contacted through his email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




Dr. Eligio V. Maghirang, "Elis" to his friends is a teacher, mentor and doctor.  After finishing his Doctor of Medicine at the De La Salle University Health Sciences Campus, he proceeded to train in Emergency Medicine at the Makati Medical Center and became the Chief Resident in 2002.

Instead of just concentrating on private practice, Dr. Maghirang decided to pursue a certification program on Healthcare Ethics at the National Catholic BioEthics Center in the US.  He has utilized his training to enlighten students in various ethical dilemmas in the practice of medicine. He enjoys teaching and values his interaction with students.  He is Assistant Professor at the College of Science, Department of Biology at the De La Salle University, Manila.

Presently, he is a member of the BioEthics Committee at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center where he also works as emergency medicine physician.  He is likewise affiliated as emergency medicine specialist at the Makati Medical Center

In between his work as institutional Review Board member at the Tropical Diseases Foundation, Inc and as flight and ambulance physician of the International SOS, he enjoys practical shooting, kendo, soccer, mountaineering, hiking and watching and listening to classical music and jazz concerts.

He always imparts to his students that: "Physicians only cure sometimes, palliate often and but comfort always."

Dr. Maghirang maybe contacted through his email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


“Saving Lives!” -- Dr. Noel Lagman

“It makes me proud to be an EM because we are self-reliant and can do multiple tasks efficiently even under pressure.” --  Dr. Elen Canlas

“You get to be the first physician to touch the patient.  To do the best with what we have in our grasp during the patient’s most emergent moment, makes me proud that I chose the right field of specialty.” --  Dr. Chi Bello

“To teach minds, to touch hearts to transform lives!” -- Dr. Elis Maghirang

“Being an EM, I am humbled that the Lord has given me the grace to be part of His healing ministry most especially in the moments of a patient’s greatest need.” -- Dr. Johnny Perez

“Saving lives, rising above the chaos.  Simply BEING there.” -- Dr. Otek Dimagiba

It was in early 2009 that the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine and Acute Care (PCEMAC) and the Philippine Society of Emergency Care Physicians (PSECP) began the process of merging into a single national specialty society for Emergency Medicine, with the encouragement and guidance of the Philippine Medical Association.

A Steering Committee was organized to work towards the merger of the PCEMAC and its members included: Dr. Alfie Acosta, Dr. Esteban Almeda, Dr. Rodel Capule, Dr. Richard Vincent Dimagiba, Dr. Minerva Laconico, Dr. Noel Lagman, Dr. April Llaneta, Dr. Faith Mesa-Gaerlan, Dr. Philip Ong and Dr. Arvin Samson. After several meetings, the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine (PCEM) was born.

On January 17, 2011, PCEM received official notice of its recognition as a Specialty Society under the Specialty Division of Family Medicine from Dr. Alex Alip Jr., executive secretary of the Philippine Academy of Family Physician. VISION The national academic body composed of dedicated professional emergency medicine physicians oriented towards quality service; research and training in emergency care, working together towards global recognition.

Last June 19, 2011, the Philippine College of Emergency Medicine (PCEM) and the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) have signed a memorandum of agreement to promote the Basic Evaluation and Training for Trauma and Emergency Response (BETTER).

As partners in trauma prevention, the two specialty societies planned to organize several training activities to enhance the capacities of doctores to manage trauma cases. Dr. Faith Joan Mesa-Gaerlan, PCEM Vice-President representing Dr. Noel Lagman, PCEM President and Dr. Josefina Almonte, the first female President of PCS gave their respective messages in support of this endeavour.

The signing held at the Philippine General Hospital was witnessed by the participants from 1st BETTER course organized by PCEM and PCS. Residents and graduates of emergency medicine who attended the course came from the training institutions of Makati Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, Manila Doctors Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, Daniel Mercado Medical Center, and De La Salle University Medical Center.

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