the Field in

Philippine Orthopedics

A Legacy of Excellence

     For over 40 years, the Department of Orthopedics of the University of the Philippines Manila – Philippine General Hospital has been providing Filipinos with the best in Orthopedic health care. Driven by its commitment to leadership and excellence in service, training and research, yet grounded in its humanistic tradition, the department takes pride in not only providing services at par with world-class standards, but in also spearheading the development and enhancement of the various Orthopedic subspecialties in the national setting. At present, the department has graduated a total of 171 highly competent and skilled surgeons distributed all over the country.


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        A dynamic orthopedic department dedicated to achieving excellence in training, research and service for the benefit of the Filipino people.
        Guided by moral, ethical and spiritual values, we commit ourselves to excellence in Orthopedic Health Care while maintaining a balance between work and family.
For Training
        We will treat our trainees as partners in learning as we conduct a training program directed towards ethical practice and responsive to the needs of the community.
For Service
        We will provide the community with quality care, which is effective, efficient and humane.
For Research
        We will nurture a conducive atmosphere to produce high quality research to answer the needs of our patients, our country and the rest of the world.

Executive Committee










Juanito S. Javier, MD


Joseph Garvy L. Lai, MD

Executive Officer



Gracia Cielo E. Balce, MD

Assistant Chair for Postgraduate Training & Education 











Samuel Arsenio M. Grozman, MD  

Assistant Chair for Undergraduate Training & Education












Jose Ma. D. Bautista, MD

Assistant Chair for Health Services











Emmanuel P. Estrella, MD

Assistant Chair for Research











Nathaniel S. Orillaza, Jr., MD

Assistant Chair for Continuing Medical Education










Joseph Garvy L. Lai, MD

  Assistant Chair for Fiscal Services 

Norberto A. Meriales, MD

Quality Assurance

Gregorio Marcelo S. Azores, MD

Infrastructure & Equipment