Personal Statement

I am a Professor of Medicine and current Interim Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and Chief Medical Officer at the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC).

My clinical practice is entirely devoted to breast cancer. As a clinician, my areas of research interest are breast cancer, symptom control and survivorship. I am the site PI for ALLIANCE, an NCI cooperative group, where UNMCCC consistently ranks as a top minority accruing site in the country. In addition, I am a member of the ALLIANCE Breast Committee and Symptom Control.

Since 2015, I have been a member of the NCI Steering Committee for Symptom Control and Quality of Life and one of the 2 designated reviewers for minority/underserved perspective for all trials under review. I have current and past funding for survivorship from NIH and the NM Department of Health. I am an invited member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Practice Guideline Committee and have been the official reviewer of several guidelines on breast cancer.

As the recently appointed Chief Medical Officer, I am responsible for the oversight of all system level activities, clinical operations, creation of service lines and implementation of performance improvement processes across UNMCCC.


Medical School: University of the Philippines (May 1995)
Internship: Cook County Hospital (June 1998), Specialty in Internal Medicine
Residency: Cook County Hospital (June 2000), Specialty in Internal Medicine
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital (June 2003), Specialty in Hematology/Oncology

Achievements & Awards

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology (July 2005) | American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (July 2003) | American Board of Internal Medicine (July 2000)


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