Healing the Healers: Doctors as Transformational Leaders
Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno
Allow me first to clear the deck by thanking the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), especially Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, your Vice-President and overall Chair of the Organizing Committee, for inviting me todeliver the keynote address on the occasion of PCP’s 39
AnnualConvention. I note that previous speakers for the A.G. Sison MemorialLecture consisted of distinguished leaders -- both local and foreign -- andeven included Dr. Peter C. Doherty, the 1996 Nobel Prize winner inmedicine. This illustrious tradition certainly leaves me big shoes to fill, and Ihope that my humble attempt will not disappoint.I am truly privileged to have been chosen as the A.G. Sison MemorialLecturer for 2009, for Dr. Antonio Sison’s accomplishments are nothingshort of extraordinary. He was the personal physician of two PhilippinePresidents, Manuel Quezon and Manuel Roxas. At various points in time, hewas the President of the Philippine Medical Association and the Universityof the Philippines. Dr. Sison also served as Dean of the U.P. College of Medicine. His fourteen-year deanship is, in fact, now remembered as the“Renaissance Period of Medicine” because of his commitment to theimprovement of medical education. A steadfast nationalist, he was likewisedeeply involved in the affairs of our country. Truly, Dr. Sison may have long
Delivered before the Philippine College of Physicians, May 5, 2009, 39
Annual Convention, SMXConvention Center.