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The Medical City launches Augusto P. Sarmiento Cancer Institute (APSCI)

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The Medical City (TMC) recently launched its Augusto P. Sarmiento Cancer Institute (APSCI) named after Chairman of the Board and one of the country's top surgical oncologists, Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento.


The APSCI signage and historical marker on the 8th floor Nursing Tower was unveiled on the same day. Then, a short program followed at the main lobby where a grand exhibit was mounted featuring the institute's brand of cancer care.


The event was graced by TMC President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R. A. Bengzon, Senior Vice President for the Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jose Xavier B. Gonzales, APSCI Director Dr. Daniel M. Alonzo and Deputy Directors Dr. Beatrice Tiangco and Dr. Manuel Francisco Roxas, TMC doctors, managers, and staff, patient partners, and the honoree, Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento.

Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento and The Medical City

Dr. Sarmiento was an alumnus of the University of the Philippines having graduated in April 1948. From there, he worked as a Junior Parasitologist Schistomiasis Control Program of the Department of Health.


APSCI Director Dr. Daniel M. Alonzo, APSCI Deputy Director Dr. Beatrice Tiangco, SVP for the Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R. A. Bengzon, Chairman of the Board Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jose Xavier B. Gonzales, and APSCI Deputy Director Dr. Manuel Francisco Roxas

Dr. Samiento then became a first-year resident at the UP-Philippine General Hospital Department of Obstetrics. This became his gateway to get into the Department of Surgery where he started his surgical residency in the early 1950s.
Then, he went on to pursue more advanced surgical training in the United States in 1954.

In 1955, Dr. Sarmiento became one of the first Filipino surgical residents trained at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New Yor City. He completed four years of training there under the American surgeon widely regarded as the Father of Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Hayes Martin. He worked for a time as an associate of Dr. Martin, but decided to return to Manila in 1958.


Dr. Sarmiento taught and practiced general and cancer surgery at the PGH and at two other hospitals upon his return. Then in 1967, he moved his practice along with several overseas trained UP doctors to join Dr. Agerico B. M. Sison in ABM Sison Hospital, which was then just a small hospital in Mandaluyong City. The ABM Sison was later renamed The Medical City and the rest is history. TMC celebrated its 50th year anniversary last year.

The Medical City’s Augusto P. Sarmiento Cancer Institute

The APSCI is gifted with the inspiration of Dr. Sarmiento and the organizational strength of the TMC institution. 8Cs describe the type of cancer care of APSCI:  compassionate, cost-effective, coordinated, collaborative, comprehensive, customized, centered around the patient, and committed.

The APSCI leadership, composed of Dr. Daniel M. Alonzo and deputy directors Drs. Beatrice Tiangco and Manuel Francisco Roxas, has started doctor-initiated researches.  They are beefing up their cancer registry, based on patients’ records to find better ways of treatment.   Dr. Alonzo is also looking at training programs for the next generation of cancer specialists.

He admitted there’s still a lot of work to be done at the APSCI but all these quality improvements and innovations are aimed at giving cancer patients the brand of TMC care that they deserve.


For more information about APSCI, you may call 9881000 ext. 6214.

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