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About Us

When the National Kidney Foundation of the Philippines opened in 1983, one of the departments created was that of Anesthesiology. Due to the limited number of cases during the first two years, the Department had only one fellow whose duty was to answer calls for resuscitation and other related concerns. In 1985, the opening of the main building resulted in a rise in the number of operative cases necessitating the addition of two more fellows.

A three-year residency training-program was started in 1987. With a full complement of residents and with the participation of the re-named National Kidney Institute in the Integrated Residency Training in Anesthesiology, the residency training program was accredited by the Board of Anesthesiology in January 1991.

With our incessant quest for excellence, we continue to improve our services both to patient care and training.


The Department provides valuable services from monitored anesthesia care to anesthesia for major surgery, including transplant and vascular surgeries, urologic cases, orthopedic cases, ENT cases, general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery. It also caters to providing anesthesia outside of the operating room set-up. These procedures include the following: endoscopies, nuclear scans, CT scans and extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Further, the Department answers to calls for patient resuscitation and referrals for acute and chronic pain management services.

Pre-Operative Care

A patient for surgery or procedure requiring monitored care is evaluated pre-operatively, usually on the eve of surgery for elective cases, and as appropriate for emergency cases. Certain medical or surgical conditions may need an evaluation earlier in the pre-operative period.

For many patients, the pre-operative visit of the anesthesiologist allays their anxiety. During the visit, the patient’s homeostatic status is evaluated as this may be a significant modifier of peri-operative management.

An appropriate period of fasting (nothing by mouth) is ordered, taking into account patient factors as well as the scheduled cutting time. Pre-medication is tailored to individual patient needs. An intravenous catheter is put in place prior to the start of surgery with the largest bore size appropriate for the particular surgery is used.

The patient is transferred to the operating room about an hour prior to the planned surgical cutting time.

Intra-Operative Care

Upon receipt at the operating room unit, appropriate monitors (blood pressure, cardiac monitor, oxygen saturation) are connected to the patient. Vital signs are taken as often as necessary and as dictated by patient response to surgery and anesthesia. The anesthesiologist assigned assumes the responsibility of taking care of all anesthetic and surgical needs as called for the type of surgery contemplated and patient needs.

Post-Operative Care

A post-operative patient who received anesthesia is endorsed to the recovery room unit for continued monitoring. Patient endorsement consists of brief history, pertinent points in anesthesia and surgery, homeostasis and signs and symptoms to watch out for in the post-operative period. The patient who underwent uncomplicated surgery and anesthesia is usually transferred to the ward in two hours’ time. Whereas, a transplant patient and a patient considered as “high risk”, stays longer at the recovery room unit and may either be transferred at the Intensive Care Unit or at the ward depending on the evaluation of the anesthesiologist. Pain management may start during the pre operative period and continue up to two(2) days after the surgery or longer if the need arises.


The Department is equipped with top-of-the line equipment such as anesthesia machines, patient monitors, warmers, target-controlled infusion (TCI) machines and patient controlled analgesia (PCA) machines.

Laryngeal Mask Airway (LMA) is available in each operating room cubicle for management of difficult airway and for short surgical procedures where in endotracheal tube is not necessary for the conduct of anesthesia and surgery. They are of different sizes to customize fit to the patient in need of such. Together with this various other equipment such as: intubating LMA, lighted stylet, flexible fiberoptic bronchoscope and McCoy laryngoscope, is readily available for use whenever the need arises.

 Our Expert Team


Arnold S. Uy, DPBA, FPSA
Transplant, Vascular And Critical Care Anesthesia
Pain Management Specialist

Training Officer

Luis Antonio R. Aoanan, DPBA, FPSA
Transplant, Vascular And Critical Care Anesthesia


Jaime G. Velasquez, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Transplant, Vascular And Critical Care Anesthesia

Ernesto Sancho R. Castillo, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Transplant, Vascular And Critical Care Anesthesia

Michael Y. Mendoza, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Transplant, Vascular Anesthesia

Maria Imelda M. Gloria, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Transplant, Vascular And Critical Care Anesthesia

Roan J. Jocson, MD, DPBA, FPSA
Thoraco Vascular Anesthesia

Visiting Consultants

James A. Monje, DPBA, FPSA
Thoraco Vascular Anesthesia

Jennifer A. Macaraig, MD DPBA
Neuro- Anesthesia

Luzvimida S. Kwong, DPBA
Pain Specialist

Abelardo Allan Prodigalidad, MD,DPBA
Cardiac Anesthesia

Chlenice Dela Cruz, MD, DPBA
Cardiac Anesthesia

Jener S. De Leon, MD, DPBA
Pain Management

Goldwin Z. Posadas, MD, DPBA
Pediatric Anesthesia

Jamela L. Geronimo, MD, DPBA
Pain Management

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

Department of Anesthesia
National Kidney and Transplant Institute
East Avenue, Quezon City 1100

Email Address:

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Contact Numbers:

(63) (2) 926-6080
(63) (2) 8981-0300, 8981-0440 local 2136

Business Days & Hours:

Monday-Saturday, 24 Hours

Training Program 

The first six months of the first year residency is focused on the further study of basic sciences and their application to anesthesia. It is inclusive of ECG, roentgenology, pulmonary therapy and laboratory work up in correlation with the practice of anesthesia. By the second half of the year, having learned endotracheal intubation, the resident starts to experience giving anesthesia for simple cases and “good risk” patients.

The second year resident, because of his better understanding of the basic sciences as applied to clinical anesthesiology, knowledge of pharmaco-dynamics of anesthetic agents and his ability to recognize abnormalities and complications, is given more complicated cases. Part of his/her training is to supervise first year resident in their cases.

The third year resident handles all elective and emergency, complicated cases with lesser supervision. By this time he already performs administrative functions as Chief Resident of the Department. Submission of a research paper is of paramount requirement of every resident.

Wednesday mornings are highlighted by conferences and journal reporting. Residents also attend continuing medical education like the Integrated Residency Training in Anesthesiology activities during Saturdays, monthly inter-hospital mortality and morbidity conferences and the mid-year and annual anesthesia conventions.

The trainees undergo rotations in centers of expertise (general and tertiary hospitals) to have exposure on obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology and trauma cases are facilitated.

When our residents and fellows complete the program, they do so with confidence, expertise and readiness for individual practice.