Book on pandemic surgery to be virtually launched at 29th UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar

| Written by Celeste Ann Castillo Llaneta

Book on pandemic surgery to be virtually launched at 29th UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar


For its 29th installment, the University of the Philippines’ (UP) “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series is doing something special: holding the very first Virtual National Book Launch on Pandemic Surgery.

The book to be launched virtually on November 6, Friday, at 12:00 noon is Pandemic Surgery: An Integrated Ethics and Technical Reference. It was conceived as a complementary volume to the earlier published handbook containing procedural guidelines for staff of the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH).

This book on pandemic surgery aims to provide the conceptual basis for the corresponding structural and procedural adjustments in surgical care during a pandemic. The material was developed and written by faculty and residents of the Department of Surgery of the UP College of Medicine (UPCM); and it was extensively reviewed by practicing surgeons, academics, and advocates. It is meant to be of value to surgical administrators, clinicians, and trainees at the UP-PGH, as well as in most other local institutions.

While the coverage is extensive, the provided material, for purposes of conciseness and relevance, is admittedly not exhaustive. The editors are aware that a lot remains unknown regarding SARS-CoV-2 as well as the actual effectiveness of COVID-19 measures.

The ebook can be downloaded here:

Presentors at this special virtual book-launch edition of the UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series are: Dr. Alvin Caballes, Professor at the Department of Surgery and Chief of the Social Medicine Unit, UPCM; and, Dr. Marie Carmela Lapitan, likewise Professor at the UPCM Department of Surgery. Reactors at the event are: Dr. Roy Trinidad, President of the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) Panay Chapter; and Dr. Rhoel de Leon, past President of the PCS Northern Mindanao Chapter.

Dr. Charlotte Chiong, Dean of UPCM, will deliver the welcome remarks; while Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, UP-PGH Director will give the opening remarks. Dr. Jose Antonio Salud, PCS President, will deliver the closing remarks.

The UP “STOP COVID DEATHS” webinar series is produced by the University of the Philippines in partnership with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the UP Manila National Institutes of Health-National Telehealth Center, in cooperation with the UP Manila College of Medicine and the UP-PGH. This special edition of the webinar series is co-sponsored by the Philippine College of Surgeons.

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