Professor Carmelo Alcantara Alfiler is a visionary and path-breaking figure in the field of Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology in the Philippines. He is widely recognized as the Father of Modern Philippine Pediatric Nephrology, and his pioneering researches in this subspecialty earned him the NAST-NIST Award as Outstanding Young Scientist in Medicine in 1982. As an esteemed national leader, Professor Alfiler has held numerous positions, notably as director of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), and as president of pediatric and nephrology societies, where he spearheaded impactful programs benefiting children. He placed Philippine pediatric nephrology in the global map through his groundbreaking membership and executive positions in the Asian and International Pediatric Nephrology Associations.
Throughout his 50-plus year career, Professor Alfiler has been a consummate clinician, teacher/trainer, researcher, writer, editor, administrator, and project organizer with a resultoriented approach to his craft. His panoply of awards is testament to the recognition of his life’s works.
Today, as a selfless and dynamic emeritus professor of Pediatrics, he continues to inspire present and future generations of trainers and trainees with his passion for innovative and practical teaching-learning activities; share his abundant clinical experiences; and impress upon them his unwavering dedication to improving child health.