Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan Print E-mail

Dr. Jaime Galvez Tan has the rare combination of the following expertise: solid grassroots community work in far flung doctorless rural areas; national and international health planning and programming, experience as faculty of colleges of medicine and health sciences; clinical practice combining North American medicine and Asian and Filipino traditional medicine; national health policy development, national health field operations management and private sector health business development. He has worked with NGOs, the academe, international development agencies and with government.

Dr. Galvez Tan is currently Vice Chancellor for Research; concurrent Executive Director of the National Institutes of Health Philippines and Professor of the University of the Philippines (U.P.) College of Medicine; the President of Health Futures Foundation, Inc., which engages in consultancy, training and research for health and development. He served as Regional Adviser in Health and Nutrition for East Asia and the Pacific Region of UNCEF based in Bangkok in 1995-96. He was the Secretary of Philippine Department of Health in January-July 1995 and was Undersecretary and Chief of Staff from 1992-94.JTan

He is a product of Benedictine education finishing his elementary (1962) and high school (1966), both with honors at San Beda College, Manila. He acquired his Bachelor of Science in PreparatoryMedicine at the Universtiy of the Philippines, Diliman in 1970. He finished his Doctor of Medicine, with honors in clinical clerkship, at the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 1974 and internship at the Philippine General Hospital in 1975 as one of the ten most outstanding interns. He earned his Masters in Public Health, with a Letter of Excellence, at the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium in 1984.

Right after clinic internship, Dr. Galvez Tan initiated the community based health programs in Leyte and Samar together with Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (1975-78). He was also concurrent Assistant Professor of the University of the Philippines Institute of Health Sciences in Tacloban City,

Leyte which pioneered the stepladder curriculum for health sciences education. He joined AKAP, an NGO involved in community based tuberculosis control as National Training Director (1978-80) with work in the Cagayan Valley, Cordilleras, Samar-Leyte, Davao and Cavite. He then moved to Mindanao in the rural communities of Davao, Agusan and Cotabato as Project Director of Health and Development Mindanao (1981-83). From 1985-92, he was National Program Officer of UNICEF Manila in charge of Development Mindanao (1981-83). From 1985-92, he was National Program Officer of UNICEF Manila in charge of urban basic services, nutrition, children in especially difficult circumstances and area based child survival and development.


  • Our Health, Our Lives (1982)
  • Fruits and Vegetables with Medicinal Properties (1981). 
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