“Focus and hard work doctor’s ways to prominence”
By: ANCEL MARIE B. MONDIA
Though born poor and not so intellectually gifted, Doctor Ramon Gustilo has proven that focus and hard work are the two ways to success. He is now a prominent surgeon who is much cherished by his family and friends.
“I was born poor, watching carabaos after school or during vacation time. At one time during rainy season, with lightning and thunder, I fell off the carabao, on wet ground. It was muddy, dirty, cold and I was shivering, crying. After that I said to myself I am not going to be poor watching stupid carabaos,” Gustilo says.
However, he realized early in life that he was not a genius nor very intelligent. He had to work hard in order to get high grades or achieve his goals.
“I realize early in life that I have to be focused and work hard to be successful. I am fortunate that since early childhood I have decided to become a doctor,” he says.
When he was nine years old, he told his parents that he wanted to be a doctor. He became focused in his studies and graduated salutatorian in elementary and high school.
“I avoided having other activities in life like sports, and no girlfriend in high school. When I was in medical school, I had three girlfriends, because if only one then you become serious. At no time marriage or any relation below the umbilicus, meaning sex, was completely avoided. Nothing can compromise my goal of going to USA to specialize in surgery,” he says.
“My strength is I am very focused and determined to achieve my goal. Probably the only obstacle is time and my own intellectual limitation,” he adds.
He was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of Minnesota where he was the first nonwhite and Asian resident.
“My main obstacle at that time was I could not speak English like my American colleagues do and in relating to patient as well. Again hard work and constant practice and above all big help from my American wife Gloria Carlson. I did not have an inferiority complex nor I was discriminated or experienced discrimination during my entire life in the United States. I was accepted in organizations that only white was allowed in a short period of time,” he says.
When he recalled his college days, he says, “I knew I was going to go into medicine in my early life, I was very good in mathematics and science. I took my premedicine in UP, had very good grades and confident that I would be accepted in UP medical school.”
In medical school, he became interested in research, specifically, in blood flow of bone and its effect in fracture healing.
“This interest in solving problems in orthopedics started when I was in residency and up to the present time. Actually, I consider it amazing because I enjoy every minute of it – research, solving problems and inventing to solve clinical problems in medicine,” he says.
He became the chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota. He was the first nonwhite and Filipino to head the department.
“At that time broken bones sticking out of the skin so-called open or compound fractures was a major problem. There was no treatment at that time,” he says.
For five years he studied cases of open fractures seen at Hennepin County Medical Center. Out of his clinical research he published, in 1979, “The Gustilo-Anderson Classification and Management of Open Fractures” which became the standard treatment all over the world.
“The name Gustilo is known by all medical students, residents, physical therapists because of the research publication in open fractures. I have not made any single cent in that publication but I have become academically famous all over the world,” he says.
“My invention which I have several patents in joint replacements and orthopedic companies paid me royalties and my immensely successful orthopedic practice in the United States has contributed to my financial stability and success if you want to call it,” he adds.
When asked how does he find being a person who has marked his name in the history, he says, “I found myself blessed and fortunate to give it back or share my fortunes to the needy and imparting knowledge to the students and residents during their medical schooling and residence career and until now to practicing orthopedic surgeons in the Philippines.”
“My greatest success is raising my family, my wife Gloria, five children, my marriage life for 56 years, and 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren without getting involvement in drugs, and so forth. Throughout my life my priorities are God, family and career in that order,” he says, when asked when did he personally consider himself successful.
“I consider my academic and professional career very successful and I enjoy everyday practicing my profession up to this time. I have authored several books and published over 100 articles in peer journals and lectured all over the world. The pressing and most challenging problem now in the Philippines is containing the escalating cost of medical care and the quality at times of medical care. This is right now I in the forefront of my activities of how to solve these problems,” he adds.
When asked what does he think is the greatest lesson of his life, he says, “Talent is never enough if you want success in life. You have to focus your direction and goals and work hard.”
“Celebrate at C’s With cakes and more”
By: Justine Christiamarie Sedigo Obando
Special Occasions just got a lot sweeter at C’s by L’Fisher. In addition to their delectable menu, C’s is offering a buy 1 take 1 promo for their delicious gourmet cakes in their SM City branches. From birthdays to simple occasions to make our loved ones smile, a cake or two completes a celebration. C’s raises the bar with offers of their amazing Choco Cappuccino Mallows and Double Mocha flavors.
In addition to its choices of delicious cakes, C’s offers a variety of mouthwatering treats that can satisfy anyone’s taste. From their first branch at L’Fisher Main Hotel in Bacolod City, they have since expanded to SM City Bacolod and Iloilo, bringing premier hotel quality treats to Ilonggos, Bacolodnons and visitors.
Their most sought after treats include their Churros con Chocolate and éclairs that come with coffee, chocolate, Bavarian and salted caramel flavors. C’s signature cakes, Cheesecake and Chocolate Caramel Mudcrunch, remain a hit to cake lovers. Other popular offerings are their Ensaymada, bagels, croissants and croinuts. Their French Chef, Denis Laumone, never fails to prepare them scrupulously and impeccably to the standards of traditional French style baking.
The quality of ingredients and guidance of Chef Laumone brings an exquisite blend of quality bread and balanced flavors in their baked treats such as their Choco crinkles, Choco chips, Oatmeal cookies, and Capuccinno Biscotti. Their corknuts with chocolate, Dulce de Leche and Bavarian varieties remain a hit to those with a sweet tooth.
They also offer a wide array of savory dishes. Customers rave about their appetizing Pancit Molo and their pastas, Spaghetti Bolognese and Mackerel and Garlic. Entrées like Spanish Toccino, Angus Beef and Tapa, and US Beef Salpicao are perfect blends of International and local flavors. Also popular are their rice toppings of Chicken Pork Adobo, Beef Burgundy and Chorrizo con
Arroz. And to top it off, they also offer a variety of salads and sandwiches.
A plethora of drinks serve as perfect complements to their appetizing offerings. Coffees, Frappes, tea, soda and canned juices are perfect partners to their sumptuous dishes and delectable desserts. In addition, they use Lavazza coffee, branded as “Italy’s Favorite Coffee,” in their assorted coffee drinks which come in varieties of Espresso, Americano, Piccolo, Latte, Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato and Mocha.
Enjoy their affordable quality offerings at SM City Iloilo – Ground Floor at Mandurriao, Iloilo City, or visit their branches located at L’ Fisher Hotel, Lacson St. Bacolod City and SM City Bacolod – North Wing, Ground Floor. C’s is ready to serve you from 10 am to 10 pm, Mondays to Sundays.
For inquiries, you may call 431-3243 for C’s Bacolod and 503-6130 for C’s Iloilo.
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