Dr Padilla is Professor of Pediatrics at the College of Medicine, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila. She concurrently holds several key positions in the country: Executive Director of the Philippine Genome Center, UP System; Director of the Newborn Screening Reference Center - National Institutes of Health (NIH) Philippines, UP Manila; and Interim Director, Institute of Health Innovation and Translational Medicine of the Philippine California Advanced Research Institutes, Commission on Higher Education. Dr Padilla has been a recipient of numerous awards. On October 2013, she was chosen one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World given by the US based Female Women’s Network. Among her other recent national awards are: Dr. Paulo C. Campos Award for Medical Research by the Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science, Inc. (PHILAAS) (2013); Most Outstanding Pediatrician given by the Philippine Pediatric Society (2013); Outstanding Science Administrator Award (2012); Outstanding Health Research Award (2010) given by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) – Department of Science and Technology (DOST); Best Mentor in Health Research Award - National Capital Region (2009); Outstanding Filipino Physician given by JCI Senate of the Philippines and DOH in 2007.
Dr. Padilla has more than 100 publications (original articles, chapters in textbook and non-texbooks, training modules, etc). In the area of policy making, she is responsible for crafting the Newborn Screening Act of 2004. She is now lobbying for another bill entitled “Rare Diseases Act of the Philippines” .
Dr Padilla is a graduate of BS Pre-Medicine in UP Diliman cum laude (1976) and BS Medicine in UP College of Medicine, UP Manila (1981); MA in Health Policy Studies at the College of Public Health, UP Manila (2005). She took pediatric residency at the Philippine General Hospital and pursued a fellowship in Clinical Genetics at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney, Australia.
Recognizing her varied contributions to the academic growth of genetics in the Philippines, she was conferred Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology in 2008.