Edsel Maurice T. Salvana


Edsel Maurice T. Salvana, MD, DTM&H, FPCP, FIDSA received his medical degree from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in 2001. He trained in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and did his fellowship in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He returned to the Philippines in 2008 as a Balik (Returning) Scientist of the Department of Science and Technology.  Upon returning, he recognized a nascent HIV epidemic in the Philippines and was heavily involved in raising awareness in media, training doctors to treat HIV, and successfully lobbying the government to declare an AIDS epidemic. His AIDS campaign has been featured in Science [Science 2009; 326:1174], and his advocacy and leadership have been widely recognized, including a National Academy of Science and Technology "Outstanding Young Scientist award;" and a "Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World" award from JCI International.  He has written scientifically on the Philippine HIV epidemic, calling attention to the alarming increase in cases, laying out a test and treat framework, and proposing guidelines for safe practice for infected healthcare workers. He is currently collaborating with the Department of Health to generate important local data on the HIV problem, including basic epidemiology on rates of opportunistic infections; the changing molecular epidemiology of HIV; and the impact of early diagnosis and the use of antiretrovirals in HIV-infected Filipinos. He has also taken the lead in formulating local HIV opportunistic infection guidelines.He is currently the Director of the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the National Institutes of Health and is an associate professor of medicine at the Philippine General Hospital. He is also adjunct faculty for Global Health at the University of Pittsburgh. He was selected a Young Physician Leader of the Interacademy Medical Panel of the World Academy of Sciences in 2013.