Mark Anthony Sandoval
Dr. Mark Anthony Sandoval obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila, graduating as salutatorian. He completed residency training in internal medicine and fellowship training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism both at the UP-Philippine General Hospital. He is board-certified in internal medicine and endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism.
He is presently a Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Physiology and Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Department of Medicine of the UP College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital.
Dr. Sandoval has engaged himself in various activities as a physician. As a clinician, he provides compassionate and competent care to his patients, opting to stay in the country to serve Filipino patients. He strives to make sure his patients are well-informed, that they have learned something new every time they see him in his clinic. As an educator, he is known for his passion in teaching learners in medicine ñ medical students, residents and fellows alike. As a researcher, he has endeavored in locally-relevant researches such as determining the effects of a popular indigenous plant on lipid levels, trying to prove or disprove anecdotal reports using the scientific method. He is likewise involved in a community diabetes care program in the rural town of San Juan, Batangas, empowering diabetics in this area where there are no endocrinologists. His leadership skills have been proven during his stints as chief resident and as chief fellow. With these roles, Dr. Sandoval is becoming the 5-start physician that the University of the Philippines College of Medicine endeavors its graduates to be.
Dr. Sandoval has been awarded as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in 2003. Also, he was the Most Outstanding Resident in Internal Medicine, a distinction given by the Philippine College of Physicians in 2007.
Dr. Sandoval has this insight regarding how he is able to share his expertise in endocrinology in various ways: ìEndocrinology is admittedly a specialty that is dependent on high-tech laboratory tests and its practice is usually hospital- and clinic-based. However, being involved in a community diabetes care program in the rural town of San Juan, Batangas, I have seen how my being an endocrinologist can be relevant to people in the grassroots level. Our group goes to the rural villages and we teach diabetics there about diabetes self-management education, a program that has empowered these patients who have little access to specialist care, if at all. Thus, aside from my patients in the hospital and clinics and my students in medical school, I have applied and shared my knowledge in endocrinology to a much wider audience -- the ordinary Filipinos out there in the countryside.î