That belief and the human touch it implies is clear when one learns that the bright eight-year-old boy who came to the clinic for a back-to-school checkup is named Gerardo
and calls Gap his
ninong; and when one learns this is because eight years ago, Gap saved little nameless Gerardo
on the operating table, when he
arrested due to a malfunction of the anesthesia machine.
On a more general scale, Gap's humanity is no less tangible.
Easily three fourths of his
performs at PGH
, mostly as charity cases.
Of the rest, a good percentage he
does not charge because they are among the many referrals he
receives who are related to family, friends, and colleagues.
And when he
does charge a professional fee, his
patients are surprised to hear how low his
Gap says it jokingly but it is the plain truth: he
is cheaper than many of his
former students - and he
prefers it that way.
Gap's love of the game, after all, has never been about the money.
Neither is his
passion limited to the surgical aspect of NSS.
laments that of the roughly 120 neurosurgeons in the country, most prefer private practice, leaving the academic side of the field wanting.
It is his
dream to do more research and to enrich the teaching of Neurosurgery.
passion is palpable in the O.R. when he
speaks excitedly about a procedure, or proudly about a resident's performance.
The beauty of operating in PGH
relates (while watching a senior resident's movements on a live-feed monitor), is having the residents, not merely to speed things up but to watch them perform.
just made my day," he
beams as the senior resident clips the giant aneurysm.
is as comfortable guiding from a view of the monitor as teaching in front of the negatoscope as dissecting a live human brain.
As of today, Gap has accomplished much in his
career as well as in his
life as a PHI
He is the former Chief of Neurosurgery of the Philippine General Hospital and former head of the Neurotumor Program at Medical City.
He has a master's degree in Neurovascular Diseases.
holds clinics at Asian Hospital, St. Luke's Medical Center, the Philippine Children's Medical Center, and Manila Doctors Hospital
also recently has been awarded the position of President in both the 15th ASEAN Society of Neurosurgeons
and Academy of Filipino Neurosurgeons
To the resident Brods however, he
is best known as PHI's
current Fraternity Adviser, a position endorsed to him in 2006 during the term of Brod Paul Nimrod Borja Firaza F'02 as Superior Exemplar.
is also fondly known as the neurosurgeon who bought himself a brand new BMW motorbike for his
45th birthday despite sustaining whiplash injuries after two close calls on the road, and despite attending to innumerable head trauma victims himself.
The Fraternity is witness to how Gap has always given of himself, never resting on his
laurels, lifting the Fraternity on his
shoulders as he
goes, and enjoying every minute of it.
Truly, Gap is nothing like his
name's homophonic common noun; he
is brimful of passion for a calling that is truly his