Dr Gerardo Salazar was born in Lucena City, Philippines, situated 137 km south of Manila and graduated from medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in 1992.Dr Salazar
took residency in the combined neurology and psychiatry program at the Santo Tomas University Hospital graduating as Chief Resident in 1997.In late 1998, he
took up a neuroimmunology and molecular biology fellowship in Kagoshima University
, Japan under the Monbusho
scholarship program.Dr Salazar is a visiting research fellow of the Department of Immunology, Imperial College of Medicine at St. Mary's, London, UK.
In 2000 Dr Salazar
returned to Lucena City to commence a private practice in neurology and psychiatry and in 2003, he
took a mini fellowship in neurovascular ultrasound at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Bowman Gray Campus in Winston Salem, North Carolina.Dr Salazar now heads the ancillary services of the Lucena United Doctors Hospital and actively runs the stroke program of the area.
In 2001 he
started a stroke, epilepsy and depression awareness programs with the lay population of the city in cooperation with religious and non-governmental organizations.Together with the nursing service of the area, he
is advocating the formation of patient and family support groups for the neurologic and psychiatric illnesses.Dr Salazar also teaches neurology and psychiatry for physical therapists at the San Juan De Dios Educational Foundation, Manila.