Gerry H. Tan, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., F.P.C.P., F.P.S.E.D.M.

AACE International Clinician Award

Gerry H. Tan, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., F.P.C.P., F.P.S.E.D.M., practices clinical endocrinology in Cebu City, Philippines. As Professor of Medicine, he juggles his time teaching medical students and internal medicine residents at Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital; and endocrinology fellows and internal medicine residents at Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu – two major tertiary teaching institutions in Cebu City.

After training in the U.S., Dr. Tan returned to the Philippines and started his practice, establishing The Treatment Center for Diabetes, Thyroid Diseases and Osteoporosis – an Endocrine Practice Referral Center in the same institution where clinical phase 3 research trials are conducted.

In addition to a busy clinic practice, Dr. Tan teaches fellow doctors in both roundtable discussions, local, regional, national and international symposia on endocrine diseases. For the past five years, he’s been an active Plenary and Symposium speaker in AACE U.S. and AACE Philippines Joint Meetings, as well as the annual meetings of the Philippine Diabetes Association (Diabetes Philippines) and the Philippines College of Physicians.

As an educator on wellness, diabetes and endocrine disorders, he speaks about these conditions on the radio, television and other public forums. He writes a monthly wellness column for the Philippines’ FOOD Magazine (a franchise of the U.S. counterpart) and publishes wellness issues and other health-related topics on his website, www.docgerrytan.com.

Well-respected for his contributions in endocrinology, he was entrusted to lead the AACE Philippines-chapter and was elected president in 2011-2012. During his presidency, he made major contributions to the updates of endocrinology among his peers, and to the awareness of endocrine diseases especially diabetes and goiter to the general public and through medical missions.

During his presidency, several educational “legacy programs” were presented such as, “Living a Life with Diabetes: Insulin for the Indigent Diabetics,” and “Goiter Awareness Program,” that provided awareness for lay people and a forum for primary local government medical workers on proper screening and detection of goiter; the “Toxic Goiter Project,” where free consultation and medicines were given to indigent toxic goiter awardees; the “Adopt a Barangay Program,” that trained barangay health workers on initial screening and nutrition management for the indigent and newly diagnosed; the “Target A1C Program,” that offered free meters and strips to qualified indigent people with diabetes, and the “Wellness Champ,” a program of wellness and lifestyle advocacy for those overweight and obese.

During his presidency, a joint meeting of AACE Philippines and AACE U.S., took place including the first Meet the Mayo Clinic Professors Symposium.  After his internal medicine residency at New York Medical College, Dr. Tan was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award and the subsequent Fellowship Training in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism from the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as the Clinical Investigator Award during the AACE Annual Meeting.