Written by Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo
University of the Philippines (UP) alumnus and renowned obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Gregorio Pastorfide has been appointed to the UP Board of Regents by President Rodrigo Duterte, replacing Dr. Maria Arlissa Aguiluz. UP President Danilo Concepcion administered Pastorfide’s oath of office on March 10 at the Executive House in UP Diliman.
Considered a pioneer of in vitro fertilization or IVF in the Philippines, Pastorfide is a 1967 graduate of the UP College of Medicine (UPCM). He then underwent an internship at Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Maryland. Afterward, he furthered his training at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Completing his stint at Tufts in 1972, he went to Harvard Medical School as a teaching and research fellow.
Moving back to the Philippines, he moved up the ranks at the UPCM—from instructor to clinical assistant professor, then associate professor, and eventually, full professor. He became chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1998 to 2001. Under his leadership, the unit received the 2000 UP Medical Foundation Silver Cup for Outstanding Clinical Science Department. He served the University for 33 years, from 1974 to 2007.
Pastorfide, also President of The Foundation for Reproductive Care Inc. for the past 22 years, was a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus of the UP Medical Alumni Society (UPMAS).