CESAR V. REYES, M.D., topped the Philippine Medical Board Examination (PMBE) basic sciences in 1966. At graduation, he was voted most outstanding intern at St. Luke’s Hospital Quezon City, and placed 9th in the PMBE clinical sciences of 1968 when he was the lone Far Eastern University alumnus among the topnotchers.
Dr. Reyes had a rotating internship at St. Luke’s Hospital of Quezon City as requirement for the degree of doctor of medicine, and another from July 1968 to June 1969 at Grant Hospital of Chicago. He completed anatomic and clinical pathology at the Hines Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital, Illinois, from July 1969 to June 1973. He is a diplomate in anatomic and clinical pathology (1974) and in cytopathology (1996) by the American Board of Pathology.
His records indicate that he had served as acting chief of the clinical laboratory section (July 1974-October 1976), section chief of clinical laboratory section, and director of blood bank at Hines VA Hospital (November 1976–June 1980); assistant professor of pathology at the University of Illinois Abraham Lincoln College of Medicine in Chicago (September 1976– August 1996); acting chief of anatomic pathology section of VA Medical Center in Reno NV (October 1992); assistant, later associate, professor of pathology at Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (September 1996–July 2002); and lead pathologist (July 2001–June 2002), staff pathologist (July 1973–July 2002), and chief of cytopathology section (July 1990–July 2002) at Hines VA Hospital.
Dr. Reyes was recognized Alumnus of the Year 1991 by the Far Eastern University Medical Alumni in Illinois, Alumnus of the Year 1993 by the Far Eastern University Dr. Nicanor Reyes School of Medicine Alumni Foundation USA, Distinguished Physician of the Year 1994 by the Philippine Medical Association in Chicago, the 26th annual Dean Lauro Panganiban MD Memorial Lecturer in 2004, and the 16th annual Dr. Nicanor Reyes Jr. Memorial Lecturer in 2011.
To date, Dr. Reyes has published at least 127 refereed scientific reports and 57 abstracts in international medical journals and has presented 47 clinical papers at medical meetings held in the United States.
He retired from Hines VA Hospital in July 2002, after an uninterrupted 35-year service. Dr. Reyes, however, continued to practice full time pathology at Morris Hospital in Morris IL for another 11 years.
He also concurrently worked as a volunteer (without compensation) consultant in cytopathology and dermatopathology at Hines VA Hospital for 10 years; executive director for the 25 years and continuing medical education (CME) committee member for 10 years of the Philippine Medical Association in Chicago; adviser for 20 years for the St. Luke’s Alumni Nursing Foundation – USA; executive director for 10 years, CME committee chairman for 20 years, and ECTOPIC MURMURS editor for 20 years of the Far Eastern University Dr. Nicanor Reyes School of Medicine Alumni Foundation; vice president and editor of the FEUMAANI; and PMAC News editor.
At age 73, Dr. Reyes went home to the Lord. He was beloved husband of 48 years to Elisa A. Reyes. R.N. (nee Averilla); devoted father of Mary Emily Telford and Carlo Reyes, and proud grandfather of Katherine Telford, Isabelle Telford, William Telford, Thomas Reyes, and Amy Reyes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Divine Savior Parish or FEUDNRSM Alumni Foundation. (http://www.hjfunerals.com/obituaries/2017/12/04/cesar-v-reyes-m-d/)