Meet Our Volunteers
Liborio Soledad Jr., MD
Joining surgical outreach activities provided me with the opportunity to give back to the less fortunate members of society.
As they say, not everything is learned within the four walls of the classroom. Being a physician
is a continuous learning experience, and joining this program provided me with a supplementary venue for sustained education. Every patient is different and we always acquire skill and knowledge in each case that we handle. Moreover, this teach us to work in teams. I have come to realize the truth in the expression, “no man is an island” through volunteer work. The close-knit multidisciplinary team of WSFP gave me this awareness and keeps the "god complex" in all of us in check.
Let me end by saying that there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the grateful smile,
receiving a handshake, or hearing words of gratitude from a patient or relative, after a
successful surgical procedure. No monetary compensation will ever equal or surpass that
experience, it is priceless. This is why I join WSFP's surgical outreach activities.
Cathline Avellano, RN
The World Surgical Foundation Philippines has created a huge impact on my personal & professional career.
Volunteering is my way of gratitude, for the life that I have. It is an opportunity to share my time and skills to others who need it the most.
My involvement in the organization created an avenue for continuous learning, enhancing my techniques and knowing more about Perioperative Nursing.
The experience also gave me the chance to scrub in with the best doctors, nurses, and to work alongside other volunteers who challenge you to be at your best at all times.
WSFP opened an opportunity that is not only focused on my Perioperative nursing career., but strengthened my skills in decision making and people empowerment.
The camaraderie among my colleagues in the WSFP ignited a spark of compassion, humility and social responsibility within me.
I was surrounded with people whose vision and views in life are geared towards service of others, through them, I developed a sense of purpose and appreciates the world on a different light.
Lissa Henson, MD
I have been a member of the WSFP since 2018. My first mission was in Batangas. From that
experience, I knew that I would be joining this foundation and its surgical outreach activities for a very long time.
As a new graduate of a subspecialty training at that time, it was difficult to establish a practice.
Joining the outreach activities gave me the avenue to continue practicing my skills while at the same time, serving the less fortunate. During outreach activities, I have encountered difficult cases from which I have learned so much through the teachings of Dr. Domingo Alvear, the Global Founder of WSF International. He tirelessly taught me new techniques and approaches in the surgical management of children. These learnings, I will bring with me for the rest of my life. I also met doctors, nurses and people from other countries in joining international missions and have also learned from them. Until now, some of them I can reach out for academic-related stuff.
Personally, joining this foundation made me meet a lot of new doctors, nurses and other
medical personnel who I also learn a lot from. Needless to say, they have become friends, not just acquaintances. The bond that forms among us is immeasurable. WSFP is like “Ohana” – a family where no one gets left behind.
I will forever be grateful to the President, Dr. Lester Suntay and former president, Dr. Beda
Espineda for inviting me to join this team. Every mission is tiring but very worth the experience. All of the officers and members of WSFP will always remain inspirations to me for their generosity and selfless service to the community.