CALIMAG, Maria Minerva P.

CALIMAG, Maria Minerva P.

Academic Qualifications

Research Highlights

Research Interests

Academic Qualifications / Research Highlights / Research Interests


  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 1981
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Education Major in Educational Management, University of Santo Tomas – Manila, Philippines, 2011
  • Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology, University of the Philippines – Manila, Philippines, 2003


  • Diplomate, Philippine Board of Anesthesiology, 1988
  • Fellow, Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology 1992
  • Fellow, International College of Surgeons, Philippine Section, 2004
  • Fellow, Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists, 2015
  • Fellow, Philippine College of Hospital Administrators, 2018
  • Resource Person and Panel Member of Technical Working Groups for health policies and health laws at the UP Health Policy Development Hub, the Dangerous Drugs Board, the Philippine National Formulary, the Department of Health, and the Philippine Senate and Congress Blue Ribbon Committees and Committees on Health
  • Dr. Calimag is part inter-alia of multi-institutional and interdisciplinary collaborative research grants from the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Metro Manila Health Research Development Hub (MMHRDH), the Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC), and the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC).
  • Cancer and palliative care
  • Anesthetic pharmacology and clinical pharmacology of pain
  • Ethnopharmacology
  • Pharmacovigilance issues
  • Social medicine encompassing health literacy issues in public health, technology integration in medical education, health informatics, research ethics, human behavior in organization, and health policy

Courses Handled

Major Recognitions

Professional Activities

Courses Handled / Major Recognitions / Professional Activities​

  • 2021 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education
  • 2017 Special Book Citation for the Encyclopedia of Common Medicinal Plants of the Philippines (Vol. 1), National Academy of Science and Technology and the Department of Science and Technology
  • 2012 Most Outstanding Professional in Medicine, Professional Regulation Commission
  • 2012 First Eric Nubla Most Outstanding Professional, Professional Regulation Commission
  • 2014 Quintin J. Gomez Award as Most Outstanding Filipino Anesthesiologist, Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists
  • 26th Dr. Jose Rizal Memorial Award as Most Outstanding Physician for the Academe Category, Philippine Medical Association
  • 2010 International Award for Research in the Basic Science, International Association for the Study of Pain
  • 1987 USTMAA Tri-State Research Award
  • 1987 Colegio Medico-Farmaceutico de Filipinas Research Award
  • Gold and Silver Series Awards for Research, University of Santo Tomas (since 2000)
  • International Publication Award, University of Santo Tomas
  • Editor-in-Chief, Philippine Journal of Anesthesiology
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Medicine University of Santo Tomas
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Social Health
  • Member, Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors
  • Member, Asia-Pacific Association of Medical Editors
  • Member, National Research Council of the Philippines
  • President, Asian and Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine (AOSRA-PM), 2015-2017
  • President, Philippine Medical Association (PMA), 2014-2016
  • President, Philippine Society of Anesthesiologists (PSA), 2010-2012
  • President, Society for Obstetric Anesthesia of the Philippines (SOAP), 2001-2003
  • President, Philippine Society of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (PSECP), 2018-2020
  • President, Regional Anesthesia Society of the Philippines (RASPhil), 2017-2019

Selected Publications

  • Calimag, M.M. (2021). The ePortfolio: Technology-enhanced authentic assessment in the continuum of medical education. In A. Moura, P. Reis & M.N. Cordeiro (eds.), Handbook of Research on Determining the Reliability of Online Assessment and Distance Learning (pp. 149-170). Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA: IGI Global.
  • Calimag, M.M. (2020). Community-based palliative care for chronic cancer patients in the Philippines. In Silbermann, M (ed.), Palliative Care for Chronic Cancer Patients in the Community (pp. 563-571). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Macapagal, J. & Calimag, M.M. (2020). Effect of a video-based case presentation educational intervention anchored on the Theory of Planned Behavior on adoption of oral health behaviors among dental Patients: A quasi-experimental study. Odovtos-International Journal of Dental Sciences, 23(2), 148-160. [indexed in Clarivate Analytics – Emerging Sources Citation Index]
  • Maria Minerva P. Calimag and Michael Silbermann (2019) Current Challenges and Evolving Strategies in Implementing Cancer and Palliative Care Services in the Philippines. British Journal of Cancer Research. 2(2): 257 – 263. doi: 10.31488/bjcr.127
  • Kok Yuen Ho, Jin Seok Ahn, Maria Minerva Calimag, et al. (2017). Inadequate treatment practices for pain relief and adverse event management in cancer patients across 10 countries/regions in Asia: A call for greater efforts to improve standards for patient care. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology ISSN: 1743-77563 (Online) DOI: 10.1111/ajco.
  • Yong-Chul Kim, Jin Seok Ahn, Maria Minerva P. Calimag, et al. (2015). Current practices in cancer pain management in Asia: A survey of patients and physicians across 10 countries. Cancer Medicine Online ISSN: 2045- 7634
  • Francis O. Javier and Maria Minerva P. Calimag. (2007). Opioid Use in the Philippines—20 years after the Introduction of the WHO Analgesic Ladder European Journal of Pain Suppl 1(S1) 19-22.

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