Curriculum Vitae of Dr Willie Ong (January 2016)

January 20th, 2016

Name: Willie T. Ong, MD, MPH, FPCP, FPCC

Master in Public Health

Fellow, Philippine College of Physicians

Fellow, Philippine College of Cardiology


  1. Pre-medical Course: University of the Philippines, Diliman, 1988
  2. Medical School: De La Salle University, 1992
  3. Internal Medicine Residency: Manila Doctors Hospital, 1996
  4. Adult Cardiology Fellowship: UP-Philippine General Hospital, 1999
  5. History of Medicine and Public Health Post-Doctoral Fellowship: University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000;
  6. Adult Congenital Heart Disease Post-Doctoral Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 2000
  7. Master in Public Health, UP Manila, 2002 (highest academic performance)


  1. Consultant, Department of Health, 2010-2014
  2. Board of Trustee, De La Salle University Health Science Institute, 2009-2014
  3. Cardiologist-Internist, Makati Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital
  4. Columnist, The Philippine STAR, Pilipino Star Ngayon
  5. Resident Medical Expert & Volunteer Doctor, ABS-CBN’s Salamat Dok TV Show, 2008-present
  6. Radio Host, DZRH public service program “Docs on Call”, 2009-present
  7. Facebook Page Creator, Dr Willie T. Ong Health Page with 1.1 Million followers.
  8. You Tube Channel Creator, Dr Willie Ong Channel, with 1.5 Million views monthly.
  9. Medical Director, Pasay Filipino-Chinese Charity Health Center, since 1991

10. President, Co Tec Tai Philippine Medical Museum, 2005-

11. Founder, Movement of Idealistic and Nationalistic Doctors (MIND), 2005-

12. Chairman, Makabayang Duktor Foundation, Inc.

13. Lecturer, Medical History, Social Medicine Unit, UP-College of Medicine


  1. Xavier-Kuangchi Award for Exemplary Alumni, 2013 – Given by The Xavier School Board of Trustees on March 15, 2013
  2. First Health and Lifestyle Exemplar Award, 2012 – Given at H&L Magazine 10 Year-Anniversary Celebration
  3. Excellence Award , 2009 – Given by Philippine Federation of Professional Associations (PFPA)
  4. Ulirang Ama Award, 2008 – Awarded by the National Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Foundation
  5. The Outstanding Filipino Physician Award (TOFP), 2007 – Awarded by Department of Health, JC International Senate and PhilHealth
  6. Dr. Jose Rizal Award for Excellence in Medicine, 2006 – Awarded by Kaisa Heritage Museum and Manila Times
  7. Presidential Awards for 2005, Phil. College of Physicians
  8. Distinguished Fellow Award for 2004, Phil. College of Physicians
  9. Presidential Awards for 2003, Phil. College of Physicians
  10. Plaque of Recognition for having attained the highest academic performance in the MPH Class 2001 – Awarded at CPH UP Manila, April 17, 2002
  11. Plaque of Recognition for Significant Contribution to Medical Education – Awarded at DLSU College of Medicine, Nov. 12, 1999
  12. Chief Fellow, Philippine General Hospital, 1999
  13. Chief Resident, Manila Doctors Hospital 1996
  14. Most Outstanding Intern, San Juan De Dios, 1993


  1. Medicine Blue Book 11th Edition
  2. Expanded Medicine Blue Book 6th Edition
  3. Cardiology Blue Book 5th Edition
  4. Co Tec Tai Medical Museum Collection: A Glimpse Of Philippine Medical History (Coffee Table Book)
  5. How To Live Longer 3rd Edition
  6. Stay Younger Live Healthier
  7. Doctor’s Health Tips & Home Remedies
  8. Sakit sa Puso, Diabetes at Tamang Pagkain
  9. High Blood, Cholesterol at Pag-iwas Sa Sakit 3rd Edition
  10. Payo Ni Dok: Solusyon Sa Mga Sakit
  11. Sakit Sa Kidney, Baga at Tiyan
  12. Tips para Gumanda, Pumayat at Humaba ang Buhay
  13. Philippine College of Physicians Through 50 Years: Fulfilling the Vision
  14. Ideals and Inspirations for Doctors: Selected Writings from Medical Classics
  15. Legacy of Medicine: Interviews with Distinguished Filipino Internists
  16. Altapresyon at Tamang Pangangalaga sa Inyong Puso
  17. Health and Life (In Chinese Language)
  18. Master of Public Health Blue Book*

RESEARCH PAPERS: 7 published and 12 unpublished

Health Benefits of Eating Bananas

July 11th, 2014

By Dr. Willie T. Ong (Internist-Cardiologist)

1. Eat a banana if you have heartburn. The Journal of Nutritional Biochemisty (February, 2001) attests to the anti-ulcer properties of the banana. Bananas act like a natural antacid to the stomach. In this article, they identified the secret component in the banana, the flavonoid leucocyanidin. Studies show that bananas can protect against aspirin-induced gastritis and can significantly increase the mucous membrane lining of the stomach.

2. Bananas are high in fiber and vitamins. A single banana contains 16% of the dietary fiber, 15% of the vitamin C, 11% of the potassium and 20% of the vitamin B6 recommended each day.

3. Bananas are good for the heart. Potassium is an essential mineral needed to regulate water balance, acidity level and blood pressure of the body. A lack of potassium may cause muscle weakness and irregular heartbeat. For patients taking a diuretic medicine, they should take 2 bananas a day to keep the potassium level up. Take note also that bananas have zero sodium (good for high blood pressure) and zero fat and cholesterol (good for those with high cholesterol).

4. Bananas may reduce strokes. Numerous studies have shown that low potassium levels can cause heart palpitations, which can then lead to a stroke.

5. Bananas help counter stress and insomnia. Bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that is known to make you feel happy and improve your mood.

6. Diabetics may take bananas in moderation. Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep the blood sugar level up. The glycemic index rating for a ripe, yellow banana is 51 which is fairly good. This means that the carbohydrates in a banana have a medium to slow effect in raising your blood sugar levels. However, as bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar and may cause your blood sugar to rise more. The lesson is: it’s okay to eat a banana, but not the overripe one.

7. Bananas for fatigue and anemia. Have you seen Roger Federer eat a banana between games? The high potassium content prevents cramps and gives ready energy with its easily digestible starch. Bananas are also a rich source of iron, thus it is helpful in patients with anemia.

8. Bananas may prevent leukemia. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology by Kwan et al. (Dec 2004, pp. 1098-107) shows an association between regular consumption of bananas and oranges in children from ages 0-2 and a reduction in childhood leukemia.

9. Bananas may prevent childhood asthma. A European study of 2,640 primary school children in South London concludes that eating bananas at least once a day reduces episodes of wheezing and asthma attacks in children (European Respiratory Journal, Feb. 14, 2007). Eating apples and other fruits were not as beneficial.

10. It’s cheap! The best news about the lowly banana is that it’s cheap. And it comes in a great package. A banana can fit cleanly in your bag. Just cut it high up in the stem. When you feel hungry and stressed, reach for a banana.

The only downside with bananas is that some people may get constipation. If this is the case, then maybe you can mix your bananas with other fruits like papayas and watermelon to loosen your bowels. Taking in lots of water also helps.

I hope you can discover the wonders of the banana and add it to your daily diet. It just might cure you of your medical problems. Remember: Two bananas a day can keep the doctor away.

The Correct Way To Drink Water

July 4th, 2013

Article and Video By Dr. Willie T. Ong (Internist-Cardiologist)

Here are the benefits of drinking water:
1. Water prevents kidney stones. The most common cause of kidney stones is not drinking enough water. Since water dissolves the substances that form stones in the urine, drinking 12 glasses daily helps treat kidney stones.
2. Water treats urinary tract infection. The more water you drink, the more you will urinate. Drinking lots of water will help flush out harmful bacteria from your bladder.
3. Water helps patients with diarrhea by preventing dehydration.
4. Water helps reduce fever. For symptoms of flu, water can help lower your body temperature when you urinate the “heat” out of your body. If you’re sick, drink more water for you to recover faster.
5. Water helps treat cough and colds, sore throat, and respiratory infections. Water helps loosen sticky phlegm.
6. Water reduces heartburn. Taking 2-3 gulps of water every 20 minutes or so can help flush the stomach acid away. Bananas and water are effective alternatives to taking antacids. Try it.
7. Water prevents constipation and its complications. Too little water can harden the stools and lead to hemorrhoids and diverticulosis, a disease of the large bowel. Drink water and eat lots of vegetables to soften your stools.
8. Water keeps you alert and energetic. If you’re dehydrated, your blood is literally thicker. This makes it harder for the blood to circulate. As a result, the brain can become less active and you can feel confused and fatigued.
9. Water helps reduce weight. By drinking a glass or two of water before a meal, you will lessen the amount of food you can take in order to feel full. Water has zero calories and will not make you fat.
10. Water keeps your skin soft and radiant.

The Proper Way To Drink Water:
1. Drink water when you wake up. You are naturally thirsty or dehydrated in the morning. Drinking water in the morning helps flush out the toxins that have accumulated all night.
2. Drink 8 to 12 glasses a day.
3. Drink little by little throughout the day. It is preferable to sip water throughout the day rather than to drink two glasses all at once. This will lessen the stress on the heart.
4. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re probably already 2 glasses below your normal water needs. Elderly people are also less sensitive to the body’s need for water.
5. Drink water, not soft drinks, alcohol or coffee.
6. Train children to drink water.
7. Drink more when it’s hot. People living in hot climates need to drink more water. They are more prone to develop kidney stones compared to those living in cooler regions.
8. Drink more as you exercise. When you exercise, you need to drink more water to compensate for fluid loss. Go for an extra 500 ml of water for a 30-minute to 1-hour exercise.
9. Drink more when you’re sick. Even though you don’t feel like it, you really need to drink more water to help your body recover from various infections. If you’re dehydrated, you’ll feel much worse.
10. Drink more if you’re pregnant. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Drink 10 cups of fluids daily and women who breast-feed may take in about 13 cups of fluids a day. Good luck.

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