Dr Christine Bernal, MD

Dr Christine Bernal, MD

University of Santo Tomas, Manila,

Christine Bernal is Chief of the Pediatric Rheumatology Section at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Manila, Philippines. Dr Bernal finished her degree in Medicine at the same university, where she also did her residency training in pediatrics. This was followed by a fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. During her training, she received numerous awards including the honour of being one of the 10 most outstanding Fellows of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), the Amgen Pediatric Rheumatology Research Award and the Feigin Award for the most outstanding resident in Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital. As a Fellow, she has presented her research papers on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and Kawasaki disease at international conferences and authored a chapter in a rheumatology book.

Dr Bernal is a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics of UST and works as a Consultant in most of the tertiary hospitals in Manila. She is an advocate of early recognition of pediatric rheumatic diseases and has lectured all over the Philippines to educate pediatricians, making her a very sought after speaker in the field of pediatric rheumatology. Her research interests include SLE, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and Kawasaki disease.



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