The Department of Human Structural Biology (HSB) was established when Far Eastern University (FEU) Institute of Medicine was founded in 1952 with Dr. Domingo G. Ampil as its founding chair. It was divided into two sections, the section of Gross HSB which is otherwise known as Anatomy, and the section of Microscopic HSB which is further subdivided into Histology, Embryology and Neuroanatomy. HSB utilized the sixth and seventh floors of then, the Science building of FEU Morayta, Manila campus. Dr. Ampil headed the department until the inauguration of the FEU – Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation in 1970 which is composed of the Institute of Medicine, the School of Medical Technology, FEU Hospital and the Student Health Service Clinic. He continued to head the department ten years after FEU-NRMF was established with a total of 21 dynamic faculty members in the span of 28 years. Succeeding chairs of the department were Dr. Francisco P. Solis (1980 – 1988), Dr. Atilano P. Batista (1988 – 1991) and Dr. Edgardo D. Mendoza (1991 -2004).

In 1996, Dr. Josephine C. Reyes, Chair of the Board of NRMF, made her vision of modernizing the Institute of Medicine into a reality. Hence in the year 2000, the department was transferred at the 4th floor of the new Institute of Medicine in Fairview, Quezon City. Dr. Mendoza continued to be its chair until 2004 when Dr. Nestor T. Hilvano succeeded him who only served for a year because he has to further his studies in other country. Dr. Clester F. Bea completed the term of Dr. Hilvano as chair till 2007. From then on, the department is spearheaded by the indefatigable Dr. Alvin B. Vibar. Presently the faculty is comprised of active specialists and academicians who are dedicated in imparting their continuing education to the institution’s well rounded learners towards the accomplishment of the university’s mission – vision.

In 2014, the curriculum of the HSB was modified to cater the emanation of outcomes - based education. Basic radiology was incorporated in Gross HSB to instill early and better appreciation of the subject and its application in the clinics. Neuroanatomic basis of Neurologic examination is introduced in Microscopic HSB aside from Neurologic cases discussed during small group discussions. Medical students will now have a grasp of what is to expect in the clinics as they proceed towards the achievement of their aspiration – Doctor of Medicine.

At present, Dr. Vibar envisions to upgrade the learning tools in HSB by acquisition of improved technologies to cope up with the rapid advancement in medicine towards a cadaver-less and microscope-less department.

Previous Chairmen
Clester F. Bea, MD 2005 – 2007
Nestor T. Hilvano, MD 2004 – 2005
Edgardo D. Mendoza, MD 1991 – 2004
Atilano P. Batista, MD 1988 – 1991
Francisco P. Solis, MD 1980 – 1988
Domingo G. Ampil, MD 1952 – 1980


1. Dr. James Taclin Bañez – Full Time Assistant Professor C
2. Dra. Leona Melodia T. Matheus – Full Time Associate Professor C
3. Dr. Clester F.Bea – Full Time Assistant Professor A
4. Dr. Leandro Vila – Full time Assistant Professor C
5. Dr. Norman V. Valera – Part Time Assistant Professor D
6. Dr. Michael L. Capulong – Part time Assistant Professor D
7. Dra. Reginette F.Viloria – Part Time Assistant Professor B
8. Dr. Hilario A. Casimiro – Part Time Assistant Professor D
9. Dr. Nolan E. Pecho – Part Time Assistant Professor A
10. Dra. Grace M. Bardelosa – Part Time Assistant Professor D
11. Dr. Briccio G. Alcantara – Part Time Assistant Professor A
12. Dr. Mel Anthony Y. Cruz – Part Time Assistant Professor D
13. Dr. Melanio G.Cruz – Part Time Full Professor
14. Dr. Dominador Enrique E. Gomez – Part Time Instructor A
15. Dra. Sarah Dimagiba-Dalisay – Part Time Instructor A
16. Dra. Catherine E. Cruz-Lucas – Part Time Instructor A
17. Dra. Mariemids S. Isidro – Part Time Assistant Professor C
18. Dr. Benedict E. Valencia – Part Time Assistant Professor D
19. Dr. Dennis Ivan U. Bravo – Part Time Assistant Professor C

1. Josefina A. Grimaldo
2. Shincha T. Asami
3. Gene Bisnar
4. Orlando Pimentel


3 hours lecture, 2 hours conference and 6 hours laboratory work per week in the first and second semesters of the first year. (Total for the academic year – 374 hours).

A study of the gross structure of the human body and its parts; in the living, in demonstration specimens and by dissection of cadavers. Full use of models, charts, atlases, medichrome slides and movies, is made. The study is correlated and integrated with Histology, Embryology and Neuro-anatomy. The relation with Biochemistry and Physiology is also touched upon. The study of the structures of the thorax and abdomen, followed by those of the head and neck, is emphasized more than those of the upper and lower limbs.

Textbook: Clinical Anatomy by Regions - Richard Snell

HISTOLOGY – Microscopic Anatomy
3 hours lecture, 1 hour projection and 6 hours laboratory work per week in the first semester of the first year.

(Total for the academic year – 170 hours).

A study of the microscopic structure of the human body and its parts. Micro-sections and related specimens or parts of the human body are studied with the aid of compound microscope and other magnifying instruments. Correlation with Gross Anatomy and the relation of details of structure with Biochemistry and Physiology are emphasized. Models, charts, medichrome slides and movies are freely used.

Textbooks: Junquiera’s Basic Histology

EMBRYOLOGY- Development Anatomy
2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory works per week in the second semester of the first year. (Total - 102 hours).

A study of the formation, development and maturation of the male and female germ cells, their union, subsequent segmentation, formation of the embryonic parts, implantation, development of the parts into their final forms, development of the embryo as a whole into the fetus, and subsequent events. Emphasis is placed on the role developmental anatomy plays in the understanding of the facts of Gross Anatomy and the details of Histology. Models, charts, atlases, medichrome slides and movies are also used.

Textbook: Langman’s Medical Embryology

2 hours lecture and 4 hours laboratory work per week in the second semester of the first year. (Total-102 hours).

A study of the gross, microscopic, developmental and functional anatomy of the nervous system and its parts. Emphasis is place on the role of the nerve cells, and their connections with one another in the carrying out of nervous functions. Gross specimens, micro-sections, models, charts, atlases, medichrome slides and movies are used in this study.

Textbook- Clinical Neuroanatomy - Snell


Past Presidents of Philippine Society of Anatomists

Atilano Batista, MD 1984 – 1985
Nestor Hilvano, MD 1996 – 1997
Julia Beltran, MD 2000 – 2001
Danilo Marella, MD 2004 – 2005
Clester Bea, MD 2006 – 2007
Melodia Matheus, MD 2007 – 2008
Ariel Jose Ampil, MD 2008 – 2009
Alvin Vibar, MD 2013 – 2014

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1. Philippine Society of Anatomists – Third Quarterly Assembly on October 17-18, 2015 at University of St. La Salle College of Medicine, Bacolod city

2. Philippine Society of Anatomists Annual Convention – December 4 – 5, 2015 at De La Salle Health Institute,College of Medicine, Dasmarinas Cavite

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