Geminiano de Ocampo

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This is a photo of a National Scientist, who is renowned for his immense contributions on the field of ophthalmology in the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Specialized Philippine Enterprise Reference of Experts and Scientists (DOST - SPHERES).

Dr. Geminiano T. de Ocampo (September 16 , 1907 -September 2, 1987) is an internationally renowned ophthalmologist, who set up the first eye hospital in the Philippines.

Career and Contributions

Dr. de Ocampo was the first to introduce corneal transplantation in the Philippines. He set up the first Eye Bank and Eye Hospital in the country. He also helped in establishing the Philippine Eye Research Institute and the Philippine Ophthalmological Society, respectively. He designed an ophthalmological instrument known as the De Ocampo corneal dissector in 1956. He also worked for the passage and amendment of Republic Act No. 349, a law concerning the donation of eyeballs for corneal transplantation.

He received numerous awards for his work, including the National Scientist Award, which was conferred by Former President Ferdinand Marcos.


  • Doctor of Medicine - University of the Philippines, 1932


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  • National Academy of Science and Technology (2000). National Scientists of the Philippines (1978-1998). Anvil Publishing, Inc: Pasig City.



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