Dr. Ann Meredith Garcia Trinidad completed her medical degree (cum laude) in 2010 at the age of 23 from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine under the Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine (INTARMED) Program – a seven-year medical school curriculum that shortens the whole medical education by two years. She proceeded with her Internal Medicine Straight Internship at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital, where she was awarded as the Most Outstanding Intern in Internal Medicine. She then finished her Internal Medicine Residency Training and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training at the same institution, accompanied by a Master’s Degree in Clinical Medicine (Major in Medical Oncology). Dr. Trinidad is currently the Head of the Section of Medical Oncology of the Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital. Her major clinical interests include breast, colorectal, head and neck, gynaecologic, and rare cancers. She is a Diplomate and Fellow of the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO), ranking first in the 2016 Philippine Specialty Board of Medical Oncology Diplomate Examination. She currently serves as the Chair of the PSMO Multimedia Committee, which aims to provide better access to trustworthy cancer information and increase the public visibility of medical oncologists in her country. She is also a Fellow of the Philippine Society of Oncologists, as well as a Diplomate and Fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP). She is one of the Oncology chapter authors of the upcoming first Philippine Textbook in Internal Medicine, to be launched by the PCP in 2023, which will serve as an important reference material for all Filipino internists and medical practitioners.
Dr. Trinidad has a special interest in healthcare social media and medical writing, particularly as avenues for patient education and advocacy. She is an Advisory Panelist of the ASCO Cancer.Net Editorial Board and has written several articles for the Cancer.Net Blog. She has also written articles and granted interviews for various local magazines and newspapers. In 2015, she started her own Facebook-based patient education social media page where she writes about different cancer-related topics in Filipino, in an effort to help address the negative impact of low health literacy on the health-seeking behaviour of Filipino patients. Her page currently has over 110,000 followers and was included in MIMS Today’s “Filipino Health Workers and Social Media: Top pages you must follow.” She also serves as one of the Ambassadors of a cancer advocacy campaign called Hope From Within Cancer Game Plan PH.
In 2019, she was one of the graduates of the first ESMO Leaders Generation Programme Asia and now serves as a member of the ESMO Membership Committee (2021-2022). In 2020, she also received an International Development and Education Award (IDEA) from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Updated: January 2021