Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea, Jr.

Enrique M. Ostrea
Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea, Jr. | @nastphl

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Dr. Enrique M. Ostrea, Jr. was recognized for his pioneering work on detecting fetal exposure to drugs, tobacco smoke, alcohol, and environmental toxins through meconium analysis, as well as his significant contributions to pediatrics, specifically in neonatal hyperbilirubinemia and neonatal drug addiction.

Corresponding Member Ostrea made an important contribution by developing the OstreaVent, a low-cost ventilator that has proven to be an effective substitute for the standard, high-cost, imported, commercial ventilators for premature infants with respiratory conditions, making the device more affordable and accessible to Filipinos in collaboration with the UP College of Engineering, the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines, and the UP College of Fine Art. Dr. Ostrea also invented the meconium drug test, one of the most sensitive tests for detecting fetal exposure to illicit drugs (first newborn stools).

Dr. Ostrea was the former Chief of Pediatrics and Director of University Nurseries at Hutzel Hospital, Detroit Medical Center, Wayne State University. He is the recipient of numerous research grant awards from the March of Dimes, the Michigan Department of Public Health, and the United States National Institutes of Health. Although he is abroad, Dr. Ostrea continuously uses his expertise to promote educational programs and training in the Philippines. Since 1976, he has returned to the Philippines on an annual basis as a lecturer, speaker, visiting professor, and consultant at numerous universities, hospitals, and medical centers in Metro Manila and the provinces.

CM Ostrea has obtained his Bachelor’s degree (cum laude) and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of the Philippines. He was elected to the Academy as Corresponding Member in 2016.

For more information about Dr. Ostrea, you may visit the NAST PHL website using this link: http://members.nast.ph/index.php/list-of-nast-members/details/1/109

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