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The Department of Surgery, as a specialized practice in Cotabato was already existent as early as 1959. It started as a training program in 1982 at Cotabato Regional Hospital now Cotabato Regional and Medical Center. On January 1991 the Department was given full accreditation as a Residency Training Program in General Surgery by the Philippine College of Surgeons. Since then, the Department has graduated 10 fully pledged fellows of the Philippine College of Surgeon and 5 subspecialty Fellows.


  • Breast Surgery
  • Burn Management
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery/Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Ophthalmology Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Surgery
  • Thoracic and Vascular Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Urologic Surgery


The Office of the Department of Surgery of Cotabato Regional and Medical Center is located at the second floor, left wing, before the Surgery Nurse Station.

Office hours: 8-5pm Monday to Friday except on Holidays

Contact number: (064) 4212340 Local 217

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Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS

Ishmael R. Dimaren, MD, MHA, FPCS, FPSGS, FPSCRS
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