Dr. Tolentino is an educator, double board-certified ophthalmologist, and surgeon responsible for the creation of several groundbreaking retinal surgery techniques. Inspired by his uncle, a physician, a young Dr. Tolentino dedicated himself to helping others through medicine, graduating from the University of the Philippines with an Associate of Arts in 1952 and his Doctor of Medicine in 1957. After completing his residency in ophthalmology in the Philippines, he moved to the United States to pursue a clinical fellowship in retina and vitreous surgery at the Retina Foundation in Boston, where he remained a research fellow until 1965. He spent the remainder of his career in both the United States and Manila, with clinical professorships and attending surgeon positions at Manila Medical Center, the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Makati Medical Center, and the University of the Philippines. Since 1971, he has been an associate scientist with the Eye Research Institute, and he remained an associate surgeon and staff member at Warren Memorial Hospital, Hahnemann Hospital, and the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary from the early 1980s until his retirement. Dr. Tolentino is a former member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Ophthalmology and the Journal of Retina & Vitreous, and was recently presented with an award for contributions to science by the American Association of the Philippines.
A biographical video details Dr. Tolentino’s professional accomplishments.