“In the medical profession we make important and difficult decisions close to a daily basis. Through the help of Universitas’ first CEO and president, I attended the medical ethics seminar at Witherspoon Institute which put things into perspective: that our actions and decisions as medical practitioners have moral significance and should always be oriented to the good. In other words, physicians are called to do good. At Universitas, we seek to create opportunities to understand universal principles and their implications to our professions and to building the nation.”


Amiel is a board-certified internal medicine specialist from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). He graduated in 2017 from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine’s accelerated Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine (INTARMED) program. During residency training, he was Assistant Chief Resident for Services at the PGH Department of Medicine and was recognized as Most Outstanding Second Year Resident. Amiel first met Universitas as a science scholar in Davao City through the “Leading Leaders: Uniting the Nation in Virtue” seminar. With the help of Universitas’ first CEO, he attended a seminar on medical ethics and natural law at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ. Later he delivered talks on bioethics to university students.  An aspiring critical care physician, he also  enjoys #MedTwitter and evidence-based medicine and does part-time work as evidence reviewer for clinical practice guidelines. Amiel was the first project manager of the Universitas Doctors Forum (2019-2020) and is now the Director of the Research, Publication and New Media arm.


MAY 05, 2020 – The recently-concluded Universitas Fellows’ Night (UFN), held on April 24 via Zoom, was graced by the presence of no less than Dr. Cary Amiel Villanueva, one of the Project Managers of the Foundation and a Junior Associate in the Universitas Fellows Program.

A licensed physician, Dr. Amiel is currently working as an internal medicine resident at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH). The PGH, as the national university hospital, is operated and administered by the UP College of Medicine, from which Dr. Amiel obtained his bachelor of medicine under the seven-year Intarmed Program. […] Read more

 In the mid year break of 2016, three Filipino doctors flew to the East Coast of the United States to attend a week-long course on medical ethics, held at Princeton University.

The seminar, entitled “Medical Ethics: A Natural Law Perspective”, ran from June 12 to 18, 2016 and was organized by the Witherspoon Institute, a research center in Princeton, New Jersey that works to enhance the public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic societies. […] Read more