LAST month, Dr. Rhoel Dejaño became the first ever Filipino doctor to have passed the International Olympic Committee Diploma Course in Sports Medicine.

He survived two years of studies, constant travels to Europe for two years to finally become the first Filipino to have earned this fete from the IOC.

Now, Dejaño will be trickling down those learnings to Cebuano patients, as he leads the rehabilitation team of the University of Cebu Medical Center’s state-of-the-art Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center. which opened yesterday.

UCMed's Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center offers Advanced Physical and Occupational Therapy; Nuerological, Musculoskeletal, Cardiopulmonary and Pediatric Rehab Care; Prevention and Treatment of Orthopedic and Sports Related Injuries; Spine and Hand Therapies; Strength and Conditioning Programs; and Geriatric Wellness Programs.

"This is a facility designed to cater to patients who need rehab care and also patients who need intervention and prevention of sports injuries or any injury for that matter," Dr. Dejaño said in yesterday's opening.

Senator Pia Cayetano was the special guest of the grand opening of UCMed's Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center.

The rehabilitation center boasts a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning gym, the latest modalities and equipment for rehabilitation and a rubberized track.

Dr. Dejaño heads the rehabilitation team as its Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Doctor.

There are also two other visiting physiatrists, Dr. Mary Jeanne Flordelis and Dr. Carmelo Barcenas.

The rehabilitation is also composed of four physical therapists - Maia Lucille Pacubas, Maricar Mamites, Brylle Anthony Codina and Luis Lagunay Jr. - and an occupational therapist Gracielle Therese Araw-Araw.