Alumni Profile: Gene Dillague, MD, MSCR, Chair of the AUHS MSCR Program
By Dr. Gene Jose Dillague
- What got you interested in health sciences?
- My mother raised us up with altruistic Christian values and so helping people is a lifestyle we were taught to embrace. She ingrained in us the golden rule and always reminded us to treat others with the respect and the dignity they deserved. She was a high school teacher herself, and we saw how she invested her life in mentoring teenagers. Because of my leanings towards the sciences and following her example, I chose to be a medical doctor. I knew God was calling me to serve as a healer and so I became a Family physician.
- How did your volunteer experiences at AUHS affect you, or how have AUHS values become important to you?
- The one volunteer experience at AUHS that left an indelible mark in me was “The Washing of the Feet.” With Pastor Johnson, I participated in showing the love of Christ with this symbolic gesture of service that I know touched the community AUHS serves. This was memorable to me because it brought to mind the principle of servant leadership that Jesus demonstrated with his own life. “We are blessed to be a blessing.” This is now a constant mantra I remind myself every time I serve others.
- What are you doing now?
- For the last ten years, I have been doing clinical research work and am involved in drug development. I work exclusively for Pfizer studies and had the opportunity to be part of the clinical trials for both the Covid19 vaccine and the recently approved Covid19 drug, Paxlovid. My job is to serve as a liaison for Pfizer and oversee the clinical trials at the clinics and hospitals where the Pfizer investigational products are being tested. I ensure that the investigators at these sites comply with the protocol and with federal regulations.
- What are your plans/dreams for the future?
- I only have two more goals in my professional life. I want to spend my time between these two endeavors: train more clinical researchers and be a medical missionary.