Canadian Medical Association

St. John’s; University of Santo Tomas (Philippines), 1956; general practice. Died Aug. 5, 2021, aged 91. Survived by 3 children and his grandchildren. “He originally moved to Milwaukee, where he went on to a thoracic surgical residency. After much reflection, he left that area of practice and took his family to St. John’s in 1962, where he began his career in the treatment of tuberculosis at the St. John’s Sanatorium. In making the move, the Bautistas became the second Filipino family in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. From 1965 until 1968 they returned to the United States, where Juanito worked primarily in the field of tuberculosis treatment, but they returned to St. John’s so he could resume working at the sanatorium as clinical director. The sanatorium was the main provincial TB referral hospital where patients would reside for an average of 6 months for TB treatment. When TB came under control, the province decided to close all sanatoriums in 1972, and Juanito moved to St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s, where he worked on the Chest Unit, the last vestige of the old San, until his retirement in 1992, when it closed. During those 20 years he also became involved in teaching internal medicine and anesthesia residents during their respiratory rotations; his son Michael had the pleasure of working on that unit with him and Dr. Duncan Rice. Juanito was active in the Newfoundland Thoracic Society, the Newfoundland Lung Association and the Better Breathing Club, and was granted lifetime membership in the Newfoundland Lung Association in 1993.”

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