August 26, 2003 by

Josefina B. Magno


Categories: Medicine

jmagno.jpgJosefina B. Magno, an oncologist who established some of the first hospice programs in America, died on July 27 from congestive heart failure. She was 83.
Dr. Magno received her medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas. She served as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the National Science Development Board in the Philippines, and as the Assistant to the Secretary of Health of the Philippines until dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law.
After immigrating to America in the 1960s, Dr. Magno took a job as a physician at Georgetown University Hospital. Her views on patient care were drastically altered when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent chemotherapy treatments and a radical mastectomy to treat the disease, then became one of the first four fellows to train in oncology at Georgetown.
Working with cancer patients encouraged Dr. Magno to co-found Hospice of Northern Virginia, one of the first hospice centers in the United States. Today it helps care for more than 600 patients a day. As the first executive director of the National Hospice Organization of the United States, Dr. Magno sought to give patients in every state hundreds of hospice options.

3 Responses to Josefina B. Magno

  1. Debbie Stevenson

    I had the honor and pleasure to work with Dr. Magno at Henry Ford Hospital. When my daughter was killed in 1992, Dr. Magno was a strength for me that I will always remember. I wanted to do a tribute to her life in my college speech class just this semester. When I “Googled” her name, I was very upset to find that she had passed away and I’m ashamed to say that I never told her how much I appreciated and cherished the love that she showed me. Today, I feel that she is with my daughter and Stephanie is honored to have this angel with her now. Thank you Dr. Magno. I will always love you.

  2. Margy

    I first met Dr Magno when she was an oncologist. She came to take care of my friend who was dying. Later she would call me to drive her around to meetings. After one I met her son and married him. I can only tell you that she was in all aspects of her life the same wonderful person everyone tells you about. I knew her as a Doctor, a friend and then as a mother in law. She was the very best mother in law. I watched her create goals and achieve them and I admired her work, but truly her greatest achievement was the example she set of great faith in God. She loved God and talked about Him all the time to all of us in the family. She wrote daily or weekly e-mails that were full of life and love and encouragement. She set a very high standard for all of us to try hard to live up to the potential that we have given to us. I miss her but I don’t feel like she is very far away. I have many of her books and read them often and I must have 5 or 6 rosarys because she was always giving them to us. I have also a great collection of coffee mugs from all the places she visited or worked and that was a lot of places. So each morning I think of her as I get a coffee mug from Texas or Detroit.

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