Guam – Guam’s longtime medical examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola will be retiring next month. Today, he was presented with a resolution to congratulate him on his career and honor him for his 25 years of service to the people of Guam.
Dr. Espinola may be retiring as a forensic pathologist, but in his long career in medicine, he’s also practiced in other fields of medicine, such as obstetrics-gynecology and anesthesiology. He even studied law and picked up a law degree from South Texax College of Law.
Born into poverty in the Philippines, a young Espinola first dreamed of becoming a farmer. But when a doctor refused to care for his sick brother because Espinola couldn’t afford to pay for his brother’s medical care, he resolved to become a doctor so he could help the poor.
He studied in Manila and practiced there for a few years before moving to the states where he eventually became the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner in Houston, Texas.
It was only by chance that Dr. Espinola settled on becoming a medical examiner on Guam; he was on the island for a short stopover when local physician Dr. Ernesto Espaldon convinced Dr. Espinola to take a job here instead. And the rest is history.
“I thank you for giving me this honor … and I want to thank the people of Guam for letting me serve them and growing part of my life,” Espinola said during the resolution presentation.
Resolution 556 was introduced by Dr. Espaldon’s son, Sen. Jim Espaldon. Dr. Espinola is set to retire on January 31, 2019.