American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

2003 Domestic Volunteer Award: Juan M. Montero

Juan Morilla Montero II, MD, FACS, a general surgeon from Chesapeake, VA, received the 2003 ACS Surgical Volunteerism Award for his domestic work in the Eastern Shore Region of Virginia. In 1978 he served as founding president of the Philippine Medical Association of Virginia. In that capacity, he developed a mobile clinic project as the organization's charitable arm to serve medically needy migrant workers from the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The Mobile Clinic was used for six years until medical care for the migrant patients became better organized through a government subsidy. In 1992, he founded the Chesapeake Care Free Clinic to care for the uninsured working poor population in the area. The clinic's health coverage services have become one of the most comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental treatments in the nation, and all services are offered free of charge. Today over 6000 patient visits are accommodated annually at Chesapeake Care. In the early 1990s, Dr. Montero organized a team of state lobbyists to help pass a state law giving tax credits to physicians and dentists who volunteer in free clinics.

Chesapeake Care Free Clinic