Dr. Bernie Quebral & Teresa Medina | Phillippine-Minnesotan Medical Association

(709) – Doctors helping poor in mission to Phillipines

Host | Kaleel Ahmed 



Bernie Quebral, M.D.

Dr. Quebral graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine and finished his Internal Medicine residency at the Cook County Hospital. He moved to Minnesota in 1995 to work with HealthPartners.

He is currently the medical director of the HealthPartners Woodbury Clinic and also works at Regions Hospital, Internal Medicine.

He served 4 terms as the President of the Philippine-Minnesotan Medical Association (group of physicians with affiliations to the Philippines). During his tenure, he started the free clinics in the local Twin Cities area, held twice a year. In 1998, he started organizing bi-annual medical mission trips to the Philippines to provide free medical, surgical and dental services to areas in need. The 40-70 member mission groups typically see about 5,000 patients each trip. In addition to providing medical services, supplies and medicines are collected and donated (distributed) to the mission hospital and surrounding provincial clinics.

Dr. Quebral has been a multiple recipient of the TopDoc award given by the Minneapolis-St Paul Magazine. He was also awarded the Clinical Excellence in Primary Care by the HealthPartners.
In his free time, he loves to ride his road bike and goes for 1-2 century rides a year. He also play finger style guitar and hopes that he can play in the streets someday for entertainment.


Teresa M. Medina

Teresa Medina graduated from the University Of MN School Of Journalism. Her communications degree in combination with a medical experience provides a unique background which has allowed her to pursue a career in development working with medical start-up companies such as, the Gustilo Medical Education Center, a research/development, biomechanics lab located in Downtown Minneapolis, and Scripsys, an off-shore medical transcription company located in the Philippines. She is currently acting Director of the Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation in Edina, MN.

Teresa is the daughter of Dr. Ambrosio Medina, a Filipino doctor who was recruited by the University of Minnesota residency program in 1957 as one of the first Filipino physicians to settle in Minneapolis. The influx of recruited Filipino doctors was precipitated by a shortage of American physicians in the late 1950’s, thus efforts were made to draw surplus physicians from the Philippines to the US.

She has helped coordinate medical missions to the Philippines with Dr. Bernard Quebral for the past 8 years and continues to develop overseas mission opportunities for orthopedic groups through the Twin Cities Orthopedics Foundation.

Much of her time is devoted to volunteer efforts revolving around medical missions, coordinating fundraising events and supporting other non-profits organizations like Fraser-organization dedicated to supporting children/adults affected by Autism.



Dr. Bernie Quebral, M.D. & Teresa Medina
Medical Mission to the Philippines
Phillippine-Minnesotan Medical Association