About Dr. Larisma
Chymbeelyn B. Larisma, M.D. completed her board certification in medicine at age 25. Being a single mother of 3, she decided to switch over her practice to clinical research to continue her love for medicine and yet still have a family life. She brings with her to St. Hope over 15 years of experience in biotech and pharmaceutical drug development. She has extensive experience in clinical operations, medical science liaison, clinical study design, project management, supply chain processes, safety database management and leadership training with in-depth knowledge of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and International Conference on Harmonization of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) Guidelines. She also has medical training background with broad therapeutic areas of expertise in internal medicine, infectious diseases (HIV/HCV), women’s health, oncology, neurology and trauma. She keeps herself updated with the current trends in therapeutic management in the fields of Family Practice, Infectious Disease and Oncology by being actively involved in patient care in the clinical setting and regular updates with continuing medical education. She has a great work ethics and professionalism, as she tries to bring forth the best in her environment as well as amongst those of her teammates. She is known to deliver the goods, at most times, more than what is expected, in a timely manner at the most efficient and economical way without compromising the integrity of the product. Personally, she finds herself truly blessed, as she tries to give back to the community by being actively involved in several volunteer and charitable works. She served as the President of the Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (TAPP), a non-profit organization serving the poor with their basic elemental & medical needs; member of Harris County Medical Society, Chairperson for Medical Services; Health Affairs for the Houston Royal Oaks Lions Club, member of the Sanctuary Medical Alert Response Team (SMART) her local Lakewood Church and is a member of the Certified Emergency Rescue Team (CERT) in Texas. Yet, her most coveted role is being a single mother of three, all grown and well accomplished individuals in their own rights and a newly grandmother to a very adorable baby girl.
Q&A with Dr. Larisma
What inspired you to become a practitioner?
When I was 15 years old, a favorite loved one died traumatically in front of me. At that age, I didn’t know what to do but just call for help. Since then I vowed to myself that I will always be ready and able to help anyone who comes to me for help. Straight from high school, I went for my Bachelor’s degree in Science, followed thereafter medical school. I was board certified in medicine at age 25.
What is your philosophy on patient care?
Honesty is always a good policy. Each patient, no matter what their ethnicity, sex, gender, religious or educational background is, will have a good sense of how they are being treated. As a saying goes: “Do unto others as what you would want others to do unto you”. I believe that we should be caring and compassionate to all patients from different walks of life. And be an expert in our chosen field in relation to their condition so we can impart to them these knowledge and facts. In order for them to participate actively in their own care, they should be equipped with these knowledge and have an informed decision as to how their treatment plan should go. That is the key to a successful health outcome.
Why St. Hope?
A very good friend and colleague of mine, introduced me to St. Hope. Having learned what St. Hope is all about, caring for the patient, regardless of their socio-economic status, insured or uninsured, documented or undocumented, encouraged me to consider staying here. It always feel good when you work for an agency that has the same values and mission you have in life that is: helping others who are in need no matter what their status in life.