Guam-born gastroenterologist returns home to join GMH medical team
By Pacific Island Times News Staff
A Guam-born doctor who studied in the U.S. mainland has returned home to join the Guam Memorial Hospital's specialists team.
GMH welcomed Dr. Paul Muña Aguon, a highly credentialed skilled gastroenterologist and advanced endoscopist, who has already hit the ground running.
As Guam’s only gastroenterologist, Muna Aguon sees patients with gastrointestinal, liver and pancreaticobiliary issues at the hospital's Outpatient Gastroenterology Specialty Clinic.
The hospital administration said the hiring of Muña Aguon was the result of GMH’s collaborative recruitment efforts with other government offices to bring critically needed specialists to Guam. Born and raised on Guam, Dr. Muña Aguon returns to his roots after completing a rigorous Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship program at the renowned Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ.
His journey into the medical field began with earning his medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in 2016.
Muña Aguon completed an Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix in 2019, where he further honed his expertise by completing a Gastroenterology Fellowship Program, earning the title of Chief Fellow. Muña Aguon is double certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
During his career, Aguon earned several awards for his service, including the Presidential Poster Award in 2022 for his work on a rare complication of peroral endoscopic myotomy, second place in Fellow Developed Case Reports for Advanced Pancreatic-Biliary Interventions, and in June 2019, he was honored as Internal Medicine Resident of the Year.
“GMH is very fortunate and grateful to have a gastroenterologist of Dr. Muña Aguon ’s caliber joining us at the hospital,” Hospital Administrator/CEO Lillian Perez-Posadas said.
“Guam has needed a skilled gastroenterologist to care for our people suffering from diseases and disorders affecting their digestive systems. GMH has been diligently recruiting specialists to meet Guam’s critical care needs and Dr. Muña Aguon, a son of Guam, is an excellent example of everyone’s collective efforts to bring home our local doctors," she added.
He is proficient in performing diverse range of medical procedures, including esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, complex polypectomy, diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic ultrasound, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography.
GMH said patients seeking a consultation with Muña Aguon will require a referral from their primary provider.