Dr.Melchisedec C. Ibanez
Melchisedec Cordova Ibanez MD, "Dr. Mike", 89, of 100 Spruce Street, passed away Wednesday (November 15, 2017) at his home.
Born June 28, 1928, in Himamalan Negros Occidental Philippines, he was a son of Paulo and Juana Cordova Ibanez. On May 23, 1980, in Warren, he married Rebecca A. Lindberg who survives.
Dr. Mike was a medical doctor and general surgeon at the M.C. Ibanez Surgical Corp. and Kane Community Hospital.
He was raised in the Philippines during the Japanese Occupation. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1967 and re-certified in 1998.He was a member of theAmerican Medical Assoc., the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the McKean County Medical Society, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons; member and Board of Directors of American Cancer Society of McKean Co. He was a Fellow at the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, the International Academy of Proctology, the International College of Surgeons; he was awarded the Five Year Award from the Chicago Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. He was the President of the McKean County Medical Society from 1971-72. He took a special interest in teaching.
He was the President and Chief of Staff and Chairman of Quality Assurance Committee at the Kane Community Hospital. He received recognition awards from the American Medical Assoc. from 1979-1997. He was Licensed by the State of West Virginia in 1997. He was the Honor Recipient of the Kane Community Hospital - Doctors Day in 2001. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the Kane Community Hospital Family in 2002; a plaque of Appreciation Award from the University of St. LaSalle College of Medicine in Bacolod City, Philippines in 2003 and also a Plaque of Appreciation Award from West Negros College of Nursing in the same year.
In March of 1964 Dr. Mike chose Kane as the community in which to establish his practice (M.C. Ibanez Surgical Corp.) Since that time he has performed thousands of surgeries and has devoted his life and talents to the community.
During his 37 years of service to the Kane area as a member of the medical staff at KCH, Ibanez served as president of the Medical Staff several times and as Chief of Surgery from 1966-1995. He performed many "firsts". He was the first documented physician in the U.S. to use the Halo Cast for fractures of the cervical spine and the first to do laparoscopic surgeries in Kane.
Dr. Mike received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Manila Central University College of Medicine. He did residencies in Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Tonawanda, Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He also did a preceptorship in Chester, PA.
Dr. Ibanez was a big supporter for Kane Wrestling. When his son Mel was on the team, after most matches Dr. Mike would take the team out for ice cream. He freely gave to many organizations and people that were in need and he never sent his accounts to collection.
Surviving, in addition to his wife Rebecca, are three sons, Melvin L. (Melanie) Ibanez M.D. of Bacolod City, Philippines, Michael Ibanez of Franklin and Melchisedec "Mel" (Alicia) Ibanez Jr. of North Augusta, SC; two daughters, Melissa J. (Mack Colquitt) Ibanez of Bradford and Esther (Leroy) Harlan of Kane; two grandsons, Mark Ibanez and Brandon Kelley; and a granddaughter, Emily Kelley.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Raphel Ibanez, Ramon Ibanez and infant brother Melchisedec Ibanez; and two sisters, Socoro Ibanez Jugos and Ester Ibanez Versosa.
Friends and family may attend a memorial service for Dr. Mike at 2:00 pm Monday at Emmanuel Mission Church, 102 Biddle Street, Kane with the Rev. Frank Eppley, pastor, officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to UPMC-Kane, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or Buffalo Children's Hospital.
The Cummings Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com.