Active on a committee of the PinnacleHealth Foundation, Dr. Alvear is a nationally known pediatric surgeon and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at PinnacleHealth System. When he came to the Harrisburg area in 1973, he was one of the very first pediatric surgeons in the region and he has helped grow the practice to its present size and caliber.
Early in his life, Dr. Alvear's uncle inspired him to become a compassionate physician and healer. When he was growing up in the Philippines, Dr. Alvear would go with his uncle, an old fashioned family doctor, on house calls. During those visits, he observed his uncle as he modeled genuine care for patients' emotional, as well as physical, wellbeing.
Since then, he knew that we wanted to be a doctor. "No one could change my mind," Dr. Alvear says.