Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, is Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus in Northwest Indiana, where he founded in 1972 and later headed the 4-man heart surgery team known as Cardiovascular Surgery Associates. Immediately prior to this, he underwent his Cardiac Surgery Fellowship training under the world-renowned heart transplant surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, Surgeon-in-Chief and President Emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Chua is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Philippine College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons. He was Chairman of Cardiac Surgery of the Cebu Cardiovascular Center of the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital in Cebu City, Philippines, from 1997 to 2010, where he shuttled to and from Indiana and Las Vegas almost every two months. He was President and Chief of Staff at St. Mary Medical Center, St. Anthony Medical Center, and The Methodist Hospitals in Northwest Indiana.
Dr. Chua was the founding president of the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, an exclusive professional association of more than 900 cardiac surgeons from more than 52 countries around the world who trained under Dr. Cooley at the prestigious Texas Heart Institute.
The author is past president of the American Heart Association, Northwest Indiana Chapter. On November 25, 1995, Dr. Chua was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash award, bestowed upon him by then Indiana Governor and now incumbent US Senator, Evan Bayh.
In 1989 and again in 1991, he and his associate, Victor K. O’yek, MD, FACS, FRCS, spearheaded a complete heart team from Indiana, and performed 24 coronary bypass surgeries for free before an audience of cardiac surgeons from around China. These surgical demonstrations were done at the First Teaching Hospital of the Beijing Medical University, who formally invited the two surgeons from the United States.
A noted health columnist, Dr. Chua writes weekly for four newspapers in the United States, three newspapers and one health magazine in the Philippines, and three websites on the internet. The Chairman of the Filipino United Network—USA, a 501(c) (3) United States advocacy Foundation for good governance and responsible citizenship, Dr. Chua is married to a former classmate, Farida Isip Chua, MD, a retired Pediatrician. They have five children who are all physicians, and four of them married to physicians as well, all residing in the United States, with their ten grandchildren.
On June 14, 2008, this family of eleven physicians was honored in New Jersey with the Peace Award for Excellence, presented by the Honorable Willy Gaa, Philippine Ambassador to the United States, on behalf of the Philippine Economic and Cultural Endowment.
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