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Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS
SPSA President - 1981


Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, is Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus in Northwest Indiana, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Philippines College of Surgeons, and the International College of Surgeons.

In September of 1972, he started his thoracic-cardiovascular private practice in Northwest Indiana, about 5 miles south of Chicago. A year later, he established the Cardiovascular Surgery Associates, which later grew into a 4-man private practice corporation.

In 2001, Philip retired from his Indiana practice to aid his wife Farida Quiambao Isip-Chua, who had retired from her pediatric practice in 2000, to undergo back surgery. Farida recovered fully and Philip resumed his activities, shuttling to Cebu City, Philippines, every other month, as Chairman of Cardiac Surgery at the Cebu Cardiovascular Center at the Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, which he and his Indiana heart team helped established in 1996. He retired from this position December 31, 2010 after a 14-year stint to concentrate on his newspaper writings and his volunteer work as Chairman of the Filipino United Network - USA, a 501(c)(3) advocacy foundation in the United States for good governance in the Philippines.

Philip was Vice-President for the Far East of the Cardiovascular Hospitals of America (CHA), a hospital builder based in Wichita, Kansas, from July 5, 2004 to December 31, 2008. CHA, inspired by Philip’s idea, had planned to build an American Hospital in Cebu, a state-of-the-art medical tourism center, with cutting-edge technology, accredited by JCI, which would honor Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and attract expatriates and foreigners to visit the Philippines for more affordable quality medical care and/or to retire in the country.

Philip trained at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas, under the world-renowned heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Denton A. Cooley. In 1972, he was elected President of the Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society, an exclusive professional association of more than 800 cardiac surgeons from over 50 countries around the world, who trained under Dr. Cooley at the Texas Heart Institute. The DACCSS holds international meetings annually.

Philip and Farida have five children who are all physicians, and foru of them married to physicians as well. In June 2008, Philippine Ambassador to the United States, Willy Gaa, presented the PEACE Family Award to this family of eleven physicians for excellence, distinction, and achievement.

Philip’s full bio-data follows:

(Dual) United States of America and The Philippines

Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus, Northwest Indiana

Married to Farida Isip Chua, M.D.
Pediatrician (Retired)

Sheillah Chua Gentile, MD, FABFM
Spouse: Anthony N. Gentile, MD, Ph.D.
Felipe I. Chua, Jr., M.D.
Portia J. Chua Gonzales, M.D.
Spouse: Luisito C. Gonzales, MD, FACC
Rachel Chua Brown, MD, FACOG
Spouse: James M. Brown III, MD, FACOG
Emily Chua Greenlee, MD, FAAO
Spouse: Jeremy D.W. Greenlee, MD, FABNS

Evan Anthony Gentile, Sydney Elizabeth and James Brown IV; Samantha Chua; Aidan Everett and Brendan Gonzales; and, Jake, Alaina Greenlee, Anna Elise Greenlee, and Colin Greenlee

San Francisco Del Monte Elementary School, 1949
Arellano Public High School, 1953

University of the Philippines, Quezon City, 1956 (Associate in Arts and Journalism).

Far Eastern University, Manila, 1961 (Doctor of Medicine), one of seven Outstanding Graduates.

Adjunct Physician in Surgery, Far Eastern University Hospital, 1962

Rotating Internship, Ravenswood Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, January 2, 1963 through January 1, 1964.

House Physician, Alexian Brothers Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, January 2, 1964 through June 30, 1965.

Residency, General Surgery and Peripheral Vascular Surgery, Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Illinois, July 1, 1965 through June 30, 1969.

Residency, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Illinois, July 1, 1969-June 30, 1971.

Residency (Rotation), Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Children's Memorial Hospital Chicago, Illinois, July 1, 1971 through December 31, 1971.

Clinical Fellowship in Cardiac Surgery, Texas Heart Institute (under pioneer heart transplant surgeon, Dr. Denton A. Cooley), Houston, Texas, 1972

Surgical Demonstrations on Coronary Bypass Surgeries at the First Teaching Hospital of the Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China, at the official invitation of Beijing Medical University, performing a total of 18 cases in 1989 and in 1991.

Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgery, Cebu Doctors’ University Hospital, Cebu City, Philippines, 1997 to present

Pioneer Medical Volunteer to the Work-A-Year-With-The- People humanitarian project of the late Senator Raul Manglapus, Manuel Quezon, Jr. and incumbent Senator Ramon Magsaysay, Jr.; assigned to Palanan, Isabela Mountains, Philippines, 1962.

Editor, UP Campus Journal, Diliman, 1955

Columnist, Philippine Collegian, UP-Diliman, 1954-55

National President, Student PMA, Manila, 1960

Chairman, Filipino United Network – USA, 2007 to present

Lead Convenor, Las Vegas US Pinoys for Noy-Mar and for Good Governance, January 2010 to present

Vice President-Far East, Cardiovascular Hospitals of America, based in Witchita, Kansas, July 5, 2004-December 31, 2008

Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus, Northwest Indiana, since retirement in 2001.

Chairman Emeritus, FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation (USA) since 2004

Chairman of the Board, FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation (USA),

Member, Board of Trustees, FEU-NR Medical Foundation, Fairview, Quezon City,
(1998 -2008).

President, FEU-DNR School of Medicine Alumni Foundation (USA), 1995-1999.

President, Medical Staff, The Methodist Hospitals, Inc. 1986-1987.

President, Association of Philippine Physicians in America (APPA), 1986-1987.

President, Society of Philippine Surgeons in America, 1984-1985

President, Medical Staff, St. Anthony Medical Center, 1982-1984.

President, Medical Staff, St. Mary Medical Center, 1980-82.

President, Philippine Medical Association of Chicago, 1965

Member, Royal Society of Medicine (England),

Member, International Society for Heart Transplantation.

Member, Indiana Thoracic Society

Beta Sigma Fraternity, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, 1955.

Grand Princep, Beta Sigma Fraternity (FEU Chapter) 1958

International Brotherhood of Magicians

Society of Magicians (USA)

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Fellow, Philippine College of Surgeons

Fellow, American Thoracic Society.

Fellow, American College of Angiology.

Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians.

Fellow, Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society.

Fellow, Charles B. Puestow Surgical Society.

Fellow, Society of Philippine Surgeons in America, Inc.

Fellow, International College of Surgeons.

Most Outstanding Physician, Philippine Medical Association of Chicago, 1967

Most Outstanding Medical Alumni, Far Eastern University, Alumni Foundation, Anaheim, California, August 11, 1981.

Most Outstanding Betan, BS Midwest Chapter, 1988

Most Distinguished Betan in Medicine, Beta Sigma Fraternity, presented by former President Joseph Estrada, San Francisco, California, 1994

Sagamore of the Wabash Award (The highest civilian award bestowed by Indiana Governor, now U.S. Senator, Evan Bayh), 1996

Beta Sigma Testimonial Dinner Awardee, Club Filipino, Greenhills, San Juan, hosted by Brod Boy Morales,
December 2, 2000

Crystal Globe Award, Asian American Medical Society, U.S.A., November 9, 2002

Most Outstanding Golden Jubilarian Award, Arellano High School, Class ’53, February 22, 2003, given at the Club Filipino, Manila (Was Guest Speaker, Arellano High School Foundation Day, March 4, 2003)

Recipient, PEACE (USA) Most Outstanding Family Award (“A Family of Eleven Physicians”), June 14, 2008, Atlantic City, New Jersey, presented by the Hon. Willy Gaa, Philippine Ambassador to the United States.

Dean Lauro H. Panganiban Memorial Lecture, 1998

Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Lecture, 2000

Cover Story, The Philippine American Medical Bulletin, Volume XXV, No. 8, August 1986

Featured as cover story in The Philippine Heritage Magazine: “A Family of Doctors,” Winter 1998, V. Gendrano Publisher, California.

Cover Story of HEALTH News (Dr. Phil Chua, Cardiac Surgeon, February 24, 2003) a national magazine published by the Manila Times Publishing Company, Philippines

International Who’s Who in Medicine, Cambridge, England, 1985

Included in the history book The Filipino Americans (From 1763 to the present, Their History, Culture and Traditions), Veltisezar Bautista, Bookhaus Publishers, Farmington Hills, Missouri, 1998

Philippine Medical Boards, 1961

Philippine Licensure 1961-to present

ECFMG, Standard Certificate #27824

Indiana FLEX, November 28, 1973 (by exam)

License Indiana, Number 25105 (1973-2002)

Missouri, #33984, January 8, 1972 (by exam)

Illinois, #36-45651, July 1, 1972 (by reciprocity)

Sixty health-related articles and editorials, The Philippine Surgeon Bulletin, 1972- 1995

Ninety six editorials, Lake County Medical Society Bulletin 1988-1996

Over 600 health columns, Cebu Daily News, MALAYA Philippine national daily, Southern Leyte Times, The News Today (Iloilo), Health News Magazine (Manila), Filipino Reporter weekly (New York) , Philippine News weekly (U.S.A.), Pinoy Monthly (Chicago), Asian Access (Indiana), Asian Journal (Las Vegas and NY-NJ) and on 8 websites on the internet, 1998 to the present.

Given lectures and medical papers on cardiovascular diseases and advances in cardiovascular surgery in various medical societies, hospitals, civic organizations, in the USA, UK, China, and in the Philippines.

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