The Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons (PATACSI), Incorporated is the organization of all certified thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons practicing in the Philippines. It is an official affiliate association of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and the Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS). It is a recognized non-stock corporation under Philippine Laws with principal office at the Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City.
On April 8, 1959, the organization held its Inauguration as the "Philippine Association of Thoracic Surgeons (PATS)" and its first Induction of Officers at historic Club Filipino. Dr. Denton A. Cooley was the Inducting Officer for the first council which included Dr. Angel I. Reyes as President, Dr. Cristino Lazatin as Vice-President, Dr. Adolfo Baviera as Secretary-Treasurer, and Drs. Oscar Jacinto, Clemente Calma and Benjamin Belmonte as Council Members.
Dr. Enrique Garcia, who later became the Secretary of Health, and in whose memory the annual PATACSI Lecture is presented, was the second president under whose term practically all practicing thoracic surgeons united in the Philippines and became members of the PATS. Highlights in the association's history include the hosting of the First Asian Congress on Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery held at the the Manila Hilton on November 22-26,1972. Incorporation of PATS with the Securities and Exchange Commission was formalized under the term of Dr. Romeo Estrellado on December 26, 1973. The Philippine Board of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, created as an independent certifying body for all Filipino thoracic and cardiovascular surgeons, was incorporated on January 13, 1976. As early as 1981, during the term of the 22nd President, Dr. Avenilo Aventura, the PATS changed its name to the present Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, Inc (PATACSI), but this change in name was only formally recognized by the SEC on April 30, 1998.
Address: Management Service Office, 2/F Medical Arts Building
Philippine Heart Center
East Avenue, Quezon City,