Jose Luis J. Danguilan, MD

Lung Center of the Philippines, Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, Philippines

Dr. Danguilan obtained his medical education from the state-run University of the Philippines in 1975. Then he went on to train in the traditional 5-year general surgery residency at the premier government training hospital, the Philippine General Hospital followed by the two-year residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 

In 1986, he was a Takeda Foundation International Fellow which he spent at the Tokyo Women's Medical College, now University, under the tutelage of one of Japan's pioneer cardiothoracic surgeons, Professor Juro Wada. Then he trained further in cardiac and cardiopulmopnary transplantation at the Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, England.

With the introduction of minimally invasive thoracic surgery, Dr. Danguilan was one of the first trainees in this field when he attended the first Advanced Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS) Course sponsored by the Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgeons of Asia (ELSA) which was held at the Lung Center of the Philippines in September 1993. This course was conducted by Professors Robert McKenna and Rodney Landreneau. In 2003, Dr. Danguilan was awarded a study grant by the Japanese Foundation for Research and Promotion of Endoscopy where he continued to learn VATS at the Department of Thoracic Surgery of the Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine.

Dr. Danguilan was appointed the Executive Director of the government-run Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) which is the only tertiary hospital for lung and other chest diseases in the Philippines in 2011. Under his initiative, he was able to get funds to build a dedicated minimally invasive operating room and establish a training program in advanced VATS. To date, the LCP is the only hospital in the Philippines which has performed hundreds of VATS procedures and is regarded as a training center in minimally invasive thoracic surgery by local thoracic surgeons.

This year, the LCP will be opening its Esophagus and Swallowing Center which will be the first of its kind in the Philippines combining a multidisciplinary team mainly of gastroenterologists, anesthesiologists and thoracic and laparoscopic surgeons.

Dr. Danguilan's interests also involve medical education and training of surgical residents and fellows aside from research activities. He has published around 80 articles in peer-reviewed local and international journals.