In 1960, The Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Airlangga University was Prof. HRM Soejoenoes and the Head of Surgery Department was Dr.Mas Soetojo, with Secretary of Surgery Department was Dr. R. Soetojo. There were 2 hospitals, Simpang Hospital (now become Surabaya Plaza), and Karangmenjangan. At that time, there were only 2 division of surgery, general surgery, and neurosurgery. The general surgeons from Airlangga Faculty of Medicine and Dr.Soetomo General Hospital at that time were Dr. Mas Soetojo, Dr.R. Soetojo, Dr. P. Zaini (Nie Siok Po), Dr. Liem Bing Hwie, Dr. Liem Djie Swie (Dr. Suwidji), Dr. A.A. Loedin , while the neurosurgeon at that time was Dr. Basoeki Wirjowidjojo.
In 1964, Dr. Liem Bing Hwie under the name of Dr.Soetomo General Hospital, made affiliation with Cardiac Surgery Team from U.C.L.A, California, US, whose at that time was represented by Dr.Mc.Cain, performed surgical comissurotomy on severe mitral stenosis case. Another surgery was performed, ductus ligation, by Dr.Mc.Cain together with Dr.Hamami. After that, there was no other cardiac surgery anymore for a while due to the limiation of tools and infrastructures. After Dr.Mc.Cain came back to the US, the cardiac surgery in Surabaya was continued by Dr.Liem Bing Hwie and Dr.Hamami. However, due to the lack of cases, the sucess rate of the surgery was quite unsatisfied. Because of those reasons, Airlangga University sent out a cardiac surgery team to United Kingdom with the help from British Counsil on 1971 (At that time, dr.Puruhito was still at Erlangen). Those team consisted of Dr. Pramonohadi, Dr.Moch. Soebagyo Singgih, Dr. Siti Chasnah Saleh, Dr. Liem Bing Hwie and a nurse, Zr. Mamik.
Following Development of Cardiac Surgery in Surabaya was held by dr. Puruhito, whose just finished his Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery from Erlangen at 1973, specifically at Klinikum der Fredrich Alexander-Chirugische Universitas. Dr.Puruhito established Division of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery in Dr.Soetomo General Hospital, Surabaya, on 1973. The first valve replacement surgery in Indonesia was done in 1976 , while the first coronary surgery in Surabaya was done in 1983 by dr.Puruhito. On 1976, dr.Puruhito was looking for assistant, the first was Dr.Johny Baroek, but he was only last for 6 month, followed by dr.Sumarno Hutomo and Dr.Soetrisno Alibasyah, with the same fate. After a while, Dr.Setiono Basuki came in, he was son-in-law of Dr.R.Soetojo, Head of Surgery Department at that time, followed by Dr.Paul Tahalele, Dr. Wahyu, Dr. Iwan Boestan, where they were sent to Erlangen, Nurnberg, Germany, as well.
At 1983, Division of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Surgery started to progress, with dr.Paul Tahalele coming back from Germany. After 8 years, they worked so hard in developing Cardiac Surgery in Surabaya, continued by the next generation of cardiac surgery in Surabaya, namely dr. Agung Prasmono, dr. Heru Kusbijanto dan dr. Heroe Soebroto. Together they consolidate the Division of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Surgery of Airlangga Faculty of Medicine / Dr.Soetomo General Hospital, Surabaya.
The Education of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery in Surabaya
The Major of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery was established on 1992 under the line of non-CHS, Ministry of Education and Culture, and fully managed by the Association of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgeon of Indonesia, with the length of study of 2 years, and only train residents from general surgery. At that time, Dr.Soetomo General Hospital only had 3 residents, and following the policy and rule from Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital and National Heart Center Harapan Kita.
At November, 7th, 2001, catalog book of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery was approved by Ministry of Education with the registry No.: 6147/DN/U/2011
At August 27, 2002, there was held the memorandum of understanding between the Colegium of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery, represented by Prof.Dr.med.dr. Puruhito,SpB.,SpBTKV(K), with the Director of Dr.Soetomo General Hospital, Dr. Abdus Syukur,SpB.,SpBD(K), and Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Airlangga University, Prof.Dr.dr.H.M.S. Wiyadi,SpTHT
At April, 30, 2003, Indoesian Medical Counsil authorized the founding of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery Education Program as one of the program of PPDS-I under the registry No.61/SK/MKKI/IV/2003, which was signed by Dr. Merdias Almatsier, Sp.S(K),FAMM
At June 12, 2003, Forum of Dean of Medical Faculties as the organizer of educational program, published letter of establishment of the Center of study of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery in 2 Centers, University of Indonesia, and University of Airlangga, with the registry No.3472/FD.PPDS/SK/2003, which was signed by Prof.dr. H. Ali Sulaiman,PhD as the Head of the Forum at that time.
At July 7th, 2003, the Principal of Airlangga University, under the registry No.5317/J03/KP/2003, appointed dr. Setiono Basuki as the Head of Educational Program of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery for the period of 2003-2007, along with Dr. Heru Kusbijanto, SpB., SpBTKV(K) as the Secretary. At 2003-2005, there was still no one from general practitioner to enter the residency program, only from general surgeon. At 2006, there were 5 candidates applying for the residency program, but only 2 were accepted, with one more from dr.Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.
At March 27, 2008, Principal of Airlangga University, under the registry No. 2829/J03/OT/2008, along with the Letter of Establishment from the Dean, under the registry No. 566/J03.1.17/PP/2008, appointed Dr. Heru Kusbijanto, SpB., SpBTKV(K) as the Head of the Residency Program, along with Dr.Heroe Soebroto, SpB., SpBTKV(K) as the Secretary.
On April, 2008, Indonesian Medical Counsil established the standard of education and standard of competence for the Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgeon, under the registry No.31/KKI/KEP/IV/2008
On November 1st, 2010, the curiculum for residency program was approved by Prof. Dr. Widji Soerartri, Apt.,DEA, Head of Institute for Educational Assessment and Development of Airlangga University.
On February, 24, 2011, the Principal of Airlangga University officially established residency program (PPDS-I) of Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery on Airlangga University, under the registry No.90/H3/KR/2011
On September, 29, 2011, the first graduate of the residency program from Airlangga University, passed the National Board Exam in Jogjakarta.
At the present time, the residency program still await for the letter of establishment of the educational program for residency program in Thoracic, Cardiac, and Vascular Surgery in Airlangga University. Airlangga.