Philippine Orthopedic Center

The Philippine Orthopedic Center is a 700-bed tertiary special hospital under the Department of Health of the Philippines, specializing in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and serves as a center for trauma and orthopedics. The hospital is located at Banawe Avenue corner Maria Clara Street, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City.[1]

Philippine Orthopedic Center
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Facade of the Philippine Orthopedic Center
Philippine Orthopedic Center is located in Metro Manila
Philippine Orthopedic Center
Philippine Orthopedic Center is located in Luzon
Philippine Orthopedic Center
Philippine Orthopedic Center is located in Philippines
Philippine Orthopedic Center
LocationQuezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°37′39″N 121°00′12″E / 14.62751°N 121.00331°E / 14.62751; 121.00331Coordinates: 14°37′39″N 121°00′12″E / 14.62751°N 121.00331°E / 14.62751; 121.00331
Emergency departmentYes
Former name(s)
  • Philippine Civil Affairs Unit No. 1[1]
  • Mandaluyong Emergency Hospital[1][2]
  • National Orthopedic Hospital[1]
  • National Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Medical Center[1][2]
ListsHospitals in the Philippines


The Orthopedic Center was originally organized in Mandaluyong, Rizal by the American Army in 1945 as the Philippine Civil Affairs Unit (PCAU) No. 1, to take care of civilian casualties during the liberation of Manila and its suburbs. After it was turned over to the Philippine government, its functions were redirected to look after accident victims and orthopedic cases. Its name was later changed to Mandaluyong Emergency Hospital then, to National Orthopedic Hospital and Rehabilitation Medical Center.[2]

In 1963, the hospital was relocated to Quezon City. Its authorized bed capacity was increased from 200 to 500 then to 700. The hospital through the hospital chief, Benjamin V. Tamesis, MD, pioneered the introduction of physical therapy and occupational therapy courses in the Philippines. Both courses were later absorbed by the University of the Philippines and was placed under the College of Medicine, then later became the School of Allied Medical Professions, now known as College of Allied Medical Professions.[3]

In 1982, it was renamed National Orthopedic Hospital-Rehabilitation Medical Center, and again to Philippine Orthopedic Center in 1989, by virtue of Batas Pambansa No. 301[4] and Republic Act 6786,[5] respectively.


The Philippine Orthopedic Center caters mainly to a patient clientele with orthopedic, musculoskeletal problems, and neuromuscular conditions. The center is also the major referral center for spinal injuries in the country.

The Medical Division consists of the Trauma Services, Adult Orthopedic Service, Children's Orthopedic service, Tumor Unit, Hand service and Spine Surgery service. The hospital also has the Anaesthesia department, Radiology Department, Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Laboratory Department, Specialty Service and Dental service.

The Laboratory Department is divided into the Blood Bank, Anatomic Pathology Unit, and Clinical Pathology Unit.

Its Rehabilitation Medicine Department has the Medical Rehabilitation Service, Physical Therapy section, the Occupational Therapy Section, Psychology Section, Electrodiagnostics Unit, Neurology Service and the Prosthetics and Surgical Appliance Factory.

The specialty service includes general surgery, neurosurgery, urology, neurosurgery, internal medicine (pulmonary and cardiology) and diabetes care.

The Nursing Division comprises both the main nursing service and the nNursing training service.

The Social service and Chaplaincy is being placed under the Administrative office.[6]


Residency training for orthopedics,[7] anaesthesia, and physical medicine and rehabilitation are recognized by the certifying boards of their specialties.

The hospital also provides a training ground for the physical therapy and occupational therapy students. Numerous radiologic technology interns, medical technology and nursing affiliates have been trained. the fourth year medical students (or medical clerks) have been exposed to various orthopedic and neuromuscular conditions.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "In the Know: Philippine Orthopedic Center". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Republic Act No. 6786". Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines. 29 November 1989. Retrieved 18 April 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "History - The College of Allied Medical Professions". Archived from the original on 2010-01-11. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
  4. ^ "Republic Act No. 6786" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2010-05-09.
  5. ^ "Executive Summary of the 1999 Annual Audit Report on the Philippine Orthopedic Center". Archived from the original on 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
  6. ^ "NOH-RMC Employee's Handbook 1998"
  7. ^ "Accredited Institutions". The Philippine Board of Orthopaedics. Archived from the original on 2010-12-25. Retrieved 2010-05-02.