Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons

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What if you needed surgery and there were only a handful of surgeons for an entire country? Unfortunately, this is a painful reality in many African countries. Fifty-six million people in Africa are in need of surgical care. 93% of sub-Saharan Africa does not have access to safe surgical, anesthesia, and obstetric (SAO) care that is timely and affordable. In many places of Africa, there is only one surgeon for a population of 250,000. In other areas, it is even worse. There may be only one surgeon for a population of 2.5 million people.

The Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS) is a strategic response to the need for surgeons in Africa. We are a non-denominational, multinational service organization training African physicians to become surgeons who are willing to remain in Africa to meet this need. PAACS also disciples these residents to share the love and gospel of Jesus Christ with their patients. The surgical and spiritual training of these residents is offered at several well-established evangelical mission hospitals in Africa, under the direction of experienced, board certified missionary surgeons.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons
PO Box 735262
Dallas, TX 75373-5262


Phone: 847-571-9926


Organization details

EIN: 842569391

CEO/President: Susan A. Koshy, JD, MPH

Chairman: Dr. Samuel Thompson

Board size: 18

Founder: Dr. David Thompson

Ruling year: 2020

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


PAACS envisions a growing number of African surgeons and related specialists living out the Gospel and ministering to the sick.

Mission statement

PAACS' mission is to glorify God by training and discipling African surgeons and related specialists to become Christ-like leaders and servants providing excellent and compassionate care to those most in need.

Statement of faith

We believe that the Bible, in its entirety, is the only inspired, inerrant Word of God.

We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ is God the Son, born of a virgin, who willingly died on the cross for the sins of all people and rose from the dead to sit at the right hand of the Father.

We believe all of mankind is by nature sinful and consequently separated from God.

We believe that the forgiveness of sin and the gift of eternal life come only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. Those who have repented and have placed their faith in Jesus Christ are born again believers.

We believe the Holy Spirit, as a person of the Godhead, is sent by Jesus Christ from God to convict the world of sin. He regenerates those who repent of sin and believe in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit instantly indwells believers, becomes their teacher, and empowers them to live a life pleasing to God.

We believe in the personal return of Jesus Christ to reign in power and glory on the earth and to judge all people. Those who have believed in Christ will receive eternal life. Those who have not will be eternally separated from God.

We believe in the unity of all believers. They share the common goal of together becoming fully devoted followers of Christ who love, worship, and obey Jesus Christ as the Son of God.

We believe that it is the responsibility of all believers to proclaim His gospel, make disciples of all nations and respond with compassion to the suffering of all people in the ways that Jesus did.

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Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1009 of 1112131 of 146
Fund acquisition rating765 of 1113101 of 146
Resource allocation rating914 of 1113123 of 146
Asset utilization rating917 of 1112109 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$63,081$85,447
Short-term investments$2,839,945$3,228,466
Other current assets$0$0
Total current assets$7,210,650$6,328,323
Long-term investments$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0
Other long-term assets$138,582$76,865
Total long-term assets$138,582$76,865
Total assets$7,349,232$6,405,188
Payables and accrued expenses$214,691$110,559
Other current liabilities$0$0
Total current liabilities$214,691$110,559
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0
Total liabilities$214,691$110,559
Net assets20222021
Without donor restrictions$4,166,617$3,662,257
With donor restrictions$2,967,924$2,632,372
Net assets$7,134,541$6,294,629
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,006,626$7,809,371
Program service revenue$11,550$0
Membership dues$0$0
Investment income$238,446$161,847
Other revenue($14,392)$1,178
Total other revenue$235,604$163,025
Total revenue$4,242,230$7,972,396
Program services$2,038,321$1,414,397
Management and general$438,998$373,695
Total expenses$2,797,206$2,076,256
Change in net assets20222021
Surplus (deficit)$1,445,024$5,896,140
Other changes in net assets$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,445,024$5,896,140


Keir Thelander MDExecutive Vice President$164,793
Susan Koshy JD MPHCEO$136,588
Steven DarstCFO$122,932

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/24/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Dr. David Thompson was the only surgeon at Bongolo Hospital in the jungles of Gabon. He faced the reality that if he died, or left the mission field, he would leave little legacy and would have made little impact on the great need for surgery in Africa.

In 1996, at a continuing medical education conference in Kenya, Dr. Thompson shared his vision with a group of missionary surgeons from several African mission hospitals. They responded with enthusiasm and formed a steering committee. Initially, ten mission hospitals expressed interest, but then the realities of the magnitude of implementing this vision became evident - only three hospitals were able to start training residents. Sadly, for various reasons, two of the programs had to close shortly. The fledgling program at Bongolo limped on, graduating its first surgeon in 2002.

Prior to the graduation of the first fully-trained resident, Loma Linda University had agreed in principle to provide a diploma to PAACS graduates but the loose organizational structure of PAACS was of concern. In response, The Christian Medical and Dental Associations (CMDA) created a new organizational concept, and PAACS became a council of CMDA in 2001. Loma Linda University has been a valued partner since that time. The first inspection tour of the PAACS system by LLU was made in 2002.

In 2001, PAACS became a council of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA). After an inspection tour of the PAACS system in 2002 by Loma Linda University (LLU), the PAACS training program received accreditation. Originally named the Pan-African College of Christian Surgeons (PACCS), in 2004, the name was changed to the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons. PAACS became a commission of CMDA in 2007.

PAACS was a ministry of CMDA from 2007 to 2020. On July 1, 2020, PAACS became an independent ministry, serving the Lord as a stand-alone organization, training and mentoring African physicians as surgeons to care for the poor and share the love of Christ with those in need.

Program accomplishments

As of January 2023:
153 surgical graduate certificates issued
20 countries with graduates serving as surgeons
11 countries with training programs
23 training programs
150 residents in training