This page recognizes the outstanding contributions of Chinese Canadian physicians and scientists in Ontario.
Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung
Dr. Ming-Tat Cheung has been the chairman and president of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto since 1989. He has been a clinical cardiologist for over 30 years. His professional involvement has included: member of the Ontario Medical Association’s Council; president of the Clinical Society and chief of Cardiology and Internal Medicine at Humber Memorial Hospital; founding member of the Chinese International Heart Health Network; and a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. Some of Dr. Cheung’s past and present community and charitable activities have included his appointment by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship as facilitator for the merger of the Mon-Sheong and Yee-Hong seniors’ homes. He was a member of the community settlement program for Vietnamese refugees in the 1980s. He participated in Metro Toronto Week in Hong Kong in 1993 to promote business opportunities in Scarborough with former Scarborough mayors Joyce Trimmer and Mayor Frank Faubert. He was a member of the City of North York’s Committee on Race Relations; he was a founding member and president of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (FCCP). He assisted the official opening of the Phase I Chinese Cultural Centre in 1998 and its Phase II expansion in 2006 and worked with thousands of volunteers for the past 19 years in planning, fundraising and development of the centre. The centre is now a landmark of the City of Toronto and cultural hub for all community groups with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds in the GTA. He is also the past-president of the CMC (Canadian Multicultural Council, Asians in Ontario), an organization consisting of representatives from 18 different Asian regions and countries that promotes cultural understanding and racial harmony.
Outside of the Chinese Cultural Centre, Dr. Cheung has been heavily involved in community and charity volunteer work for over 30 years. He chaired the Community Coalition Concerned about SARS, a coalition of over 60 community organizations joined together to assist victims, fight stigmatization and discrimination and raise funds for research during the SARS outbreak of 2003. He has organized numerous fundraising functions for natural disaster involving different countries around the world, including the Asian tsunamis and South Asian earthquakes in 2005. He chaired a fundraising banquet for the Sichuan’s Wen-Chuan Earthquake Relief in 2008. He also initiated and chaired a fundraising project for Haiti Earthquake Relief in 2010 through which 80 community groups from Chinese and other Asian communities jointly raised over a quarter of million dollars for the victims of the earthquake. Dr. Cheung initiated a community wide fundraising project for the China Gansu mudslide, Pakistan flood relief, Taiwan flood relief and Japanese tsunami relief.
Among his numerous community achievements, Dr. Cheung has been Chairman of the "Panda Acquisition Task Force" appointed by the Toronto Zoo Management Board. In this role, he travelled to China three times in 2010, including a visit with the then Governor General Michelle Jean in July 2010 to hold direct discussions with Chinese President Hu, who gave his approval to the transfer of two giant pandas to Canada. During his third visit to China with the CEOs of three Canadian zoos (Toronto, Calgary and Granby Zoo from Quebec), a loan agreement was signed. Dr. Cheung was part of Prime Minister Harper’s entourage during his official visit to China in February 2012, during which the Panda Loan Agreement was officially signed. Dr. Cheung believes that this acquisition is very much an exercise of diplomacy that symbolizes the improving friendship between the countries.
Dr. John Chiu
In 1981, when the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco was organizing the very First International Conference on Health Problems Related to the Chinese in North America, Dr. John H.C. Chiu, then the President of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) as well as the President of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (Ontario), responded to the call to endorse as well as participate at the Conference, held in San Francisco, California, in 1982.
With that first foray started Dr. Chiu’s 30 years of involvement with the vision and goal of bringing the Chinese North American medical and health organizations together to improve the status of health for all Chinese North American residents.
Dr. Chiu has been with the FCMS National Steering committee from the beginning. In 1990, he also chaired the 5th Biennial International Conference held in Toronto, Canada, attended by almost 400 physicians and health professionals. This successful event stimulated the CCMS (BC) and CCMS (Quebec) to start to become more actively involved with the conference and organization.
The success of the Toronto Conference also inspired the forefathers of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies to start organizing in its current form, led by Dr. David Chiu, Dr. Harry Lee, Dr. Hsueh-hwa Wang and Dr. John Chiu. The FCMS was inaugurated in 1994, and Dr. Chiu served as Vice-president in 1994-96, President in 1996-98, and as the Chairman of the Board in 1998-2000, as well as the Historian of the FCMS from its inception until the present.
Dr. Chiu has been, and is still an active advisor to the CCMS (Ont.) and the FCCP (Ont.) after finishing his presidency 30 years ago. He has continued to encourage the younger generations in both organizations to be involved and be visionaries As a result, the CCMS (Ont.) took up the challenge as the host bringing the 14th Biennial International Conference back to Toronto, Canada in 2008.
He was the President of the FCCP (Ont.) Education Foundation for 25 years, 1985-2010, a registered charity which donates annually 50+ scholarships and awards to universities and post-secondary institutions, with now an endowment fund of over $1.2 million. He also sat on the Board of the PSI Foundation, a registered charity of Ontario doctors, giving out annually $4million to medical research and education grants. He has been on the Ontario Medical Association Council for over 20 years, and also served consecutively as chair of 3 OMA branch medical societies including the Central Toronto District Doctors from 1989-2011. He was elected as a Life member of the OMA in 2007 for his contributions to the organization and to the common good in Ontario.
Dr. Chiu is active in community social services and charities, which included being the President of Catholic Cross Cultural Immigrant Services, and Vice-President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto. He is also a past advisor to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Mon Sheong Foundation and Home for the Aged, and the Ontario Ministry of Health.
Dr. Chiu was born in Hong Kong, graduated from the University of Hong Kong, and came to Canada in 1968 after his wedding to Yvonne Chiu. He completed his radiology training at the University of Ottawa, as well as Fellowship in Neuroradiology at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, before starting full time practice as a Diagnostic Radiologist. He is a devoted father to 1 son, Derrick. He is an avid traveler, a food & wine connoisseur, and lover of art, classical music and opera. He is a former Board Director of the National Ballet of Canada.
Yvonne Yan-Kiu Chiu, C.M. (1944-2009)
Yvonne was born in Shanghai, China on March 17, 1944, and met Dr. John Heung-Cheung Chiu in 1959 when attending St. Paul’s Co-Ed College in Hong Kong, China. Yvonne graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1966 in Microbiology. Yvonne and John married in Hong Kong on June 9, 1968 and had their only son, Derrick Man-Fung Gregory on April 8, 1970, in Ottawa, Canada.
The Chiu family moved to Toronto, Ontario, in 1974 where Yvonne became a community and cultural superstar, through her patronage, volunteerism and educational vocational pursuits.
She lectured in Microbiology & Genetics at University of Toronto, Scarborough campus for over 30 years, and was named as a Great Mind of the University of Toronto on their 175thanniversary in 2002.
Yvonne was a cultural patron of the highest order, known as an “Angel of the Arts”. She at various times sat on the Boards of the National Ballet of Canada, National Ballet School, the Canadian Opera Company, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Roy Thompson & Massey Hall Corporation, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Stratford Festival of Canada, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Toronto Wagner Society (Chair), the Toronto Arts Council Foundation (Chair) and the Ontario Arts Council. She was an integral supporter and patron of Ontario’s SuperBuild program which produced the recent and inspiring additions and renovations to many of the aforementioned cultural institutions.
She was the organizer of the successful 5th International Conference on Health Problems Related to the Chinese in North America in Toronto in 1990, which inspired the formation of the Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies in 1994. She then coordinated all the Board meetings of the FCMS that were held in Toronto throughout the years. She was awarded posthumously Honorary Membership of the FCMS in 2010.
She was an influential and proud member of the Chinese-Canadian community in Toronto, as Chair of Fundraising and Vice-President for the Mon Sheong Foundation 1987-91, as a co-founder of the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, in Markham, Ontario, and Vice-President in 1992-99, and as the Chairperson of the Cathay Pavilion, Metro Toronto Caravan in 1991 and again in 1999. She was a founder of the Education Foundation of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) in 1984, chairing the inaugural fundraising gala.
She was adored for her volunteer work as an AGO docent, her Wagner Ring Cycle educational talks, as well as pre-opera “chats” before Canadian Opera Company performances. She also gave frequent talks to thousands of school children on the subject of Chinese culture, and taught cooking classes at the Chinese Cultural Centre to people from all ages and backgrounds.
On May 30, 2001, Yvonne was awarded as a Member of the Order of Canada, of which she was tremendously proud.
Dr. Michael Ho
Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, I came to Canada after finishing high school at La Salle College. I received my undergraduate training at University of Ottawa and graduated in the same medical school in 1975. After spending one and half years in Halifax, doing my internship and working for 6 months as locum, I finally moved back to Ontario and hanged up my shingle in the Chinatown of Toronto. It is by choice that I decided to work in the Chinese community. I can speak fluent Cantonese and some Mandarin and I felt most at home working in this environment and to serve my own people.
Without waiting for too long, the first wave of so called boat people started to arrive from Vietnam and I had an opportunity to look after them at the hostel upon their arrival. That was one of the most rewarding experience of my life. With the influx of a huge number of new immigrants from Vietnam, there was an immediate need for more psychosocial services. Under the leadership of Dr. Peter Chang and Dr. Ted Lo, I was invited to join the steering committee to form a social agency in the Chinatown area. This is eventually called Hong Fook Mental Health Association and has since flourished into a huge organization.
Things had become quiet when I worked hard trying to build up my practice until the Spring of 1986. The Ontario government introduced Bill 94 which prohibited Ontario physicians to extra-bill their patients. What ensured was a 25-day doctor's strike. During this very difficult time, I helped to co-ordinate the 'Coalition of Chinatown Physicians' and set up emergency clinic to continue serving our patients. Sixteen downtown Chinese physicians responded to the call. Although the bill eventually passed, this out pouring of support in a crisis situation helped to keep us together. We have found a new bond.
On May 11, 1987, I called for the first meeting to establish a journal club in the Chinatown area. Members in the steering committee included myself, Dr. Alex Chan, Dr. Benson Lau and Dr. Simon Lau. With 14 physicians attending, that was a good start. From then on, with the help of the club's most capable secretary, Dr. Iris Chang, the club continued to flourish and in 1996 it was formally established as 'The Journal Club of Chinatown Physicians' (JCCP) with me as the founding president.
I joined the Chinese Chapter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario in 1991 and co-chaired the fund raising gala 'Sing for Your Heart' in 1992 and 1993. I was a member of the steering committee which formally established the chapter that is now known as the 'Chinese Canadian Council' of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. I also helped to create the 'Heart Beat News' which is a Chinese magazine delivering cardiovascular information to the public.
1996 was a busy year. While running the JCCP full steam ahead, I also spearheaded the publication of 'The Health Digest' which is a semiannual health educational magazine printed in Chinese aiming to serve the Chinese community in the Greater Toronto area. With the help of two other editors, Dr. King Sun Chan and Dr. Patrick Chan, the first issue was successfully launched in August 1996. From then on, we never looked back. The 32nd issue will be released in the spring of 2012 with 45,000 copied printed.
In the winter of 1996, Dr. Ming Tat Cheung, the founder and chairman of the Chinese Cultural Centre (CCC) of Greater Toronto, invited me to organize a public health forum for the CCC. I accepted the challenge and with the help of Dr. Rosalind Ling and Dr. David Lam, we launched the first 'Health Awareness Day' in the fall of 1997. It was one of the biggest Chinese health forum in Toronto at that time and it included lectures, workshops, laboratory testing, displays and demonstrations. Except for one year's absence, I continue to organize this event until now.
As for myself, I don't think I belong to those 'always on the go' type. But yet there are so many thing going on that I hardly find the time to sit down and think. I love life and I love people. I love to take good pictures and I love to sing. I just wish I can have more time on my hands.
Dr. David Lam
I have a passion and dedication in organizing Continuing Medical Education or Professional development lectures and seminars for my fellow colleagues. I believe that continuing, up-to-date and life-long learning is important for doctors so that they can keep up their standard of care. Also, patients trust their doctors better if they are knowledgeable.
I have been the CME organizer for Chinese Canadian Medical Society and the Chairman of Agincourt Doctors Journal Club for several years. I co-organize the GTA symposium for Family Doctors with more than 200 family doctors attending.
I also organize a lot of learning activities for the public so that they can understand their problems better and pay more attention to preventive health care. I have been the Chairman and/or committee member for the Health Awareness Day in Greater Toronto for the last 15 years. This raises fund for the Chinese Cultural Centre and also provides knowledge forum for the public.
I always give expert advice or professional opinion on radio, television, newspaper or interest chat room for various medical and health issues.
In order to convince my patients the importance of health life style, I am a dedicated athlete and play several sports including badminton, squash, table-tennis, basketball, and circuit training. My philosophy is that everyone should exercise everyday.
Family Medicine Practice from 1991 to current
Active staff, Department of Family Medicine, Scarborough Hospital, General Division 1992 to current
Vice President, Hong Kong University Alumni Association of Toronto, Ontario from 1990 to 1992
President, Chinese Canadian Medical Society (CCMS) in Ontario (1995-1996)
President, Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals in Ontario (1996-1997)
Chairman, Coalition of Chinese Family Physicians in Ontario (1997-1999)
Chairman, Agincourt Doctors Journal Club (1996 - current)
Chairman, Organizing Committee, Health Awareness Day, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (2000-current)
Co-chairman, Annual GTA Primary Care Symposium (2003-current)
Examiner for Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada, Canada (2003-current)
Member of POCKET (Physicians of Ontario collaborating for Knowledge Exchange and Transfer) (2005-current)
Frequently provide expert advice / professional opinion on Chinese radio, television, newspaper, and internet for various medical and health issues.
Sports: basketball, squash, badminton, table tennis
Hobbies: Reading, music, singing, bridge, and travel around the world
Dr. Sim Fai Liu
Dr. Sim Fai Liu, MD, FACP, FRCP(C), FAGS, DTM+H(Eng.), O. Ont. (1919-1999)
Sim Fai Liu was born in Canton, China, the eldest of six brothers. His father was a respected physician and at an early age, Sim Fai decided to continue the medical tradition by studying medicine. He attended Pui Ching Middle School and then attended medical school at Shanghai Medical College, graduating in 1944. He pursued postgraduate medical training in Internal Medicine at Edinburgh University, the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of London, England, Victoria Hospital, London, Ontario and the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal. He opened his practice in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in 1954 and joined the staff of the Toronto Western Hospital in 1955. His practice bridged the Chinese and English-speaking communities in Toronto, with offices on St. Clair Avenue and Dundas Street. In 1958, at the invitation of Dr. W.W. Priddle, Dr. Liu joined the staff of the Provincial Geriatric Study Centre in Toronto, where he participated in innovative research to improve the quality of care for seniors in the nursing home setting. In 1972 he was appointed as the medical director of Lambert Lodge. Lambert Lodge eventually grew to become Castleview Wychwood Towers a Metro Home for the Aged where he continued as medical director until 1986.
He served in the military, both in China and Canada, as a member of the Red Cross Surgical Team during the Sino-Japanese war and as a as a Captain in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (1961 to 1965).
Fai was a dedicated family man. He shared his love for travel and the pursuit of knowledge with his wife, Edith, and four children. His daughter, Barbara, has continued in the Liu family medical tradition, training as an internist and geriatrician, and continuing to serve the community’s vulnerable senior population.
Dr. Liu’s proudest achievement was the ongoing growth of the Mon Sheong Foundation and its Home for the Aged. Together with like-minded associates, Dr. Liu founded this first ever Chinese Canadian charity in 1964. After developing a series of Chinese schools and a youth group, the Foundation opened its first Home for the Aged in 1975. In June 1997, Dr. Liu was proud to host Her Majesty the Queen on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone for the new addition to the Home. His dedicated service to the community has been recognized by numerous awards and appointments; including the Centennial Medal, Volunteer of the Year Award, Citizen of the Year Award, International Year of Older persons Award and one of the Ten Outstanding Overseas Chinese by Xinhua News. He was the first Chinese Canadian to receive the prestigious Gardiner Award and Order of Ontario.
Dr. Liu was the Mon Sheong Foundation’s longest serving president, skillfully leading the foundation from 1975 to the time of his passing in 1999. Through the ongoing work of the Mon Sheong Foundation, Dr. Liu’s influence on the Chinese medical community, and the community at large, endures.
Dr. Hung-Tat (Ted) Lo
Hung-Tat (Ted) Lo MBBS, MRCPsych, FRCPC
Ted Lo is a community psychiatrist in Toronto. He came from Hong Kong over 30 years ago, and has been actively involved with the development of mental health services for the ethnocultural populations and cultural competence training of the healthcare professionals.
He was the Founding President of Hong Fook Mental Health Service, serving the Asian populations in Toronto with various innovative ethno-specific programmes . He often speaks to the community and was awarded the Educational Excellence in Community Healthcare by the Faculty of Medicine.
He was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, from 1996 to 2012 consulting to the Culture Community & Health Studies Program. With his colleagues there, he developed an integrative model in teaching the sociocultural component in the core curriculum for psychiatric residents. For their work in faculty development in this area, they were awarded the Ivan Silver Continuing Education award. He helped re-establish the Transcultural Psychiatry section in the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is part of the World Association of Cultural Psychiatrists.
Dr. Lo is part of the international Consortium on Cultural Consultations, and had worked over the years with the Cultural Consultation Team at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as other academic hospitals. He is as well a visiting faculty to the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, currently helping the development of services in various parts of the country.
Over the years, Dr. Lo has been part of the mental health planning initiatives in the municipal, provincial and federal levels, having recently served on the Service System Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. He led a task group overseeing the preparation of a document to advise the Commission on services to the immigrants, refugees, ethnocultural and racialized populations.
Another interest of Dr. Lo is complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and he founded a charitable organization, FACT (Friends of Alternative & Complementary Therapies) to promote education in that area for the public as well as the mainstream healthcare professionals. He was awarded the Prix Clarite by the Canadian Complementary Medicine Association. His interest in traditional healing also led to the first International Conference on the Art and Science of Traditional Medicine.
Another area of activities is a collaboration with the Chinese Medical Association in China. Under the China Canada Medical Education project, Dr. Lo produced a TV series, Prescription for Health, shown in many channels across China. As well, he organized the first satellite conference between the two countries, reaching over 5,000 doctors in China.
Professor Tak W. Mak
Professor Tak W. Mak, OC, Ph.D., D.Sc., FRSC, FRS
Tak Wah Mak is the Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Hospital, and a University Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto, Canada. He is affiliated with the Department of Pathology at Hong Kong University, and is the current chairman of the Croucher Foundation, an independent foundation dedicated to promoting excellence in the medicine and the sciences in Hong Kong.
Dr. Mak was born in southern China and was raised in Hong Kong. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Alberta. His postdoctoral work was performed at the Ontario Cancer Institute under the supervision of Dr. Ernest McCulloch
Dr. Mak’s research interests center on immune cell recognition/regulation, molecular mechanisms underlying the survival and death of normal or malignant cells, as well as the role of inflammation in the progression of autoimmune disease and cancer. He is best known as the lead scientist of the group that first cloned the genes of the human T cell antigen receptor, a discovery that provided essential insights into the molecular basis of cellular immunity. This discovery led him to study the process of T cell activation and differentiation. In addition, Dr. Mak has devoted a large portion of his research to investigating the process of apoptosis as well as the pathogenesis of cancer. In particular, he is interested in mechanisms of metabolic transformation in order to identify potential targets for novel cancer therapeutics.
Dr. Mak has published over 700 research papers which collectively have been cited over 66,000 times . His many accomplishments have been recognized by the scientific community through numerous prestigious awards and honours, such as the Paul Ehrlich Prize, Gairdner International Award, King Faisal International Prize for Medicine, Sloan Prize, and Novartis Immunology Prize. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Dr. Ken Ng
Dr. Ken Ng was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in 1965. He graduated from Riverdale Collegiate Institutes, Toronto as Ontario Scholar; obtained his B.Sc. degree from University of Toronto in 1976; and obtained his M.D., C.M. degree from McGill University, Montreal in 1980.
Dr. Ng has been a family physician practicing in Markham and Toronto since 1981, and is the Medical Director of 4 clinics in Markham and Thornhill, helping to bring in and train various doctors to serve the growing diverse communities. He is a Lecturer with the Department of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto and Preceptor for medical students and interns.
In 1989, Dr. Ng organized the Chinese Community to form the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), serving as Chairman since its inception. He further formed 4 affiliated associations over the past 20 years, including The Markham Chinese Cultural Centre, The Chinese Seniors Association of Markham, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Markham, and The Chinese Canadians Sports and Recreation Club of Markham (FCCM Sports Division).
Dr. Ng contributed to the community through his work and leadership in various roles, including as the President of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society (Ont.) (1985-1986) and he continues to act as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee. He was the President of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ont.) (1985-1986), and continues to serve as Chairman of the FCCP Advisory Board until the present. Dr. Ken Ng is also the President of the Ontario Medical Association Scarborough Branch and a delegate of the Governing Council of the Ontario Medical Association from 1987 to present.
Some of Dr. Ng's other community activities include: member of the founding group of the Markham Race Relations Committee for the Town of Markham (1989-1991); Director of Mon Sheong Foundation and Home for the Aged, Toronto (1988-1991); Director (1989-1995) and Honorary board director (since 1995) of United Way of York Region; Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Member (1990-1993) as the first Chinese Canadian from Ontario appointed by the Federal Government; Governor of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (now called the Canadian Centre for Diversity) (2001); Founding President of the Canadian Federation of Intercultural Friendship; Chairman and founder of the annual Taste of Asia Festival (since 2003); and Board of Governors of York University.
Dr. Ng’s notable Honours and Awards include: Canada Birthday Achievement Award, Toronto (1992); Achievement and Civic Recognition Award, Markham (1992); Outstanding Contribution Award, York Regional Police (2002); The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, by Governor General of Canada; Award of Merit, by Senate of Canada; Canada Day and Muslim Heritage Award, the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario (2002); YMCA Canada Peace Medal (2002); Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002); Future ACES Award for Service, The Herbert H. Carnegie Foundation (2009); and Humanitarian Award, L. Ron Hubbard (2010).
Professor Lap-Chee Tsui
Professor Lap-Chee Tsui OC, PhD, FRS, FRSC
Professor Lap-Chee Tsui is the fourteenth Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.
Prior to his present appointment in September 2002, Professor Tsui was Geneticist-in-Chief and Head of the Genetics and Genomic Biology Program of the Research Institute, at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He was also the holder of the H.E. Sellers Chair in Cystic Fibrosis and University Professor at the University of Toronto.
Born in Shanghai and awarded his bachelor and master's degrees from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Tsui is a native of Hong Kong. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979. After a brief training in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, he joined the Department of Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children. He received international acclaim in 1989 when he identified the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis, which is a major breakthrough in human genetics. He has also made significant contributions to the study of the human genome, especially the characterization of chromosome 7, and, identification of additional disease genes. He has 300 peer-reviewed scientific publications and 65 invited book chapters and papers.
Professor Tsui has received numerous awards and honours for his outstanding work over the years. His honours include Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Fellow of the Royal Society of London, Fellow of Academia Sinica, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA), and Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In addition to many national and international prizes, he was awarded honorary doctoral degrees by University of King's College, University of New Brunswick, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, St. Francis Xavier University, York University, Tel Aviv University, University of Toronto, University of Aberdeen and King's College London and University of Edinburgh.
Professor Tsui has served on the editorial boards for 23 international peer-reviewed scientific journals, numerous scientific review panels, and many national and international advisory committees. He is currently member of the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission, Executive Committee of the Commission on Strategic Development and the Advisory Committee on Corruption of the Hong Kong SAR Government. He received the Order of Canada (Officer), the Order of Ontario, Knight of the Légion d'Honneur of France, and the title of Justice of the Peace (HKSAR)
The full curriculum vitae for Professor Tsui may be obtained fromhere.
Dr. Peter Chang (2014)
Peter Chang M.B.,B.S., D.P.M., D.PSYCH., F.R.C.P.(C), J.D.
Dr. Peter Chang graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong in 1968. He took psychiatric training in both Hong Kong and Canada, and had practised psychiatry in Canada from 1973 to 2014. He retired from medical practice on June 1, 2014. In addition to private practice, he also served as the Acting Medical Director at Whitby Psychiatric Hospital and the Chief of Psychiatry at the Salvation Army Scarborough Grace Hospital, as well as being a staff psychiatrist at Toronto East General Hospital and North York General Hospital. During his psychiatric career, Dr. Chang also volunteered with the Ontario Psychogeriatric Association, the Association of General Hospital Psychiatric Services of Ontario and the District Health Council of Metropolitan Toronto.
In 1992, Dr. Chang graduated from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1994, since then he has been practising law full-time. Dr. Chang has volunteered at Hong Fook Mental Health Association for 32 years, where he played many roles such as director, secretary, president, chair of a variety of committee and task forces. He has been the Chair of the Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation since 2001.
Dr. Chang has also volunteered at other charitable organizations including: the Toronto Hong Kong Lions Club, the Education Foundation of the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals of Ontario and the Mon Sheong Foundation. In the early years of the Chinese Canadian Medical Society and the Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals of Ontario, Dr. Chang served as the President of CCMS, and as a Trustee of the Education Foundation, and he has been serving as the legal advisor of the FCCP Education Foundation for about 20 years.
Dr. Peter Lee (2014)
Dr. Peter Lee (1943-2014)
Peter was born in New Zealand in 1943. He graduated from University of Otago where he received his internal medicine training. He completed further training in rheumatology in Glasgow and Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. He became a full Professor of Medicine within the University of Toronto in 1995.
He moved to Mount Sinai Hospital in 1998. Since then, he excelled himself in both patient care and research, becoming an internationally renowned expert in scleroderma, and publishing 115 peer-reviewed papers. The West Wing of Rebecca MacDonald Centre for Arthritis and Autoimmune diseases within Mount Sinai Hospital is now named the Peter Lee Specialty Research Clinics recognizing his outstanding contribution to the Rheumatology Department of the hospital.
His professional accomplishments included Chair of the Rheumatology Examination Board for the Royal College, Chair of the Therapeutic Committee of the Canadian Rheumatology Association, member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Rheumatology, and active member of the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He was awarded The Rheumatologist of the Year Award from the Ontario Rheumatology Association in 2008, and The Distinguished Rheumatologist Award from the Canadian Rheumatology Association in 2013 for his national and international leadership in the field of scleroderma.
He also made tremendous contribution to the Chinese Canadian community. He was the President of CCMS-Chinese Canadian Medical Society (Ontario) in 87-88, and President of the FCCP-Federation of Chinese Canadian Professionals (Ontario) in 88-89. In 1990, he was the Scientific Chairman of the 5th International Biennial Conference of Health Problems Related to the Chinese in North America, an extremely successful gathering of north American doctors in Toronto, that led eventually to the formation of Federation of Chinese American and Chinese Canadian Medical Societies (FCMS) in 1994. He was also a dedicated Trustee of the FCCP Education Foundation, being the Chair of Awards of Merit Committee for many years. He was awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award from the Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration in 2012.
He loves to travel, and is a wine enthusiast and a loving family man. He passed away peacefully on June 21, 2014. But he will be remembered and missed by all who knew him, and by all those lives he had touched, as a compassionate man who generously shared his intellect, passion and friendship with all he came across with.
Dr. Peter Liu (2014)
Dr. Peter Liu
Chief Scientific Officer / VP Research
University of Ottawa Heart Institute
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Peter Liu is the Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and also Professor of Medicine and Physiology at the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto. He was the former Scientific Director of the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the primary federal funding agency for health research in Canada. Professor Liu’s research focuses on the pathophysiology and clinical outcomes of heart failure from bench to bedside. He has first alerted the medical community to the importance of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. He also has elucidated the mechanisms of inflammation in cardiovascular disease, including the pathogenesis of myocarditis. He has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals, and received numerous awards in recognition of his research and scientific accomplishments.
Professor Liu has chaired or co-chaired annual scientific sessions of the Heart Failure Society of America, the International Society of Heart Research and the Human Proteomic Organization, amongst others. Currently he is the Director of the National C-CHANGE Initiative, harmonizing and integrating cardiovascular preventive guidelines for both professionals and patients, and developing strategies for implementation. The harmonized Canadian C-CHANGE guidelines have been chosen by all of the provincial premiers in Canada as the first cardiovascular guidelines to be mandated by the Ministries of Health across the entire country. He is also chair of several research projects in global health involving hypertension and heart failure, aiming to improve the cardiovascular care of patients worldwide.