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Biographical entry Chang, Victor (1936 - 1991)

AC, FRCS

Born
1936
Shanghai, China
Died
4 July 1991
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Cardiologist and Surgeon

Summary

Victor Chang was one of the world's leading cardiac surgeons and is best known for his outstanding work in heart transplantation. Chang spent most of his career at St Vincent's hospital in Sydney and travelled widely across Asia to train local surgeons in cardiac surgery procedures. Victor Chang was murdered during a suspected burglary in 1991, but his legacy lives on at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute which was established in 1994.

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Events

1953
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney) with family
1962
Education - Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Bachelor of Surgery (BS) completed at the University of Sydney
1963 - 1967
Career position - Intern then Registrar in cardiothoracic surgery at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney
c. 1968 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS)
c. 1968 - c. 1972
Career position - Trained in Britain with a Fellowship in Surgery from the English and American College of Surgeons
1972 -
Career position - Returned to St Vincent's Hospital joining the cardiothoracic team
1982 -
Career position - Member of the Australia China Council
1984
Career position - Pioneered the National Heart Transplant Program, St Vincent's Hospital
1986
Award - Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

Published resources

Books

  • Murray, James, Lifework: Heroes of Australian Health, Focus Publishing for [Medical Benefits Fund of Australia Ltd], Edgecliff, NSW, 1997, 160 pp. Details

Online Resources

Annette Alafaci