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Taiwanese liver transplant expert recognized for service overseas

Taiwanese liver transplant expert recognized for service overseas

Taipei, March 18 (CNA) A Taiwanese leading expert in liver transplants received a medal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Wednesday in recognition of his efforts to treat patients at home and abroad and play a part in promoting "medical diplomacy." Foreign Minister David Lin (???) conferred the Friend of Foreign Service Medal upon Chen Chao-long (???), superintendent of the Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, at the award ceremony. "Chen is a leading expert in liver transplants," Lin said. "Over a long career, he has engaged in international medical cooperation, leading delegations to Japan, the Philippines, the United States and European countries, as well as our diplomatic allies in Central and South America." "Today, we present the diplomatic medal to Chen in deep appreciation and recognition of his invaluable contributions to our medical diplomacy," Lin said at the ceremony, which was also attended by foreign diplomats posted in Taiwan. Chen performed the first successful liver transplant in Asia in 1984 and has since continued to advance his transplant techniques.
In 2012, he completed his 1,000th transplant. Lin also praised Chen's willingness to share his expertise, give lectures overseas and train surgeons, both at home and abroad. Upon receiving the medal, Chen said that "it is the greatest honor in my life." Taiwan has received great assistance from countries such as the United States to improve its medical development, Chen said, adding that it is time for Taiwan to help other countries in need. "It is my honor to contribute to my country," Chen said. The ceremony was attended by ambassadors from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Paraguay. In February, Chen visited those three countries to share his expertise in carrying out living donor liver transplants. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-23 01:46 GMT+08:00