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TODAY news for Thursday, May 12, 2008

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One of Loma Linda’s highest awards presented to former LLUMC surgeon

David P. T. Fang, MD, FACS, former chief of colorectal surgery at LLUMC, was honored by Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday evening, April 27.
David P. T. Fang, MD, FACS, former chief of colorectal surgery at LLUMC, was honored by Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center with the Lifetime Achievement Award on Sunday evening, April 27.
David P.T. Fang, MD, FACS, FASCRS, former chief of colorectal surgery at LLUMC and associate professor of surgery at LLU, was honored by Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center (LLUAHSC) with the Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by LLUAHSC.

Presenting the award to Dr. Fang was Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, president, Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center.

In addition to serving the Medical Center and University, Dr. Fang was a key figure in the planning, development, and as the first president of Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, which will grow to 1,200 beds within the next year and has become a key health facility and teaching hospital in the People’s Republic of China.

In presenting the award, Dr. Hart thanked Dr. Fang for his exemplary service as Loma Linda’s representative at Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou.

“I am honored to receive this distinguished Lifetime Achieve­ment Award,” Dr. Fang says. “Thank you for this great honor. From the bottom of my heart, I wish to express my gratitude to the Seventh-day Adventist Church for changing my life in 1951 and to the Loma Linda University School of Medicine for giving me the opportunity to study and become the physician I am today.”

Dr. Fang founded the Chinese Adventist Physicians Association (CAPA), an organization responsible for a physician and nurse exchange program that has seen more than 200 Chinese nurses and physicians receive training at LLUMC.

“On behalf of the Chinese Adventist Physicians Association, we are pleased to be a part of this event honoring our founder, Dr. David Fang,” says Basil Vassan­tachart, MD, president of CAPA and coordinator of the event.

Emceeing the event at the San Gabriel Hilton was Lisa Ling, host of the award-winning documentary series National Geographic Explorer, and her sister, Laura Ling, vice president of Current TV’s Vanguard Journalism unit.

By Larry Kidder, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, May 12, 2008