Victor Chang

Surgeon

1936 – 1991

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Who was Victor Chang?

Victor Peter Chang, AC, was a Chinese-Australian cardiac surgeon and a pioneer of modern heart transplantation. Born in Shanghai to Australian-born Chinese parents, he grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Australia. After completing his medical studies at the University of Sydney and working in St Vincent's Hospital, he trained in the United Kingdom and the United States as a surgeon before returning to Australia. In St Vincent's Hospital, he helped establish the National Cardiac Transplant Unit, the country's leading centre for heart and lung transplants. Chang's team had a high success rate in performing heart transplantations and he pioneered the development of an artificial heart valve.

In 1986, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for his "service to international relations between Australia and China and to medical science". In 1991, Chang died after being shot in a failed extortion attempt against him. His legacy includes the creation of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, being voted Australian of the Century at the People's Choice Awards, and the establishment of the Victor Chang Lowy Packer Building in St Vincent's Hospital.

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Born
Nov 21, 1936
Shanghai
Also known as
  • Dr. Victor Peter Chang
Ethnicity
  • Chinese Australian
Nationality
  • Australia
Profession
Education
  • University of Sydney
Lived in
  • Sydney
Died
Jul 4, 1991
Mosman

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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