Dr. Zhong Wei Chen: A microsurgery pioneer

Dr. Zhong Wei Chen: A microsurgery pioneer Dr. Chen grew up in a physician family. His childhood was nurtured with medical stimulus. He was a high school javelin champion, which gave him a strong, enterprising spirit. Dr. Chen obtained his medical degree from Shanghai Second Medical College in 1954, followed by postgraduate training under the guidance of Professor Yan Qing Ye, one of the founders of modern Chinese orthopedic surgery, at the Shanghai Lister Hospital. After completing his orthopedic training, he was appointed to Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, a nationally well-known trauma center. He quickly became a core member in traumatic orthopedic surgery. In January of 1963, a factory worker with a machinery amputation of the distal forearm was referred to the hospital. Dr. Chen and his coworkers took this challenge, successfully replanting the hand. This was the first extremity replantation reported in medical literature. In 1966, Dr. Chen successfully replanted an amputated finger. By 1983, Dr. Chen’s group had carried out 1,107 replantations of limbs and digits of various types. In 1978, he was honored as the ‘‘Father of Replantation’’ at the International Hand Surgery Conference in Rotterdam. Dr. Chen continued his contribution to the development of microsurgical application in reconstructive surgery. In 1975, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Microsurgery Wiley

Dr. Zhong Wei Chen: A microsurgery pioneer

Microsurgery, Volume 22 (1) – Jan 1, 2002

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Wiley
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Copyright © 2002 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.
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0738-1085
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1098-2752
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10.1002/micr.228
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Dr. Chen grew up in a physician family. His childhood was nurtured with medical stimulus. He was a high school javelin champion, which gave him a strong, enterprising spirit. Dr. Chen obtained his medical degree from Shanghai Second Medical College in 1954, followed by postgraduate training under the guidance of Professor Yan Qing Ye, one of the founders of modern Chinese orthopedic surgery, at the Shanghai Lister Hospital. After completing his orthopedic training, he was appointed to Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital, a nationally well-known trauma center. He quickly became a core member in traumatic orthopedic surgery. In January of 1963, a factory worker with a machinery amputation of the distal forearm was referred to the hospital. Dr. Chen and his coworkers took this challenge, successfully replanting the hand. This was the first extremity replantation reported in medical literature. In 1966, Dr. Chen successfully replanted an amputated finger. By 1983, Dr. Chen’s group had carried out 1,107 replantations of limbs and digits of various types. In 1978, he was honored as the ‘‘Father of Replantation’’ at the International Hand Surgery Conference in Rotterdam. Dr. Chen continued his contribution to the development of microsurgical application in reconstructive surgery. In 1975,

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