UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 14 | Dec.
Wallace Chung joined VGH after graduating from McGill in
1953. He became a member of the faculty of Medicine at UBC
and established vascular surgery as a new specialty and a
separate division of surgery at VGH and UBC. In 1981 he became
head of the department of Surgery at University Hospital and
helped build that department into one of the finest in Canada.
He was awarded an honorary degree from UBC in 1994.
A native British Columbian, Chung has been active in educating
the community about the role of Chinese Canadians in Canada.
As a member of the Canadian Multicultural Council, he was
a significant contributor to the Multiculturalism Act.
He also has a lifelong passion for the Canadian Pacific Railroad,
the Chinese-Canadian experience, and the opening of the West.
He donated his collection of more than 26,000 items to UBC
in 1999. For more information, visit the Chung Collection
Web site at www.library.ubc.ca/chung.