Canadian Medical Association

Dundas, Ont.; University of Saigon (South Vietnam), 1963; obstetrics and gynecology. Died Sept. 30, 2021, aged 86. Survived by a son. “She never wavered in focus to become a physician, which was inspired after witnessing, at age 5, her physician grandfather drain an ill boy’s abscess, and seeing him become better immediately afterwards. This inspiration was later supplemented by her deep sense of spirituality through her Mahayana Buddhist teachings. She graduated top of her medical school class at the University of Saigon in 1963, where she’d met Dad [deceased] during her surgical thesis defence and oral exams. Mom was 1 of only 2 women to complete the mostly male (at that time) general surgery residency program at Saigon’s Cho Ray Hospital. After immigrating to Windsor, Ont., in 1969 during a physician shortage, she had to restart as an intern at Windsor’s Metropolitan Hospital, and completed her Canadian obstetrics and gynecology residency training at McMaster University in 1977. There was hardly ever a quick visit at her 53 Augusta St. office in Hamilton, as her administrative assistants and those in the waiting room can attest. She’d calmly take the time to listen to more than 1 problem per person. All patients received her full attention and best effort to provide detailed, compassionate care and instructions, and to discuss concerns. Mom’s sense of joy and purpose — what she called her mission — was to bring life into the world via birth deliveries or tubal-ligation reversals (with Dad assisting), and to relieve suffering through her gynecology care. . . . In her later years she never stopped trying to learn, attending . . . meditation seminars and McMaster’s obstetrics and gynecology grand rounds, as well as several medical continuing education conferences, while also maintaining her gynecology practice. Her medical service to our diverse community spanned 57 years, and on some occasions she was caring for 2-3 generations of the same family during 1 office visit. She also provided safe in-person office gynecology care through the pandemic, until mid-October 2020.”

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