Kaohsiung, Feb 12 (CNA) Taiwan-based neurosurgeon Kwan Aij-lie (關皚麗) took over as global president of the International College of Surgeons (ICS) on Friday, becoming the first female leader of the Taiwan-based organization. Chicago since its inception. establishment 87 years ago, according to Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU).
Kwan received a certificate confirming her new position with ICS on Friday at a ceremony at KMU, where she works as a professor, the university said in a statement on Saturday.
With the assumption of this position, Kwan became the first female ICS leader and the second Taiwan-based surgeon to lead the global organization, following Lee Chun-jean (李俊仁), who held the position from 2001. to 2002, according to the University.
In the statement, Kwan reportedly said she would continue to help provide medical services in rural areas around the world and advance surgical technologies.
Born in Indonesia, Kwan studied at KMU and became the first female neurosurgeon in Taiwan, the university said.
She joined the ICS more than 20 years ago and became its global president-elect when the organization’s board of governors met in Kaohsiung in November 2018, according to the organization.
During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Kwan hosted online seminars and meetings for ICS members to share information and findings about the disease, and she helped provide resources for medical workers. in Indonesia, the university said.
For his contributions to promoting international medical cooperation, Kwan received a Foreign Service Friend Medal from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in February 2021, the university said.
The ICS was founded in 1935 by Max Thorek with a mission to “promote worldwide surgical excellence through education, training, fellowship and humanitarian efforts,” according to its website.
The organization has more than 4,000 members in 134 countries, the website says.