Hamshahri Online – Arash Nahavandi: Victor Peter Chang, (1936-1991), an Australian heart surgeon of Chinese descent, was one of the pioneers of modern heart transplantation in Australia. His death in 1991 shocked the Australian people. This event is known as one of the most infamous events in the history of Australia. Chung was buried after a state funeral. In 1999, he was selected as “Australian of the Century” at the People’s Choice Awards.
After completing his medical studies at the University of Sydney, Chang worked at St. Vincent’s Hospital. He also trained as a surgeon in England and the United States. At St. Vincent’s Hospital, he helped establish the Heart Transplant Unit, the nation’s leading center for heart and lung transplantation. Chang Meezan and his team of surgeons were highly successful in performing heart transplants. He pioneered the creation of artificial heart valves. In fact, he was instrumental in the development of an artificial heart valve by forming Pacific Biomedical Corporation in Singapore. In 1986, he was awarded the Order of Australia First Class for his services to Australia-China relations, as well as his services to medical science.
In 1991, Victor Peterchang was murdered by two young men who tried to extort him. His legacy includes setting up the Victor Chung Foundation. Additionally, after his death, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute was created and the Victor Chang Levy Packer Building was established at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
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