Wei Selected as 2022 Noordhoff Humanitarian Award Recipient

Fu-Chan Wei, MD, FACS, will receive the 2022 Noordhoff Humanitarian Award during Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2022 in Boston. Dr. Wei will present his lecture on "Extending Noordhoff's Legacy: International Microsurgical Fellowship at Chang Gung" from 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 30 in Ballroom East of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Dr. Wei is the founder and leader of the reconstructive microsurgery center at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.

Dr. Wei became Chairman of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1994, Vice Superintendent in 1997 at Chang Gung, and Chancellor of the College of Medicine in 2003 at Chang Gung University.

During his tenure as the Chief of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and through his leadership efforts, Chang Gung developed into a world leading microsurgical center renowned for extensive cases with an unattested high level of quality in head and neck reconstruction, facial palsy, brachial plexus, upper and lower extremity, breast and lymphedema reconstructions.

He transformed microsurgical free flap surgery through his contributions to perforator flaps. He also developed numerous ground-breaking concepts, techniques and innovations which laid the scientific foundation for this surgical discipline, such as the fibula osteosepto-cutaneous flap for compound long bone and mandibular reconstruction, and various toe-to-hand transplantation techniques for traumatic digital amputations, as well as free-style flaps for coverage of various other defects throughout the body.

Dr. Wei is Past President of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, has published 468 research papers, 114 book chapters and 18 books. In 2012, he was elected to the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. Wei has trained 166 fellows and mentored 2,395 visiting surgeons from 87 countries.

Dr. Wei's life-long commitment now is to cultivate the next generation of leaders and advance surgical care globally.

Noordhoff Legacy

The Noordhoff Humanitarian Award was established to honor the legacy of Dr. Samuel Noordhoff and has been funded by the Department of Plastic Surgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.

The endowment works to recognize plastic surgeons that lead a life dedicated to humanitarian outreach and use their skills to provide care for less fortunate patients. The endowment will fund an award that will be issued annually at Plastic Surgery The Meeting.

The remarkable story of Dr. Noordhoff's dedication to mission work and impact on Chang Gung Memorial Hospital can be read here.

Applicants were invited to nominate a plastic surgeon or group of plastic surgeons that meets the following criteria:

  • A plastic surgeon (or plastic surgery group) from anywhere in the world that inspires others to live a life of service
  • The type of individual or group who "least expects to be honored but deserves it the most"
  • Have a portfolio of demonstrated humanitarian service to patients, community, in education or for other surgeons
  • Given to the plastic surgery specialty through the scholarship of service, education, and/or capacity-building