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NTU alumnus makes donation to train female medical scientists
Central News Agency
2014-01-13 10:51 AM
Taipei, Jan. 12 (CNA) A well-known U.S. obstetrician on Sunday donated NT$90 million (US$3 million) to her Taiwan alma mater to help train female medical scientists. Livia S. Wan, 80, said she wanted to encourage more women to dedicate themselves to medical science, particularly in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Her alma mater National Taiwan University (NTU) said it will use the money to set up a special fund to hire female professors in the specified field. After she graduated from the NTU's Medical College in 1958, Wan applied for a resident physician post at NTU Hospital but was turned down. In frustration, she went to the United States where she secured an internship at Kings County Hospital Center in New York and later went into residency training at Philadelphia General Hospital. In 1969, Wan became a faculty member of New York University and in 1980 was appointed as the university's first woman professor. She introduced minimally invasive surgery at New York University and is considered an expert in that field. (By Hsu Chih-wei and S.C. Chang)
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