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Honoring the Legacy of Yan Fuqing, MD, Class of 1909

Academic Program and Unveiling and Installation of Bust

We invite you to attend two events to honor the legacy of Yan Fuqing, MD, Class of 1909. He was the first Asian to receive a doctorate of medicine from Yale School of Medicine (YSM).

Dr. Yan was a medical practitioner, public health advocate, civil servant, and educator. Upon his graduation from YSM, he returned to China and became the founding dean of the Xiang-Ya (Hunan-Yale) School of Medicine, a collaboration between the Hunan provincial government and the Yale-China Association. Dr. Yan also created several public health initiatives, including the establishment of the Hunan Red Cross and the Chinese Medical Association.

In the late 1920s, Dr. Yan was integral in planning an academic medical center in Shanghai, becoming the founding dean of what is now known as the Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University. He passed away in 1970, and by 1978, was lauded as a national hero for his contributions to the health of the nation.

To honor Dr. Yan, his granddaughter, Doreen Chen, has donated a bronze bust which will be installed in the medical library. Please join us on Oct. 25 for two events celebrating Dr. Yan and his contributions to the medical community:

  • Academic Program from 3 - 5 p.m. in the Team Based Learning Classroom, SHML-115 at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, 333 Cedar Street. The program will feature:
    • David N. Luesink, PhD, Associate Professor of History, Sacred Heart University, will present: "Yan Fuqing and the Advent of Biomedicine in Republican China"
    • Nancy Chapman, PhD, Trustee of the Yale-China Association, will present: "Yan Fuqing, MD: A Doctor Beyond Borders"
    • Dr. Yan Zhiyuan, Associate Professor, Fudan University and Vice President, Yan Fuqing Foundation for Medical Education
  • Unveiling and Installation of Dr. Yan’s Bust and Reception from 5 - 6:15 p.m. in the Medical Historical Library.


  • Sacred Heart University

    David N. Luesink, PhD
    Associate Professor
  • Yale-China Association

    Nancy Chapman, PhD
  • Fudan University

    Dr. Yan Zhiyuan
    Associate Professor and Vice President of Yan Fuqing Foundation for Medical Education






Lectures and Seminars, Receptions
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