Prof. Fu-Chan Wei is a plastic surgeon from Taipei, Taiwan. He is a world-renowned pioneer in reconstructive microsurgery.
Professor Wei was born in Tainan, Taiwan, and received his medical degree from the Kaohsiung Medical College. He completed plastic surgery training at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, with additional fellowship training in hand and microsurgery at the University of Toronto, ON, and at the Kleinert Institute in Louisville, KY. He has served on the faculties of the Chinese Medical University; the Taipei Medical University; and the Chang Gung Medical College, where he was dean of the college from 2003 to 2011. He is now the chief of the Center of Vascularized Composite Allo-Transplantation at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.
Professor Wei’s contributions to plastic surgery, especially to microsurgery, are legendary. His work to develop autologous tissue transplantation revolutionized cancer and trauma patient reconstruction. In addition to being a master clinician, Professor Wei is a prolific author, researcher, and educator. His scholarship has profoundly influenced his surgical peers; 1,335 visiting surgeons from 75 countries have gone to Taiwan to observe him and his team. His influence extends to the next generation, as well, and he has personally trained and mentored more than 100 fellows. Over the years, he has been recognized with virtually every major honor awarded in plastic surgery and microsurgery. The American Society of Plastic Surgery named him one of the 20 most important innovators in the last 40 years of plastic surgery.
Through his career of hard work, innovation, and achievement, he remains a kind and humble physician dedicated to restoring the health and dignity of his fellow human beings. He is the ideal role model for all plastic surgeons to emulate, and he is greatly deserving of this honor.