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Source: University of Western Ontario

Western medical graduate selected to head WHO

November 8, 2006

London, ON - Dr. Margaret Chan of China was selected today by the executive board of the World Health Organization for the post of Director-General. Chan graduated from Brescia University College in 1973 with a degree in Home Economics, and then applied to Western's medical school, now known as the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. She and her husband David both graduated with their Doctor of Medicine in 1977 from Western. Chan was also recognized with an honorary Doctorate of Science in 1999 by Western.

A family illness took Chan back to Hong Kong following graduation, where she went on to become the top public health officer, guiding Hong Kong through the SARS crisis. She then took over the job of pandemic planning for the World Health Organization, working out of Geneva.

"Dr. Chan is a perfect choice! We have followed her career and accomplishments with tremendous pride," says Dr. Carol Herbert, Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. "This is one of the top medical posts in the world, and we're confident the training she received here, along with her extensive public health experience, will help guide all of us through future health crises, even a pandemic."

Chan's appointment will be finalized tomorrow when the World Health Assembly meets for a special one-day session.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kathy Wallis, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, The University of Western Ontario, 519-661-2111 ext. 81136,



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