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July 1998

Yan-Fei Yang, MD, 1911-1997

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(7):968. doi:

Yan-Fei Yang, MD, Eminent Professor of Ophthalmology and former chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the National Taiwan University Hospital and School of Medicine, and the Eminent President, Ophthalmological Society of the Republic of China, Taipei, Taiwan, died December 27, 1997, after a brief illness. He was born November 3, 1911, and graduated from Taipei Medical College in March 1932. He is survived by his 2 sons, 1 daughter, and 6 grandchildren.

He is best remembered for leading the eradication program against trachoma in Taiwan during the early 1950s, sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) of the World Health Organization and in collaboration with Dr T. C. Hsu, Commissioner of Health, which proved for the first time the efficacy of such programs in developing countries. Yet within Chinese ophthalmology, Professor Yang is remembered as much for his instrumental role in creating the foundations of modern ophthalmic care and education in Taiwan on his return from the United States in 1955.