WONCA APR President 2015 – Professor Meng-Chih Lee

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Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our Editorial Board Member and Contributing Author Professor Meng-Chih Lee and wish him success in his new position as WONCA APR President-Elect 2015.

Professor Meng-Chih Lee

Meng-Chih Lee is an administrator, educator and researcher currently serving as the Superintendent of Taichung Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare in Taiwan. As a family practitioner, Meng-Chih has a strong background in medicine, public health, and geriatrics education in Taiwan. More recently, he has worked towards developing new initiatives in clinical care for older adults. These initiatives include health promotion and chronic disease management, a geriatric outpatient clinic, and intermediate care.

Meng-Chih has designed curriculum and delivery models for the care of older people in Taiwan and as a consequence has established himself as a national leader in this area. He was a visiting principal investigator of the Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) and led a national effort to design a more effective way to manage post-acute care.

In 2007, the National Project in Geriatric Care Education was initiated by Meng-Chih. This innovative program, the first of its kind in Taiwan, prepared undergraduate and graduate students to deliver quality care to older adults providing a critical role in meeting the challenges of a rapidly aging population. A platform for linking research training with clinical training, multi-sector collaboration across academia, enterprise and governmental organizations, faculty development in multi-disciplinary research in gerontology and geriatrics, and international exchanges was provided as a result of this initiative.

Meng-Chih is a chair and professor at Chung Shan Medical University/National Taichun University of Science and Technology. He also serves as president of the Taiwan College of Family Physicians and the president of the Taiwan Medical Alliance for Control of Tobacco.

In the past, Meng-Chih has taken on leadership positions including the vice president role for the Asia Pacific Region of the World Organization of Family Doctors. He also served as professor and dean of the School of Medicine and School of Public Health at Chung Shan Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan from 2002-2004 and 1993-1995, respectively. In addition he served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Center for Education and Research on Geriatric Care at the Chung Shan Medical University during 2001-2011. Before this, he was professor and chairman of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Chung Shan Medical University Hospital from 1990-2001. Meng-Chih has published more than 100 scientific papers on geriatric medicine, community medicine, family medicine, and medical education.

Meng-Chih earned his medical degree at the Chung Shan Medical College and a PhD in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at Tokyo Medical University. He resides in Taichung with his wife professor Shu-Hsin Lee, PhD.