Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery

I am very fortunate to have such a fulfilling career in which I get to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. I’ve always dreamed of giving back to the Chinese community and an international fellowship will help tremendously improve the medical landscape in rural Chinese provinces.

Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, MUHC

The Challenge

Dr. Dominique Shum-Tim is a cardiac surgeon at the MUHC, a prolific researcher, and a full-time professor of surgery at McGill University. His love of teaching and giving back has fuelled him to launch a very meaningful initiative – improving access to cardiac care in China.

Heart disease is one of China’s most prevalent healthcare challenges and after seeing first-hand the devastating effects it had on patients and their families living in remote areas, Dr. Shum-Tim was inspired. In 2016, under his leadership, he was able to bring Dr. Chen Qiansu from the Guiyang Medical School Affiliated Hospital, to the MUHC to improve his knowledge and surgical skills. After spending one year learning from the hospital’s Division of Cardiac Surgery, Dr. Chen returned to the Guiyang Medical School Affiliated Hospital, and the impact of his training was felt immediately. His institution increased their cardiac surgery volume from 400 to 600 cases in 2017, representing a 50% increase from the previous year. Dr. Chen has also become one of the hospital’s medical leaders and regularly shares his expertise with the next generation of Chinese surgeons.

The Solution

For Dr. Shum-Tim, improving access to cardiovascular surgical care in remote Chinese provinces has been a truly rewarding experience. His dedication and commitment to this cause have drawn comparisons to the work of Dr. Norman Bethune, so much so that he has been nicknamed a contemporary Norman Bethune. Dr. Shum-Tim is planning to continue to mentor and share his knowledge and experience in surgical education on an international scale, and to support his efforts the MUHC Foundation is raising $2 million to create the Contemporary Norman Bethune Fellowship in Cardiovascular Surgery. 

Your support will help:

  • Promote the MUHC and McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine as international leaders in surgical care and education
  • Ensure a sustainable source of funding by creating an endowed fellowship that will allow a cardiovascular surgeon from China to further their training at the MUHC
  • Increase the surgical capacity, improve best practices, and optimize the patient experience at remote hospitals in China
  • Teach the next generation of Chinese surgeons comprehensive principles of general and specialized cardiac surgery
  • Improve the analysis and decision-making skills of Chinese surgeons during procedures

How you can help

For more information, please contact Miguel Burnier, Director of Development, miguel.burnierjr@muhc.mcgill.ca, 514-934-1934, ext. 71205.

You can donate online, download our donation form or call us at 514-843-1543.

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