President Tsai pays tribute to late U.S. surgeon Noordhoff

Taipei, Dec. 4 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen wrote a tribute to late American surgeon Samuel Noordhoff on her Facebook page Tuesday, expressing thanks for his 40 years of dedicated service in Taiwan.The retired doctor, who passed away Monday in the United States at the age of 91, was the founder of the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation in Taipei and was known in Taiwan by the Chinese name Luo Huei-fu."You are forever our family," Tsai said in her Facebook post.Noordhoff practiced medicine for more than 40 years in Taiwan as a medical missionary and served as president of both Mackay Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital.In Tsai's tribute to him, she said he was instrumental to the development of modern healthcare in Taiwan.Noordhoff helped establish the first intensive care unit, burn center, craniofacial treatment center and suicide prevention center in Taiwan, Tsai said.He donated US$100,000 of his hard-earned life savings to establish the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation in 1989 and helped 50,000 people in underserved areas of Taiwan receive holistic care for cleft palates and craniofacial deformities, Tsai said.Even after Noordhoff retired and returned to the U.S. in 1999, he kept abreast of medical developments in Taiwan and returned annually to provide follow-up care to his patients, the president said."Dr. Noordoff, who treated and served Taiwan as his home country, is forever a Taiwanese," she wrote. "Thank you for all you have done for us."