Mina Chung, MD, 1968 - 2020
We remember our colleague, mentor and friend who left us far too soon. She died at the age of 51 as the result of a skiing accident in Italy, where she was attending a medical conference.
Dr. Mina Chung meant many things to many people. She delivered compassionate care to thousands of patients. From babies who received sight giving surgery to those in their twilight years struggling to preserve their vision, she dedicated her whole heart to their relief. Patients and their families looked forward to seeing her. Despite a busy clinical schedule, she always made enough time to give each person in her care her focused attention, expertise and wisdom.
She was an advisor to countless numbers of residents, researchers and colleagues throughout the world. Calm, insightful and tireless in her pursuit of knowledge, she made those around her better clinicians, surgeons and scientists. As a teacher she set a sterling example for residents, fellows, medical students, support staff and her peers to follow. Her standards were among the highest and she lived up to them daily.
As a scientist she had a rare talent for translating clinical presentations of eye disease into research questions. This curiosity resulted in dozens of publications, helping to advance our understanding of eye disease. She had a particular interest in inherited retinal diseases and genetic factors contributing to age-related macular degeneration. As part of the University’s Advanced Retinal Imaging Alliance (ARIA), she specialized in developing optics technologies to study early cellular changes in macular diseases.
Dr. Chung was a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles, in 1998. She then completed a fellowship in vitreo-retinal disease at the University of Iowa Carter School of Medicine. She then served as chief resident at Los Angeles County Hospital / University of Southern California from 2000 to 2002 where she focused on training of residents and pediatric retinal care and surgery.She was Vice Chair of Women in Retina and member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
In the hopes of establishing an endowed fund in memory of Dr. Mina Chung, we would be honored if you made a gift to the University of Rochester Flaum Eye Institute at www.chungmemorial.urmc.edu