Lives of the fellows

Foo Leong Li Saw Hee

b.19 September 1963 d.9 May 2016
BSc Lond(1986) MB BS(1989) MRCP(1993) MD(2001) FRCP(2006) PGDip(2007)

Foo Leong Li Saw Hee was a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in south Wales. Born into a medical family (his father was a doctor), Foo attended Guy’s Hospital Medical School, gained an intercalated degree in pathology, and qualified MB BS in 1989.

He spent some time working in and around London, before joining a cardiology specialist training programme in the Midlands. During his time as a cardiology registrar he committed himself to undertaking research under the tutorship of Gregory Lip and was awarded an MD in 2001. His research was predominantly in the field of hypertension and his interest in this area of medicine was maintained during his clinical career.

Whilst completing his training in cardiology at City Hospital in Birmingham, Foo was encouraged to apply for a post as a cardiologist at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant. He interviewed successfully and took up the post in 2002, moving his wife Janet and two young children to live in south Wales. He settled in quickly and soon acquired a reputation as a sensible, hardworking and committed cardiologist. The post involved a commitment to general medicine, at which Foo excelled. His passionate interest in education also led him to undertake a postgraduate diploma in medical education at the Royal College of Physicians. Foo was extensively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Llantrisant, and was regarded very highly by his students and teaching colleagues.

In his spare time, Foo loved photography and read widely. He was a committed Christian and played an active part in the local Chinese Christian community. He was the first coordinator of the Mandarin ministry in the Cardiff Chinese Christian Church, contributing significantly to the Mandarin Couples Fellowship and the Working Peoples’ Bible Society. He was also mission secretary of the church council and chaired the mission board until he became too ill to continue. His wisdom and sound judgment helped the mission ministry in its direction and decision-making.

Foo was a fine husband and father. He was very much loved by his family and all the brothers and sisters of his church. In his memory, and as testimony to his work in the field of medical education, a prize has been established at the Cwm Taf University Health Board, which will be awarded at an annual postgraduate meeting. He will be remembered with great fondness by all those that worked with him, were treated by him or taught by him. His life was taken far too early, and his gentle, disarming nature is hugely missed by his pupils, colleagues and patients.

Gethin Ellis
Reverend Sam Wong

(Volume XII, page web)

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