“When I arrived from Hong Kong, I knew nothing about McGill,” recalls Dr. Milton Leong, BSc’66, MDCM’70, DSc’00. “I didn’t even realize that Montreal was a French-speaking city.”
But 16 happy years at McGill left a lasting impression on Dr. Leong. “Montreal is one of my favourite cities, and McGill is my love, my foster mother who made everything easy for me,” he says.
After graduating from the Faculty of Medicine in 1970, Dr. Leong completed specialist training in obstetrics and gynecology. He returned to McGill in 1975 to work as an assistant professor, a position he held for four years before moving to Hong Kong to begin his own practice. He is now a reproductive medicine specialist and owner of The Women’s Clinic in Hong Kong and the co-founder of IVF Worldwide, the world’s largest and most comprehensive in-vitro fertilization-focused website for doctors, embryologists, nurses and social workers. He also remains an Adjunct Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology at McGill.
Throughout his career, Dr. Leong has been an ardent supporter of his alma mater. He has created three faculty chairs as well as the Dr. and Mrs. Milton Leong Fellowships in Health Sciences. He was also a founding member of the Martlet Foundation of Hong Kong, and has served on the Campaign McGill Committee for Asia.
“I’m interested in helping students, strengthening links between McGill and China, and helping build a department that can give future doctors the professors they need – teachers who can transform their lives, as professors like Robert Kinch, Robert Seymour and others transformed mine,” he says. “I felt giving back to McGill was a calling, and I wish that I could afford to do more. At McGill I was trained by the best, and I walked with giants of medicine.”