张 定兴


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Biography

 

      I was born in Guangzhou, China, and spent my formative year there. I graduated from Zhong Shan Medical College, Guangzhou in 1970. I left China and went to Hong Kong in 1971.

In Hong Kong, I worked at different jobs including factory worker, and drug store salesman. In 1975, I got a job in Lagos, Nigeria as medical officer. In 1976, I married my wife Ahlan.  I moved to United States of America in 1977.

 

        I began my internship in the department of surgery, Jackson Memorial hospital/University of Miami in 1978. Soon I found myself more interested in the field of Ophthalmology.  At the time, the Army Medical Department offered a preceptor program in Ophthalmology.  I took the opportunity.  I joined the US Army in 1980. I worked in Womack Army Hospital of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. 1982, I was selected for residency training in ophthalmology in Brooke Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. 1985, I was certified by the American board of Ophthalmology in 1986. My first assignment was in 121st US Army community Hospital in Seoul, Korea; then, Darnell Army community Hospital, Ft. Hood, Texas. By 1987, after more than 7 years service, I completed my military obligation. I had the option to resign my commission and left the Army completely or to stay in the Army reserve. I opted for the latter, because I felt honor to be an Army officer, and I am proud to be part of the system. I started a practice in Clovis, New Mexico in 1987 till 2000, and then I moved to California to join my sons and other family members who live in southern California.

 

       I have served in U.S Army active duty and reserve duty for 28 years. There were five oversea service including two peaceful assignments, Korea in 1987 and El Salvador in 2005. I took part of three wars including Desert Storm of Saudi Arabia in 1990, Afghanistan Campaign in 2004 and Iraq Campaign in 2006.  I won the title of most experience war zone eye surgeon among my military peers. The military awards I received are as following: Meritorious Service medal, two Army Commendation  medals, Humanitarian Service medal, Iraq Campaign medal, Afghanistan Campaign medal, global War on Terror Expeditionary medal, Global War on Terrors Service medal, Southwest Asia Service medal with 2 brown star, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Oversea Training Ribbon, National Defense medal with brown star, Armed Force Reserve medal with silver crest and M device, 3rd award, Korean Defense Service medal, Kuwait Liberation medal(Saudi Arabia) and Kuwait Liberation medal (Kuwait).

 

      In 2006, I received a Service Award from the Chinese American Ophthalmology Society for my service in Iraq and in the military. In 2008, I am elected Chief of department of surgery, Alhambra Hospital Medical Center, Alhambra, California. In 2008, I was selected to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Hornor by the Natiional Ethnics Coalition of Organization. For my dear medical school, I also done my share, I introduced the cataract phacoemulsification surgical technique to The Teaching Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University Medical College and was appointed as Ophthalmology Consultant for the University in 1995.  2002, I was honor by the SYSUM Alumni Association.

 

     I am a fellow of American Academy of Ophthalmology, member of California Academy of ophthalmology, member of Society of Military Ophthalmologists, member of Chinese American Ophthalmology society, Member of Veteran of Foreign War Association, and member of the Chinese Press Table Tennis club of Alhambra, California.

 

     I have three children all born in US. Harry and Edward are computer engineers working in Silicon Valley of California. Michael works in the State Department in Washington, DC. My wife works as an office manager in my medical practice.

 

张 定兴

Dik Cheung, MD

Col. US Army Reserve, Medical Corps