Doreen GuoFong Chen was born in Hong Kong on April 10, 1932. She was the 2nd child of PingTsang Chen and Hilda Yen, who both are important figures in Chinese history. Her grandfather, FuChing Yen, first Asian graduate of Yale Medical School, is the founder of the modern medicine of China. Her family has strong ties to Christianity and she was baptized after birth. Raised by grandparents, Doreen spent time in Hong Kong, China and the US throughout her life. Her warm demeanor, professionalism, charm, and strong independent mind defined her character. She firmly believed in justice and kindness, and never wavered when it came to defending her beliefs; her spirit will forever be an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
She graduated from Peking Union Medical College after her studies at Hunter College, CUNY. With a strong educational foundation, Doreen became a prominent figure in her field. Her remarkable career spanned across continents as she dedicated herself to both China and the United States.
Doreen's contributions as a Pediatric Cardiologist and as a pioneer Chinese Medicine Practitioner, were invaluable. In recognition of her achievements and dedication, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Acupuncture Society of NY and was named International Woman of the Year by the American Association of Oriental Medicine. She established herself as an influential figure within the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and worked tirelessly worked towards legalizing TCM in America, seeking to integrate its holistic healing methods into mainstream healthcare.
In addition to her medical accomplishments, Doreen held notable positions throughout her career. She served as President of the NY Licensed Acupuncturists Association and was also appointed Senior Advisor of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Society. As President of the United Alliance of NYS Licensed Acupuncturists and First Chair and Honorable Chair of the Chinese Advisory Council of the AAAOM, she played an instrumental role in promoting acupuncture and TCM worldwide.
Doreen's groundbreaking research on "KeShan" disease gained worldwide recognition with the first world report on this debilitating ailment. In 1990's, she spoke in the congress supporting the rights to take examine for TCM acupuncturist. On October 25, 2023, she was invited to deliver a speech at Yale Medical School alongside with high-ranking government officials from China and the dean of Yale Medical School, she proudly shared her wisdom and expertise.
Doreen was known for her vibrant personality and love for life. She delighted in traveling and embarked on journeys to Europe, South America, South Asia and East Asia. When not immersed in medicine or travel, Doreen found joy in playing Mahjong with her children. Other cherished memories include her 70th birthday gathering in NY and her 90th birthday in CS, TX.
Doreen was preceded in death by her first husband, ZhuHeng Lin, who died in 1958; her sibling, William Chen; and second husband, ShiYuan Yang, age 60 years.
She is survived by three children, Maria Yang, Jarry Yang, and David Young; and seven grandchildren, Daniel You, Alvin You, Silvia Yang, Suzanna Yang, Synthia Yang, Phyllis Yang, and Phoebe Young.
Doreen's impact on the medical field and her dedication to helping others will be remembered for generations to come. The family wishes to acknowledge the support given to her from all over the globe, including Dr. Lin of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and Dr. Liu of World Federation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Societies (under WHO), Dr. Tian, of the Chinese Association of TCM in greater Washington DC area and former White House consult for complementary and alternative medicine, Yale China Association, National Federation of Chinese TCM Organization, United Alliance of NY State Licensed Acupuncturist Association, New York College of TCM, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Peking Union Medical College, College Station Chinese Bible Church, Visiting Angels, and many, many others.