Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Ip Kam-wah 葉錦華 (1921-1948+)

updated on August 18, 2013.

Name variations: Ip Kam-wa. MBBS, HKU December 1920. Registered to practice Hong Kong February 4, 1921. Private practitioner 1921-48+ [1], address 1: #514 Nathan Road, Kowloon 1941; address 2: #516 Nathan Road, Kowloon 1948. Founder, proprietor and head physician, Kam Wah Sanatorium 錦華療養院 [n.d.]-1968. President, HKCMA 1935-36. Residence: #44 Pokfulam Road 1921.
fa/o Dr. Ip Yee 葉義 [2].
[1] Further research is required to ascertain the status of the practice during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, i.e. active, inactive, went underground, dormancy, etc.
[2] Ip Yee matriculated at HKU but discontinued in 1941 due to the Japanese invasion. He studied under the National Shanghai Medical College in free China in Chungking from1942 and received MBBS from HKU (ex. Emergency Committee) on March 22, 1946. After completing advanced studies in the UK, he returned to Hong Kong in around 1953 and started a private practice (#5 Homuntin Hill Road, Kowloon 1960s). He was an acclaimed collector of bamboo carving artifacts and bequeathed over 200 pieces of important artifacts in his collection to the Hong Kong Museum of Art. He died in 1984.
Selected bibliography: The Hong Kong Government Gazette, February 4, 1921, Notice #45; May 9, 1941, Notice #558.《香港年鑑》香港:華僑日報 (Hong Kong Year Book)。


Unknown said...

I was born in Kam Wah Sanatorium by Dr. 林禹成。

Gordon said...

Death - Dr. Ip Kam Wah died in 1961 from lung cancer at his home at 5 Homantin Hill Road, Kowloon.
War years - During the war years, he and his family moved to Chungking or Chongqing as it is known today. As he and his family moved inland, he had converted much of his prior savings into medicine. For those who were ill, If they had money, they could pay. If not one could barter and offer something of value. But If one could not pay, he still took care of the sick and asked that they remember him after the war. At his death, long visitation lines lasting a few days of notables and ordinary citizens alike came to pay their last respects. He was remembered for his generosity and care as a doctor before, during and after the war years. I know this first hand, because I was present. I am his grandson.

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