eart transplant surgeon born in 1937 in China of Australian-born Chinese parents.
Victor studied medicine and surgery at Sydney University and performed his first transplant operation in 1984. He soon became a high profile surgeon and is noted for the work he did at Sydney's St. Vincents Hospital, where he was chairman of the cardiac transplantation team. He was also a director of the Australian cardiac transplantation programme.
In 1990 his team launched an externally operating artificial heart which minimised blood clotting and improved the chances of those waiting in line for a new heart.
The nation was shocked in 1991 when Victor Chang was shot dead by extortionists in a quiet Cremorne street. A plaque was laid at the spot where he died.
In September '99, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute will benefit from the opening of the Sydney Superdome, the last stage of the Homebush Bay complex. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti will sing to a possible 20,000 crowd who will pay $600 per ticket.
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