Prof. Lizhu Zhang, IVF Pioneer in China, died at age 95
The IFFS is sorry to announce the passing of Prof. Lizhu Zhang, who achieved the 1st IVF baby in Mainland China and founded the OBGYN Department at Peking University 3rd hospital.
In 1944, Prof. Zhang obtained her MD at St. John’s Hospital in Shanghai and continued her post doctoral training at hospitals in Columbia University and New York University Medical School in US for gynecological endocrinology, and then, in Johns Hopkins Medical School for pathology and surgery. She obtained the certificate of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist in 1950. Since 1951, she started her practice at Tongji University Hospital in Shanghai and Peking University 1st Hospital. In 1958 she helped found the OBGYN Department at 3rd hospital and chaired the department until 1996. Under her leadership it soon ranked China’s best OB-GYN center in terms of treatment, research and training. She had served as co-chair of Chinese Medical Association OB-GYN Branch from 1991 to 1995, vice editor-in-chief of Chinese Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1981 to 2006, and the honorary President of the Reproductive Medical Center at Peking University 3rd Hospital since 2001.
Since the early 1980s, Prof. Zhang and her team started working on IVF-ET and in 1988 the first IVF baby of mainland China was born at her hospital. She was one of China’s pioneers of OBGYN. Having worked as practitioner and teacher of medicine for over 60 years, her work has inspired generations of leading medical experts of China. Prof. Zhang achieved the first delivery of Gamete intra-fallopian Transfer, donor oocyte IVF, frozen thawed IVF, surrogating IVF, and egg-sperm-embryo frozen IVF in China. She has been lovingly called “the mother of IVF babies in China.”