International Society
for Experimental Microsurgery

Founded in 1991



The International Society for Experimental Microsurgery always remember for Professor Robert Zhong, the scientist, the teacher, the mentor, the man. His work, achievement and his whole life should be an example for younger generations.
His spirit will be ever-present in our minds.

Robert ZhongDr. Robert Zhong was born in Shanghai, China, January 16, 1946. Died in London Ontario, September 8, 2006.

Dr. Zhong was a Canada Research Chair in Transplantation and Experimental Surgery, a Professor of Surgery, Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology, Director of Experimental Surgery at The University of Western Ontario in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. He was a Scientist at Robarts Research Institute, Director of the Microsurgery Laboratory at London Health Sciences Centre and a Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute. Dr. Zhong was directing a world-class microsurgery and primate surgery transplant team developing animal models that bridge basic research and clinical application. This team is internationally renowned for its long tradition of establishing novel transplant animal models, testing of new immunosuppressive agents and xenotransplantation. Dr. Zhong held several peer-review funds including NIH, CIHR, and CFI. He has authored 150 papers in high profile journals including Nature, Nature Medicine, Lancet, etc. He was also a member of the editorial board for Transplantation, Xenotransplantation, Microsurgery etc.
Dr. Zhong was the President of the International Society for Experimental Microsurgery between 1998-2000 and received the Dr. Sun Lee Award for his outstanding contributions in experimental transplant microsurgery.

Dr. Zhong was a world-class expert in experimental microsurgery and transplantation. Ted Hewitt, Vice-President of University of Western Ontario (Research and International Relations): "Dr. Zhong was paramount in making Canada a leader in organ transplant research," he says. "The Western community is saddened by his passing - we extend our deepest sympathies to his family."
"Bob Zhong was one of Western's foremost scientists and teachers, and a real gentleman. He provided superb leadership to his research colleagues, fellows and graduate students in the pursuit of improved knowledge and practice in transplant surgery," says Carol Herbert, Dean of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. "His talent and skill in microvascular surgery was recognized worldwide, as was his humility and integrity. We will strive to continue to advance the work for which he had such a passion and commitment."

Dr. Robert Zhen Zhong’s Motto


The longer I live, the more I realize the
impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than the past,
than education, the money, than circumstances,
than failures, than successes, than what other
people think of say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness of skill.
It will make or break a company…a church…a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day
regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change the past.
We cannot change the fact that people
will act in a certain way.
We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we
have, and that is our attitude.
I am convinced that life is ten percent what happens
to me and ninety percent how I react to it.
And so it is with you.
We are in charge of our attitudes!