MHS: SUPPORTING THE FUTURE
Her semi-retirement allows her
to participate in several medical
missions each year. “It feels very
good to give these patients a better
quality of life,” Dr. Lee said in a
2014 interview with representatives
of the journalism department at
the University of Hawaii, Manoa. 2
As a Colonel in the U.S. Army
Medical Corps, Dr. Lee also
served her adopted homeland.
She was an active duty surgeon
assigned to an evacuation
hospital during Operation Desert
Storm. In a 400-bed hospital
in northern Saudi Arabia, she
served on a team of surgeons
that performed 125 operations.
One of Dr. Lee’s patients was a
high-ranking officer of the Iraqi
Republican Guard, illustrating
her commitment to care for any
patient in need of surgical services. 3
Beyond offering her volunteer
services, Dr. Lee has given back
to the medical community in
other notable ways. She’s been a
generous donor through planned
gifts to several educational
institutions and medical
associations, including her alma
mater, Harvard Medical School,
and the ACS Foundation. She
gives back because of the support
she received and because she
wants to help future generations
of students. “The education and
training I received in the U.S. have
enabled me to have a career and
to serve humanity,” Dr. Lee said. 4
Explaining why she donated
to the ACS, Dr. Lee said, “The
motto on the seal of the ACS
is ‘to serve all with skill and
fidelity.’ In order to preserve
and promote highest standards
and quality of surgical care, all
Fellows of the American College
of Surgeons should support and
donate to the ACS Foundation.”
(Personal communication with
author via e-mail, May 16, 2013).
As a donor to the ACS
Foundation since 1994, Dr. Lee
also is a member of the Fellows
Leadership Society and has
made major gifts to ACS Cancer
Programs and the scholarship
fund to help international
surgeons attend Clinical Congress.
The ACS Foundation
recognizes Dr. Lee’s commitment
to her profession and patients,
as illustrated in her gifts of time,
talent, and financial contributions.
Through her support as a MHS
member, Dr. Lee will continue
a legacy of service in support of
the ACS Operation Giving Back
program and of the provision of
lifelong learning opportunities.
If you are interested in
learning about how you can join
Dr. Lee in making a planned gift
to the College, contact Shane
Hollett, Executive Director, ACS
Foundation, at 312-202-5506. ♦
1. Searcy T. 13 people receive much
needed hernia surgery. Blog
post. March 13, 2009. Available
March 11, 2016.
2. Bergonio B. Ka Hui Ho’olauna
Show 13. May 24, 2014. Available
Accessed March 11, 2016.
3. Women In Military Service For
America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
Available at: www.womensmemorial.
org/Education/ APA.html. Accessed
March 11, 2016.
4. Yeu-Tsu Margaret Lee, MD ’ 61 returns
help she was given. Harvard Medical
School. Available at: http://hms.
harvard.edu/yeu-tsu-margaret-lee-md- 61. Accessed on March 11, 2016.
Dr. Lee (left)
on a medical