2001 INDUCTEE Leonora King, MD Patient Care, The Early Days - Health Care Pioneers, Public Health, Health Promotion & Advocacy, Global Health, Women in Medicine
April 17, 1851
June 30, 1925
MD, University of Michigan (1876)
Order of the Double Dragon
Became Canada’s first female medical missionary to China
A pioneer for women in medicine and a champion of care for those in need
After graduating with her MD, Dr. King spent almost fifty years as a Methodist missionary doctor in the northern Chinese province of Chihli. Besides practicing medicine and teaching public health – she devoted her work mainly to the care of women and children – she exerted her influence with local nobles to set up dispensaries, hospitals, and even a Government Medical School for Women, which trained doctors and nurses in Tientsin. At a time when foreigners were viewed with suspicion in China, Dr. King fostered international understanding in an exemplary way through her medical work and her sacrifice of self for the benefit of others.
Was one of only 39 female students in a medical class of 314
The second woman to practice medicine in China
Became the first Western woman to be honoured as a Mandarin
Impact on lives today
In not fearing the unknown and by choosing to care for those society dismissed, Dr. King has become a true inspiration. The hospitals she established and the medical training program she developed improved the lives of many, especially women and children. As of 2011, more than fifty percent of students at China Medical University were women. Today, Dr. King’s life serves as a powerful model for those who challenge the status quo, pursue new ideas, and strive for selfless devotion to patients in need.
Leonora King posthumously inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
The WFMS opened a new Isabella Fisher Hospital
A room was named in honour of Leonora King.
During the war with Japan, Leonora King treated hundreds of wounded soldiers.Service Abroad
This care gained the attention and respect of Chinese royalty.
Leonora King established the Government Hospital for Women and ChildrenThe Early Days - Health Care Pioneers
This hospital was opened with the support Lady Li.
The Methodists opened the Isabella Fisher Hospital
King became the manager of the hospital until her marriage to Alexander M. King of the London Missionary Society in 1884.
Leonora King began attending to Lady Li Hung Chang, wife of the ViceroyPatient Care
Impressed by her skills, she asked King to stay and establish a women’s ward at the medical dispensary in Tianjin.
Leonora King travelled to present-day BeijingService Abroad
Her travel and work in China was supported by the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
After being denied entry into medical school in Canada, King was accepted at the University of Michigan.
She graduated with honours in 1876.
She was a dedicated, courageous and professional woman.