About Dr. Samuel Noordhoff

“With my two hands I've attempted to heal others with love, whether it is their heart, spirit, or body that is damaged.”

Dr. Samuel Noordhoff is known in Taiwan by his Chinese name, 羅慧夫 Luo Huei-fu, which means “man of wisdom”. Born in Orange, Iowa in 1927, shortly after graduating with a medical degree from the University of Iowa, Dr. Noordhoff and his family made the long journey of over 20 days across the ocean to Taiwan, to practice medicine and spread God’s love.

Dr. Noordhoff has served as president of both the Mackay Memorial Hospital and the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, playing an instrumental role in establishing a system for development of medicine for all of Taiwan and establishing many milestones along the way:

  •  First polio rehabilitation center
  •  First suicide prevention center
  •  First burn center
  •  First intensive care unit
  •  First craniofacial treatment center

In the winter of 1989, Dr. Noordhoff donated US$100,000 of his hard-earned life savings to establish the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation.
Special Honors

  • 1981, Superintendent Emeritus, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
  • 1983, Outstanding Alumnus Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa, U.S.A
  • 1984, Selected Membership in American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • 1986, Outstanding Alumnus Hope College, Michigan, U.S.A
  • 1989, Established Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation
  • 1994, Jacques W. Maliniac Lecturer during the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, San Diego, California, U.S.A
  • 1996, Outstanding Medical Contribution Award by the Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan
  • 1999, Awarded the “Order of Brilliant Star with Violet Grand Cordon” presidential decoration by the former president Lee Teng-hui, Taiwan
  • 2017, Awarded the "Presidential Culture Awards", Office of the President, Taiwan
  • 2018, Passed away in Michigan, U.S.A
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