& Dr. Lillian Mok
Dr. George and Dr. Lillian Mok were the first married
couple, who were physicians, to come from China to work in Windsor.
Dr. George Mok is a graduate of Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Medical
College, Lingnan University, Canton, China. Dr. Lillian Mok is
a graduate of Central University, Nanking, China.
In 1949 Dr. Lillian Mok came to Canada and repeated her internship
(required by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for all foreign
graduates) at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. She did her residency
training in pediatrics and after obtaining her pediatrics fellowship
she started her practice in Ottawa. Dr. George Mok came to Canada
in 1951 and also repeated his internship at the Ottawa Civic Hospital.
This was followed by almost three years of training in surgery.
He then obtained his specialty training in cancer treatment and
was certified as a Radiation Oncologist. George and Lillian married
in Toronto in 1957.
They moved from Ottawa to Windsor in 1959 with their one year
old daughter Victoria. Dr. George Mok began his long years of
service in the cancer center at Metropolitan General Hospital
as a Radiation Oncologist while Dr. Lillian Mok opened her private
office to begin her pediatric practice.
Dr. George Mok was appointed as CEO of Windsor Regional Cancer
Centre in 1984. He retired in 1992.
In 1985 Dr. Lillian Mok founded the Teen Health Centre with help
from many professionals and volunteers. During the first four
years she was the Medical Director. Eventually the organization
was recognized by the Provincial Government and has received ongoing
funding since then.
In 1990 Dr. Lillian Mok resigned as Medical Director from the
Teen Health Centre to concentrate her research in children’s
mental health. In 1996 she was founder of the Children’s
Health Care Network which was recognized by the Ontario Government
in 2004 and granted financial support. Dr. Lillian Mok retired
from medical practice in December 2004.
The Mok’s have two children. Dr. Victoria Mok Siu, a pediatrician
and medical geneticist who is an associate professor of pediatrics
and biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario and Dr.
James Mok, who is a psychologist practicing in Vancouver, B.C.
Over the past forty odd years both Drs. Mok have worked tirelessly
for the benefit of the Windsor community. Even today in their
retirement they are still volunteering.