John Yu

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John Samuel Yu AC (Chinese: 余森美; pinyin: Yú Sēnměi; born: 12 December 1934) is a distinguished paediatrics doctor.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, he attended Fort Street High School and the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. John Yu discovered his passion for paediatric care and after starting work at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in 1961 now called the New Children’s Hospital, he eventually rose to become Head of Medicine in the hospital and later Chief Executive in 1978.

Career and later life[edit]

He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children at the time of its relocation from inner-city Camperdown to Westmead in western Sydney in 1995 (The hospital now uses the name The Children's Hospital at Westmead in addition to its official title), and served as the chancellor of the University of New South Wales from 2000 to 2005.[1]

He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989 and was named Australian of the Year in 1996.[2] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2001.


  1. ^ UNSW Archives Chancellor Exhibition
  2. ^ Lewis, Wendy (2010). Australians of the Year. Pier 9 Press. ISBN 978-1-74196-809-5.