Steve Chan

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Steve Chan
Chan Chi-shean
First Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang
In office
15 June 2016 – 7 January 2017
ChairpersonHung Hsiu-chu
Preceded byWu Den-yih
Minister of Department of Health of the Republic of China
In office
1 September 1997 – 19 May 2000
Preceded byChang Po-ya
Succeeded byLee Ming-liang
Personal details
Born (1948-07-09) 9 July 1948 (age 71)
Yuanlin, Taichung County, Taiwan
Political partyKuomintang
Alma materPhysician

Steve Chan (Chinese: 詹啟賢; pinyin: Zhān Qǐxián; born 9 July 1948) is a Taiwanese physician and politician. He served as health minister from 1997 to 2000, and as vice chairman of the Kuomintang from 2016 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Born in Yuanlin Township, Changhua County in 1948,[1] Chan attended high school alongside Jason Hu and graduated from Chungshan Medical and Dental College in 1972.[2][3]


Chan left Taiwan for the United States to begin his medical career. He was surgical resident at the Hospital of Saint Raphael from 1975 to 1977, when he moved to Mercy Catholic Medical Center, which was affiliated with Jefferson Medical College. In 1980, Chan began working at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, returning to Taiwan in 1989 for a position at Feng Chia Hospital.[3] After one year, Chan joined Chi Mei Medical Center until he was named the minister of the Department of Health in 1997.[4] Though a member of the Kuomintang, Chan took the position as an independent.[1] As health minister, Chan repeatedly addressed the World Health Assembly and asked for Taiwan to be granted observer status.[5] Chan stepped down three years later, and returned to Chi Mei.[3] During Chan's second stint at Chi Mei, President Chen Shui-bian was shot and taken there for treatment.[6][7] In 2007, Chan was named Ma Ying-jeou's campaign manager,[8] taking him out of consideration for election to the Legislative Yuan via party-list proportional representation.[9][10] Ma won the 2008 presidential election, and named Chan an adviser.[11][12]

While a presidential adviser, Chan was also a Kuomintang deputy secretary-general and president of Adimmune Corporation.[13][14] Chan stepped down from his party position in December 2009.[15] Under Chan's leadership since 2008,[16] Adimmune secured a government contract to produce an H1N1 vaccination,[17] was listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange,[18] and expanded vaccination distribution to mainland China.[19]

Chan was appointed a Kuomintang vice chairman in June 2016,[20] and resigned the post in January 2017.[21] Later that month, Chan announced his candidacy for the top party position.[22] He placed fifth in the election held on 20 May.

2017 Kuomintang chairmanship election
No. Candidate Party Votes Percentage
1 Wu Den-yih Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 144,408 52.24% Vote1.svg
2 Hung Hsiu-chu Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 53,063 19.20%
3 Hau Lung-pin Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 44,301 16.03%
4 Han Kuo-yu Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 16,141 5.84%
5 Steve Chan Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 12,332 4.46%
6 Tina Pan Emblem of the Kuomintang.svg Kuomintang 2,437 0.88%
Eligible voters  476,147
Total votes  276,423
Valid votes  272,682
Invalid votes  3,741
Turnout  58.05%


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  2. ^ "Shaw changes hospitals". Taipei Times. 14 December 2006. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Who's Who in the ROC" (PDF). Executive Yuan. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. ^ "New premier, Cabinet ready to continue reform agenda". Taiwan Today. 5 September 1997. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  5. ^ Chan, Chi-shean (24 May 2000). "An island not to be forgotten". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ Su, Joy (21 March 2004). "Chi Mei administration dismisses conspiracy theories". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  7. ^ Su, Joy; Chiu, Yu-tzu (20 March 2004). "Doctors give the gory details on Chen". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  8. ^ Mo, Yan-chih; Shih, Hsiu-chuan (6 July 2007). "Chan Chi-hsien to join Ma's team". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  9. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (8 November 2007). "KMT unveils list of candidates". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  10. ^ Mo, Yan-chih; Wang, Flora; Ko, Shu-ling (9 November 2007). "DPP says KMT traded seats for cash". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  11. ^ Mo, Yan-chih (8 April 2012). "Ma embarks on 12-day trip to Africa". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  12. ^ Chung, Jake (20 December 2014). "Taiwan cool to China's offer of organ donations". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  13. ^ Ko, Shu-ling; Wang, Flora (3 November 2009). "Government to obstruct US ground beef". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  14. ^ Shih, Hsiu-chuan (7 June 2009). "KMT deputy denies Siew knew he had cancer last year". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  15. ^ "King Pu-tsung named KMT secretary-general". Taiwan Today. 10 December 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  16. ^ Hau, Hsueh-ching; Hsu, Elizabeth (29 January 2017). "KMT chairmanship aspirant: person needed in crisis". Central News Agency. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  17. ^ Cole, J. Michael (16 January 2010). "Adimmune vaccine: Saving or risking lives?". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Vaccine maker Adimmune to list on TWSE". Taipei Times. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  19. ^ Kao, Camaron (23 October 2013). "Adimmune to begin flu vaccine trials in China". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  20. ^ Hsu, Stacy (16 June 2016). "Chinese spouses should be afforded equal rights: KMT". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  21. ^ Hsiao, Alison (8 January 2017). "KMT's Steve Chan quits, said over assets contract". Taipei Times. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  22. ^ Hsu, Stacy (24 January 2017). "Steve Chan enters race for KMT chair". Taipei Times. Retrieved 24 January 2017.