Jamaican-born spinal surgeon and author, Dr Kingsley Chin was last week presented with the Young Caribbean Professional Network’s International Entrepreneur of the Year Award at that organisation’s National Fundraising Event, in Philadelphia, USA.
Chin, upon receiving the award, said he was pleased to be the recipient of such an honour.
“Being granted the International Entrepreneur of the Year award by the YCPN – among such figureheads as Ron McKay, Don Wehby and Caribbean greats – is an honor and a blessing.
“As an avid presence in Jamaica and the Caribbean – I’ve witnessed this country’s beauty and strength since my time as a boy here. I’ve tied my Jamaican roots in every aspect of my successes – at present focusing on the importance of solid healthcare accessibility in the country and leveraging these options as opportunity to increase and foster tourism, the economy and the country as a whole,” he continued, adding “I have such wholehearted hope and a vision for my hometown of Kingston and Jamaica in its entirety – and will continue offering my entrepreneurial support, expertise and exposure in stimulating its betterment and growth”.
Chin attended Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and subsequently went on to become the chief of Spinal Surgery and a Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School.
His celebrated career span over 28 years. He’s is internationally renowned as an expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery and a pioneer in new medical techniques and devices.
What’s more, his extensive career as a published author includes 45 articles in peer reviewed journals, 14 book chapters and 11 review chapters. In addition to being a practicing surgeon and physician, Dr Chin also serves as Managing Partner and CEO of KICVentures (www.kicventures.com), which he founded in 2005. He is the author of the book Prove Yourself available on https://www.amazon.com/Prove-Yourself-Business-Lessons-Success-ebook/dp/B018IZ7L2I.
Ron McKay, the immediate past President of the American Chamber of Commerce for Jamaica and native of Philadelphia, presented Chin with the award in his current role as Chairman of the Advisory
“It was a very special night for me to have the honor of presenting the Award, that I myself was so privileged to receive in 2015, to Dr Chin, who I admire and respect beyond description both as a professional but even more importantly as a true friend,” McKay said, adding “Kingsley and I share a unique bond in that we first met in 2005 at The University of Pennsylvania Hospital where he gave me back my life and then we went onto to discover that we had something majorly in common: our passion for Jamaica and our ongoing commitment to making a difference for Jamaica and its beautiful people.
“We’ve been friends ever since. As I reflect upon one of most successful events; I look forward to seeing the impact of his inspiration on YCPN as a growing organization and with our dedicated volunteers that are driving us as a group towards achieving the important goals of our mission statement,” he said.
Proceeds from the event will assist over 700 students from Jamaica and the Caribbean to participate at the Penn Relays. The Penn Relays is the largest annual track and field event in the United States and attracts over 115,000 people to Philadelphia each year.
Over 50 per cent of attendees are of Jamaican or other Caribbean nationalities. Funds raised from the event will also go towards the YCPN Scholarship Fund.
Blane Stoddart, Founder and President of YCPN shared some of his thoughts about the event and the organization stating “The appeal of the entire evening brought tears to my eyes. We are dedicated to creating access to education and economic opportunities for our young people in the global marketplace. We do this by raising funds to help 700 young people from Jamaica and the Caribbean perform at the Penn Relays. By performing their best, they may win an academic or track scholarship at a University in the United States and thus improve their lives. The second way is that we give cash scholarships to Minority, Afro-Caribbean and Latino students at local universities. Our success lies in the real stories of our scholarship recipients which is overwhelmingly compelling”.
Consul General of Jamaica to the United States Trudy Deans was also in attendance and co-presented the award to Chin along with Ron McKay.
Deans commented on the occasion stating, “It was indeed an honour to have been invited to the 5th Annual International Leaders Award of the Young Professional Caribbean Network and to meet not only Jamaicans in the Philadelphia community but friends of Jamaica and the wider Caribbean community who continue to contribute to YPCN’s mission to create access to education and economic opportunities for students in the Philadelphia area. I was even more honoured to present the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award to our own son of the soil, Dr Kingsley Chin.”
Chin continues to give back to his native country in many different ways. His most important to date was his initiative in bringing world class care and Ivy League expertise to Jamaica with the launch of The Less Exposure Surgery Specialists (LESS) Institute founded by Chin.
The LESS Institute has partnered with Andrews Memorial Hospital to serve patients with the highest standard of spine and orthopedic care on the ground in Kingston. This exemplary model in the Caribbean is the first of LESS Institute’s expansions around the globe.