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Dr. Mary Xiumei Wu

Dr. Mary Xiumei Wu is the Founder and President of the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She began her medical career as a barefoot doctor serving local villagers in China in 1975. She had always dreamed of becoming a professional medical doctor and, after five years of study at the Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, she graduated in 1982 with top honours and fulfilled that dream. Subsequently, Mary worked at the University and its teaching hospital as a physician and instructor.

Mary came to Canada in 1986, studied English and received her Master of Science degree from the University of Waterloo. She continued to work in medical research in the fields of reproductive physiology, endocrinology and gene therapy, and published many research papers in high profile medical journals.

Mary established the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995 in her pursuit of a lifelong vision: to promote and develop access to high quality Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The school is a reflection of her dedication to the development of TCM through education and professional service. She is a caring and passionate TCM doctor, an enthusiastic and experienced teacher, and a highly regarded advocate and outstanding leader in the field of TCM in Canada.

Mary was appointed by the Minister of Health to two major Health Canada Advisory bodies: the Advisory Panel for Herbal Products and the Expert Advisory Committee of Complementary Medicine. She has been serving as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Natural Health Product Directorate for several years. She is actively involved in the promotion, recognition and regulation of TCM/acupuncture as a medical science and primary health care profession in Canada.

In May 2002, Mary appeared before the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. In her presentation, she recommended the integration of TCM and acupuncture into the mainstream health care system, proclaiming that it would benefit all Canadians and reduce the cost of health care in Canada.

Mary has been actively involved in the regulation and recognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in Ontario for over 10 years. She was appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee on Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care in 2002. She has made multi request and recommendations to the governments including the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council in 2001 and to the MPP Consultation Group on Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005.