Dr. Kar Cheong Lee’s roots in the community – and at his community hospital – run deep.

A resident of Richmond Hill since he was 10 years old, Kar Cheong and his family have lived, worked and received care here for more than two decades.

That connection has inspired Kar Cheong to take a leadership role at Mackenzie Health as Chief of Medicine and as a member of the foundation’s board of directors.

A general internist, he returned to York Region and a position at Mackenzie Health to be close to family and friends.

Always active in the organization, Kar Cheong’s role as past-president of the professional staff association provided him with the opportunity to serve on the Mackenzie Health Foundation Board.

He has continued in this capacity, though he is no longer required to do so. He is most inspired by the tremendous opportunity to continue to improve care and the patient experience.

“I have such strong ties to this community. I was raised here and over the years have received care at Mackenzie Health. This is where my wife and I plan to bring up our own children. I think that’s key to why I applied for the role as chief, as a way to continue working to improve patient care and maintain this deep community connection.

“In terms of leadership, this new role enables me to change and improve things to provide patient-focused care. My colleagues and I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life at a time when they are sick and in need of guidance. It’s a privilege,” he says.