ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mina Chung 51 years old , born on December 1, 1968 and passed away on February 13, 2020. 

A tribute for Mina is being held on her birthday, on Dec 1, 2020 at 8:30 PM ET.
Posted by Abdualrahman Hamad on February 15, 2020
I met Dr. Chung as a resident - she was so incredibly patient and took the time to explain difficult concepts to me as a young resident just weeks after my start. She was a great mentor and very supportive throughout my residency to me and many other with great lessons and pearls. Truly a remarkable person and will be missed greatly by those who knew her and the medical community.
Posted by Yvonne Clanton on February 15, 2020
Dr Chung was a compassionate caring doctor to my son & our family. We appreciated her knowledge & her confidence. She will be missed greatly as we were depending on her skill to follow our son’s case. Many other families appreciated her kind care also. Our thoughts & prayers are with her family.
The Clanton family
Sam Clanton
Posted by Kara Linico Wirth on February 15, 2020
Dr. Chung gave sight to my son when every other doctor said there was no hope left. Our hearts are broken for her family, coworkers and friends.
Posted by Debi Grayson on February 15, 2020
I was shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Dr. Chung. She was a bright and extremely talented young woman. She leaves a huge void for so many. May God Bless her family and friends at his time of sadness.
Posted by Anushree Sharma on February 15, 2020
A wonderful person, a dedicated mentor, and an inspiring physician. One of my best teachers. Her exemplary work ethic, her compassion for her patients, and her genuine strive to bring out the best in people will always be remembered.  Will miss you, Dr. Chung.  I offer prayers and heartfelt wishes for her family. 
Posted by Lindsay Erin on February 15, 2020
Mina Chung was a beautiful, compassionate, markedly intelligent woman. As a patient of hers for years, she was flawless, thorough, and kind. My Sister is also in Retina. Although I only saw Mina once a year, she always made sure to ask me about her progress through Residency and fellowship. She was such an advocate for women in Retina. My heart truly goes out to her family and loved ones.
Posted by Marijo Hodges on February 15, 2020
Dr. Chung was a humble, skilled and compassionate surgeon. The care and dedication she gave to her patients was inspiring. She will be missed. I wish her family comfort during this very difficult time.
Posted by David DiLoreto on February 15, 2020
I met Mina in July 2000 as my chief resident at LA County/USC Hospital. What a year and what a standard she set for us to strive for. Luckily, I was able to join her at Flaum/U of Rochester and we were partners since 2003. And what a partner. Unselfish, strong, fair, fun, extremely talented. Our relationship developed into one of brother and sister. While there is a hole in my heart I have the solace of knowing that there is so much of Mina living in me and that I will get to share that with others.
Posted by Jay Sridhar on February 15, 2020
Mina Chung was such a generous person who was always super supportive and kind to young fellows and attendings. She will be so so missed in our community. My thoughts are with her husband and family.
Posted by Lejla Vajzovic on February 15, 2020
I met Mina at my first Vail Vitrectomy Meeting as a fellow attendee several years ago. We immediately bonded over our passion for skiing and work with pediatric retina patients. Ever since then, our paths continued to cross routinely - be it at Women in Retina meetings, at subsequent Vail Vitrectomy meetings, on the ski slopes or even in her operating room where she so graciously hosted me. She was the most skilled, compassionate, enthusiastic and dedicated surgeon and physician! I admired her incredible kindness and care for others especially her patients. 
May you rest in piece, my dear friend. Your brilliant spirit will live in our memories forever. My thoughts and prayers for Eddie and her family.
Posted by Phil Pivnick on February 15, 2020
Mina will be missed by everyone. What a loss. One of the highlights of my visits to The Flaum Eye Institute was I always had to walk through Mina’s pod. Although I didn’t do much work in the retina space I got a cheerful hello and a big smile from her on each and every visit. She was so kind and a very talented surgeon and teacher. May her memory be a blessing to all her family and friends.
Posted by Kate Fallano on February 15, 2020
An extremely kind person who always tried to make us better as residents. I still remember pearls that she taught me in my day to day practice. I am so sorry to hear this news and my thoughts are with Mina’s family.
Posted by Ned Berkowitz on February 15, 2020
Mina was a brilliant, compassionate and dedicated surgeon. She was fearless and steady as she navigated the most challenging cases. The world of surgical retina is a relatively small one and her loss will be felt for years by patients and colleagues alike. May her husband, family and friends find some comfort in her enduring legacy. 
Posted by Trudy Russell on February 15, 2020
Mina’s loss is one of the most tragic ones I have known, for which the only solace is that she died doing something she loved doing. Eddie, and Mina’s other family, Steve and I are devastated for you. We called Mina our adopted daughter because she used to stay with us for one week of every month for a few years when she came to Iowa to research in the Stone lab. When she stopped coming we missed her greatly, only a tiny portion of what you are all suffering. May you have comfort and solace is our prayer. She was a irreplaceable in every way.
Posted by Tom Di Palermo on February 15, 2020
Brilliant, intelligent and lovely is how I will remember this wonderfully caring physician, surgeon and friend. So incredibly kind and a sense of humor that was so perfectly matched to her beloved husband, Eddie’s. It makes me smile when I think back on all the wonderful times Nicole and I shared with Mina and Eddie. You were a gift to all who knew you.
Posted by Rachel Wozniak on February 15, 2020
I've admired Mina since the day I met her - her thoughtful, intelligent and compassionate care for patients was unparalleled and inspiring. She also was an important mentor to me and I will always be grateful for her wisdom and advice as a young faculty member.  Her spirit and legacy will forever be a source of inspiration to me, as I know it will for us all.
Posted by Erica Neal on February 15, 2020
I did not know Mina for very long, but I do know she was an amazing surgeon. She had an impact on so many lives. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with her husband and family at this time. Rest In Peace Mina.
Posted by James Aquavella on February 15, 2020
My right Arm and cosurgeon and very good friend she helped to give the gift of sight to babies born blind. God bless you Mina and comfort Eddie
Posted by Gareth Lema on February 15, 2020
Mina taught me to be fearless in the OR, to never take for granted someone else's opinion, and how to maintain balance while being a fierce academic. I can only hope a bit of her legacy lives on in my approach to patient care, teaching, and research.
Posted by Steven Feldon on February 15, 2020
I met Mina when she was a first year resident at Doheny/USC and I was on faculty. I was so fortunate when she agreed to become the first clinical faculty member I recruited to University of Rochester to what is now the Flaum Eye Institute. She immediately assumed the directorship of the residency training program and built the surgical retina service literally from scratch. Over the years I have admired her as the consummate physician and surgeon who had a deep love for her profession and for her patients. All of our lives have been enriched by Mina's enthusiasm, wisdom, and deep sense of caring. On a personal level, she was my friend, my confidante, and my "go to" person. What is amazing is that she shared this deep relationship with so many of us. We will miss youterribly, but your spirit lives on in our memories.
Posted by Alan Franklin on February 15, 2020
A beautiful person who died on a beautiful day


Mina Chung was with Eddie, their friend Johan, and spouse on a daylong guided mountain skiing tour in Italy.
The last mountain was a lot icier than anticipated.
Johan was first to ski and made it down unscathed.
Mina was next, and she slipped and fell at the top of the trail.
The guide immediately jumped and tried to stop her but both fell down and slid down a 2000 foot mountain side.
They both sustained multitrauma injuries. Mina’s injuries were overwhelming, and she was pronounced dead at the scene when the helicopter arrived.
Eddie was trailing behind, and was able to avert going down the dangerous slope.

Mina's dad and Eddie’s brother are coming Monday.
Her body has been released to family, they have had some good help from the officials there.

Final arrangements have not been made, and the site will be updated once that information is available.

The joke earlier in the day was:
It was a beautiful day and ....
"If I had to go, this would be the way"

Eddie described Mina earlier as a “Smiling Beacon”

She was truly a Beacon of Light, and all who had the privilege of knowing her, were enriched.
She meant very much to very many, and her loss has caused a huge void in all of us.
Posted by Medhi Khan on February 15, 2020
It is great sadness that I write this post!
Mina was an amazing human being.
Intelligent, Confident, Humble, Giving, Leader, Mentor. One you can count on and trust no matter what.
Had an incredible way to make very one around her “smile”
An incredible loss to the community, to Ophthalmology, and to all her friends and family.
Our thoughts and prayers for Mina, Eddie, and all her family.
You will never be forgotten!
Posted by Ramakrishna Ratnakaram on February 15, 2020
Such a great loss to her family, patients and the Retina community. She will be missed.
Posted by Belinda Shirkey on February 15, 2020
Mina was a fierce, courageous, kind, sweet dear friend. What a devastating loss! My thoughts and prayers for Eddie and her family.
Posted by Thomas Ciulla on February 15, 2020
What a sad and tragic loss for her family and the entire retina field! She was true leader in IRDs and retina in general, with such a kind and warm personality. 
Posted by Michael ORourke on February 15, 2020
Staggered to hear the sad news - first met Mina when I was at B&L and worked with her on several retina projects. Met her many times over the years since. She was brilliant, such a huge and tragic loss.

Michael O’Rourke
Tampa FL
Posted by Ivan Suner on February 15, 2020
I am saddened and shocked, my dear Mina. Since I first met you at Yale Medical School, you have been a humble and wonderful friend, a bright light, and a generous soul to your patients, colleagues, and trainees. Godspeed.
Posted by Michael Fanning on February 15, 2020
Such a kind, gracious & peaceful soul. Blessed with a magnetic smile and personality you simply felt “better” having shared time with Mina. She never missed the opportunity to ask about family reminiscing about times spent in her company. She had a way of making you feel like most important person in the world at that moment.
To Eddie & Mina’s loves ones, she will be missed by all and most certainly the Fanning Family. 
Safe home dear Mina. 
Posted by Rajeev Ramchandran on February 15, 2020
An inspiring teacher, supportive colleague, and warm-hearted friend, Mina - you will be forever loved and missed. May your soul and spirit continue to mentor all of us and may we always remember and follow your path of doing what is right for our patients and humanity. From your fellowship teaching and late nights in the operating room, to high tea at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong for me and my sister, to the last 11 years as your humble partner in our retina service at the Flaum Eye Institute, I thank you for all that you have done for me, my family, and our community. Peace be with you.
Posted by Anita Agarwal on February 14, 2020
The sadness is immense. Wishing her husband, family, friends and dear ones strength to continue on, holding strong her memory.
Posted by Andy Lauer on February 14, 2020
I am completely gutted to learn about the loss of Mina Chung. My heart goes out to Eddie and to Mina’s family. Mina and I were among the few Retina specialist who were residency program directors back in the day. She was our inaugural Robert C. Watzke Lecturer at Casey Eye Institute and presented amazing work in adaptive optics. The next day we skied fresh powder together at Timberline on Mt. Hood. The snow and the slopes betrayed her fierceness and fearlessness. I saw her happiness, heard her laughter and witnessed her adventuresome spirit. We were great friends ever since. Our world will miss her kindness, her smarts and her smiling face. I can’t believe that your gone. Godspeed, Mina.
Posted by Thomas Albini on February 14, 2020
So shockingly horrible. Mina, was a fantastic mentor to many of us during her two years as chief resident at LA County/USC/Doheny. As a clinician, surgeon, clinical researcher and teacher, she excelled and led by understated, humble example. She has made a big impact on many of her trainees at Doheny and Rochester.
Posted by Judy Kim on February 14, 2020
Words cannot express the sadness and shock I feel...Mina, you were such a kind and gentle soul who was beautiful both inside and outside. You always had that infectious smile on your face and made those around you feel happy and at ease. You will be missed immensely by so many people. You made the world a better place. I miss you...
Posted by Caroline Baumal on February 14, 2020
Mina was an amazing physician, colleague and friend. We spend time together at a surgical forum and I am posting the pics to show her spirit. She will be sadly missed.
Posted by Jennifer Lim on February 14, 2020
Mina was a kind, caring, bright colleague and friend. I was fortunate to have know her when she was a resident. She was highly regarded by all of us at Doheny. She was an accomplished scientist, ophthalmologist and also Juilliard trained musician. She was a valued member of the Women in Retina Board. Those of us fortunate to have known her deeply mourn her loss and will miss her caring and kind spirit. May she rest in peace. 
Posted by Diana Do on February 14, 2020
Mina was a wonderful and compassionate physician and friend. I am still in shock over her untimely passing. She will be missed by everyone she touched. We will pray for her soul. May her spirit live on.
Posted by Raj Maturi on February 14, 2020
One of the most gentle souls who was also a gifted surgeon and pianist. I will miss our dear friend immensely.

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Posted by Jamison Suter on February 22, 2021
Mina, you were one of the kindest people I knew at Yale. Hei-Ock Kim put us in contact, remember? With a smile and a cheery glint in your eyes, you would brighten any dreary or stressful day. Reading your tributes, I see I am not alone in having been blessed by your infectious goodness. Thanks and peace to you!
Posted by Helen Barnett on February 16, 2021
Can't believe it is a year already. Miss my friend - may she RIP
Posted by Anna Calabrese on February 13, 2021
A year has gone by... I think about you all the time... it’s very sad going to the flaum institute and not seeing you there.. instead I look at the beautiful memorial picture of you that they put up... I look at this picture and as I get teary it seems like you are speaking to me...I miss you very much as well as all the people there do... Rip Dr Chung... you are truly an angel...
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A beautiful person who died on a beautiful day

Mina Chung was with Eddie, their friend Johan, and spouse on a daylong guided mountain skiing tour in Italy.

The last mountain was a lot icier than anticipated.

Johan was first to ski and made it down unscathed.

Mina was next, and she slipped and fell at the top of the trail. 

The guide immediately jumped and tried to stop her but both fell down and slid down a 2000 foot mountain side.

They both sustained multitrauma injuries.  Mina’s injuries were overwhelming, and she was pronounced dead at the scene when the helicopter arrived. 

Eddie was trailing behind, and was able to avert going down the dangerous slope.



Mina's dad and Eddie’s brother are arriving on Feb 17. 

Her body has been released to family, they have had some good help from the officials there.



Final arrangements have not been made, and the site will be updated once that information is available.



The joke earlier in the day was:

It was a beautiful day and ....

"If I had to go, this would be the way"



Eddie described Mina earlier as a “Smiling Beacon”



She was truly a Beacon of Light, and all who had the privilege of knowing her, were enriched.

She meant very much to very many, and her loss has caused a huge void in all of us.

Raj and Alan


Recent stories
Shared by Paula Kingsley on June 15, 2020
Dr.Mina Chung, I had moved away and came back to just hear of your passing. I couldnt hold my break down on the phone with the Secretary. Im so sorry my heart is at a huge loss right now. 
 Thank you for being the kind hearted Doctor and person you truly have been.  In 2004 We started our journey together having a wonderful patient amd Doctor relationship .  You saved me. When you sat in with us and gave us the sad news no cure blinding disease i was 29 years old . I was scared. You kept saying your sorry i felt in my heart you wished it could of been different news. You walked us through you helped us understand in words we understood without the long words doctor use (laughing) Oh sweet angel you loved us we felt it. I Loved you too. My heart. I cant stop crying. Im scared to trust another doctor but I know you would want me to continue to get my injections. I wont forget your soft voice your kind words your laugh and my family adored you as well. You had that about you to where people just want to hug you because you truly cared for us .  
 One day I went in and you were concerned I was having a heart attack.  I was. Because of you I am here. You saved me in more ways then one. My inspiration my heart my friend my doctor I will always keep the precious memories alive and hold you close to my heart forever. I will keep my promise .I will continue my treatments .Thank you for everything you have done for me. Im sure missing you it just wont be the same. May you rest in peace and rest easy knowing you made a difference and inspired many and are Loved by many. I Love you and will forever miss you! 
Love Always,
Paula Kingsley

April fools day

Shared by Callais Kudla on April 1, 2020
Today was one of your favorite "holidays."  This time last year you had an extensive plan for an epic april fools day!, carried out with extensive laughs by all!!!  Today, I sat and talked with several of your patients for the first time since your passing, and couldn't help but think of you. As I sat in one of your 'favorite' rooms, myself and another individual who has known you for years were speaking your praises and how we missed you and a few unexplained things occurred in that room.  The individual and myself  both had goosebumps and only thought... that was you! May you be at peace our beloved Mina!

You will be missed

Shared by Kurtis DeRoller on March 2, 2020
My condolences to Dr. Chungs family and friends as a patient i will miss her kindness and honesty as well as her determination to finally diagnose me after years of no one being able to figure out my condition. A great loss for everyone.  I will never feel the same comfort i felt knowing i was in her care. Because i know she really cared. ❤