22 March 2023

‘I completely forgot I’m a Christian’: A doctor’s journey of discovery

Dr Li Wan is a Melbourne medical practitioner. Image: Supplied.

On this February episode of Everyday Saints, Dr Li Wan shares his story of coming to faith amid academic and professional achievements in medicine and medical research.

Dr Wan is a former intensive care doctor with a PhD in medical research, focusing on the correlation between sepsis and renal failure. He has also studied at Ridley College, and is a lay minister at St James’ Ivanhoe.

He tells how God compelled him to become a believer through providing not one, but two scholarships for his studies at the University of Melbourne. He says this happened through the prayers of a Mandarin-speaking church which his wife had begun attending.

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When his studies revealed a very significant breakthrough, he tells how he then struggled with a lack of recognition for his work. He says the need for power and status became all-consuming.

“I completely forgot I’m a Christian,” he says.

Now a general practitioner, Dr Wan says his connection to the lives of his patients is a blessing he could never have experienced in a more senior role in intensive care.

“I have connections to people now,” he says. “That really touches me. In the past I [was] just a cold-blooded doctor.”

Everyday Saints is a podcast from The Melbourne Anglican which features the faith stories of those from Melbourne and beyond. To listen to more episodes, see here. To view the show on Spotify, see here.

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