Yam Shun Tong, 71

OB/GYN Dept. chair, PCC Wellness at West Sub


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Dr. Yam Shun Tong, 71, a longtime resident of Oak Park, died on Sept 25, 2019. Born on Dec. 29, 1948, in Hong Kong, he was a Chicagoan through and through and a securely indoctrinated fanatic of the championship-winning 1985 Bears. He earned a BS degree in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois Chicago, a PhD from Northwestern University in Biochemistry, and a medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was, in fact, a double doctorate. For over 15 years, Dr. Tong was the OB/GYN Department chairman of PCC Wellness at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park. He was a dedicated physician, offering his care to expecting mothers and countless patients with the most compassionate bedside manner, working tirelessly, ending days in the clinic with evening call hours for his obstetric patients. He always put his patients first, whether during a busy clinic day or on his scheduled days off. He had a reputation for rushing into the office to see patients who presented acutely, providing either immediate care or the appropriate referral to meet their needs. Unless he was out of town, he considered himself on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

His legacy lives on in the flourishing and boundless lives of those he touched and the immeasurable heart of the community he called family.

Yam Shun Tong is survived by his wife, Cindy; his children, San and Kevin; and three of his siblings. He was preceded in death four siblings. 

A memorial gathering was held Sept. 29. The family appreciates donations to the Center for Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) https://nurturingchange.org. 

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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Dawn Dee  

Posted: April 17th, 2020 11:50 AM

I just learned of Dr. Tong's passing today and am so very sorry to hear this. He has been my doctor for the past 24 years. He always made me feel comfortable during our visits and he also loved to chat and give advice. My condolences to his family friends and loved ones.. May God bless you all...he will be greatly missed!

Tyler Marie Williams from Oak Park   

Posted: November 3rd, 2019 5:29 PM

You will be missed Dr.Tong. He delivered my daughter 2 years ago and offered the best service I could've asked for from day 1 when I stepped inside of the office. He was also my mom's doctor. We loved him so much.

Dan Moroney from Oak Park  

Posted: October 1st, 2019 5:55 PM

Really sad to hear this! Dr. Tong delivered both of my kids and his enthusiasm and love of his profession were unparalleled. My wife and I will always be grateful to Dr. Tong for guiding us through the birth of our kids and for making those moments extra special. I am sure there are hundreds (Thousands?) of parents that would say the same thing.

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