Chen Zongyu (John), who was born in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, graduated from Shanghai Medical University (now Fudan University Shanghai Medical College) in 1987. In 1993, Chen received a doctorate in microbiology from the University of Minnesota.
In 2013, Chen served as one of the coordinators for international affairs at the American Gastroenterological Association. He is a shareholder of the well-known private Minnesota Gastroenterology and also serves as a doctor for the organization. Chen played an essential role in the establishment of the bi-lingual online magazine “US-China Healthcare Information Exchange,” and serves as the chief editor.
Chen is actively involved in medical exchanges between the U.S. and China, having delivered many lectures in medical colleges and hospitals in China. He is one of the founding members of the Association of Minnesota Chinese Physicians and served as the second president of the organization. In addition, Chen is a visiting professor at the Medical Colleges of Fudan University and Zhejiang University, a writer for the “Chinese Journal Frontiers of Medical Science and China Health Human Resources,” which is published by China’s Ministry of Health. In addition, he was the associate editor of Fudan University’s textbook “Case Study in Internal Medicine – Bilingual Learning.”