She and her sister, Cindy Yuen are both graduates of MIA in 2001. The two were originally from Taiwan and attended elementary school and junior high school in California, USA. In 1999, they came to Canada to attend high school at McDonald International Academy in Toronto. As ambitious and positive young women, Sofia and Cindy were able to exceed their academic requirements every year and were able to complete the three-year course in two years, which even included some pre-college courses, and finally graduated with honors at the age of 16 and 17. They converted our pre-college course credits into freshman year credits at SUNY through our joint program with SUNY New Paltz. Through sheer determination and hard work, they graduated with high honors from the State University of New York at the ages of 19 and 20.
Growing up in a family where both parents were doctors, it was no surprise that Sofia and Cindy chose to major in biology and medicine. In 2007, Sofia received her Master of Science degree from New York Medical College. A few years later, she was awarded an M.D. from St. George’s University. In 2016, Sofia achieved another major achievement – an MBA specializing in Healthcare Management. Immediately, she joined the Division of Advanced Endoscopy in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at New York University. She has since been involved in research, management and postgraduate training in the department. She also served as course coordinator for several courses at NYU, including the annual course of the New York Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (NYSGE), the largest regional endoscopy society in the United States, held annually at NYU, and at NYU every December Live endoscopy sessions held. In 2022, Dr. Yuen was promoted to Assistant Director of Clinical Quality and Effectiveness where she uses her business and clinical skills to guide operational strategies and develop policies and procedures to improve/maintain hospital performance.
In June 2023, Dr. Sofia visited MIA with her parents. With a bright smile on her face, she walked around the campus, trying to find familiar traces of herself. Sofia is like family to us, she went far and wide to chase her big dreams and ultimately came home with something great to show her family. It is always our pride and privilege to witness her academic success and professional development.