Kongshiek Achong Low (Date of Birth: 28th Jun 1950)
Born on June 28th, 1950 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Achong Low attended Tranquility Boys’ Intermediate School and won a College Exhibition to continue his studies at St. Mary’s College. He then pursued his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Genetics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, graduating with first class honours in 1971. He obtained his Doctor of Medicine, Master of Surgery (MD CM) in 1975. In 1980, he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) with a specialty in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
In 1981, after achieving these qualifications, Dr Achong Low returned to his homeland where he began private practice. In 1985, he performed the first successful delivery of male conjoined twins in the English-speaking Caribbean, and led the team that separated them later that year. In 1994, with a number of his colleagues, Achong Low founded Medcorp Limited. Medcorp Limited quickly became the largest private health service provider in the region, one of only two organisations in Trinidad and Tobago that provides both interventional cardiology with open heart surgery, and radiation treatment for many cancers. In addition, Medcorp Limited has been credited with introducing mammography to the country, and contributed to developing the nation’s first dedicated Intensive Care Unit in 2000, which was later emulated by the Port-of-Spain General Hospital and other hospitals in the country. Today, Medcorp Limited comprises several companies and operates from five locations – St. Clair Medical Centre, Doctors Radiology Center, the Brian Lara Cancer Treatment Centre, Austin Street Clinic and Goodhealth Medical Centre.
In other pursuits, Dr. Achong Low was a successful horse owner and breeder. He bred two Derby winners in 1990 and 1995, Phardance and Vitesse Oblige. He acted in Thunderstorm, a play directed by Raymond Choo Kong. He also sang calypso at the national level as “Dr Soca.”