After spending more than 40 years as a physician in Mooresville, Dr. Chong Lieu, of Trinity Healthcare, has decided to retire to spend more time with his family.
Lieu, who attended medical school in South Korea, started his career in Mooresville in 1977. He came to the area to join his brother, who was a general surgeon.
“Both of my brothers were doctors at the time, and we talked about going into practice together, but that didn’t end up working out,” he said. “I started out at the old hospital in Mooresville, and I’ve been with Trinity for 20 years. I’ve been really happy, working with the other doctors here.”
He said that when he started as a physician, “Mooresville was a small town.”
“There’s been a lot of change, and the practice has grown,” he said. “We’re still a really close-knit practice and I love caring for my patients.”
Lieu said he has treated multiple generations of families.
“I started with the parents, and now I’m starting to treat their grandchildren,” he said with a smile. “Since announcing my retirement, lots of my patients have been dropping in to say goodbye. I want to thank them for trusting me with their healthcare for so many years.”
Lieu will be retiring at the end of October, and Trinity is inviting patients and community members to stop by the West Wilson Avenue location to “sign a golf ball, share a memory with photos and cards, and wish Dr. Lieu a happy retirement.”
After his official retirement, Lieu said he will be “spending more time with my family.”
“I have two kids and now my fifth grandchild, so I’m ready to spend time being a granddad,” he said. “I’ll miss my work, but it’s time to be with my family.”