It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our Honorary Chair, beloved mentor, and part of our family lineage, Professor Zhang Jin, the Representative Inheritor of TCM Acupuncture and Moxibustion on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Intangible Cultural Heritage List of Humanity, the Representative Inheritor of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Acupuncture and Moxibustion Project, the Chief Doctor and Professor at TCM Academy of Heilongjiang Province, the Honorary Dean of Quzhou Yangjizhou Acupuncture Hospital, and the Honorary Dean of Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Canada.  He passed on peacefully in Quzhou in the early morning of April 9, 2021, at the age of 91.

Professor Zhang Jin dedicated his life to traditional  Acupuncture and Moxibustion and made important academic achievements in areas such as the study of the Meridian Transmission, Acupuncture Techniques, and Classical Acupuncture Literature. He compiled and passed on over a million word commentary on “The Annotated Great Compendium Book of Acupuncture and Moxibustion” (Zhen Jiu Da Cheng Jiao Shi) to the world. His acupuncture technique is regarded as the preeminent skill by TCM practitioners and Acupuncturists around the world.  He taught and cultivated more than 400 disciples/students at home and abroad leaving a legacy that will be forever remembered.

As the Honorary Dean of the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Canada, Professor Zhang Jin traveled to Toronto many times to teach advanced acupuncture techniques to his 49 disciples in-person. He also spearheaded the establishment of the "World Acupuncture Federation Toronto International Heritage Base", which has cultivated a large number of talented practitioners of TCM Acupuncture and Moxibustion in North America.

OCTCM’s  school motto is a reflection of this great heritage passed on by Professor Zhang:  “Our mandate is to share the wisdom of tradition and our lineage with you while we explore the possibilities of practice in today’s diverse medical world.” This continues to be our guiding principle and we will honor Master Zhang’s legacy by  passing on this treasure through the generations!

Professor Zhang Jin will stay in the hearts of TCM Practitioners and Acupuncturists around the world forever!

From All the Faculty, Staff and Students of
Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Canada
10th April 2021

联合国教科文组织人类非物质文化遗产代表作名录中医针灸代表性传承人、国家级非物质文化遗产针灸项代表性传承人、黑龙江省中医药科学院首席科学家、衢州市杨继洲针灸医院名誉院长 、加拿大安大略中医学院名誉院长张缙于2021年4月9日凌晨,因病在衢州逝世,享年91岁。




Professor Zhang demonstrating an advance acupuncture technique

Jin Zhang 张缙 Ph.D

Honorary Chair


Professor Jin Zhang was world renowned for his expertise in Acupuncture and Moxibustion, particularly in advanced manipulation techniques. He was currently the Chief Doctor and Professor at TCM Academy of Heilongjiang Province, Professor of Henan University of TCM and Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine.


Professor Zhang had worked for over 60 years on the advancement of TCM worldwide, through countless hours of practice, research and dedication on a number of TCM Associations, including his roles as a Board Member of All-China Zhen-Jiu (Acupuncture & Moxibustion) Association, Chair of The Branch Association of Acupuncture- Moxibustion Manipulation, Chairman of the Northeast China Research Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Committee Member of Chinese International Examination Center of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Panel Member of the Scientific Evaluation Group of Chinese State Natural Fund, and President of the International Association of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Manipulation Techniques. Professor Zhang has published more than 80 papers in both Chinese and international journals, and had been presented with numerous awards for his success in the field of TCM. He earned national prizes in China for two of his works, “Explanation of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Compendium” and “Collection of Acupuncture Classic Literature”.

Professor Zhang is 1 of the 4 Representatives of Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Traditional Chinese Medicine (UNESCO Intangible Culture Heritage)