二零零五年,港大首次慶祝八位明德教授就職,為大學的歷史奠定重要的里程碑。
時至今日,已成立共一百一十九項明德教授席。
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莫慶堯

莫慶堯基金教授席 (胸肺内科)

捐贈明德教授席,可以鼓勵醫學教育、研究和發展。

莫慶堯醫生

葉秀文

葉秀文

2009年就職

內科是醫學院的主要學科,而內科部門的發展與香港大學醫學院的歷史是息息相關。一百二十年以來,香港由一個小漁港發展成為國際城市,呼吸及危重病學系,作為內科部門的主要學系之一,透過它的優秀科研成果,對香港的醫療服務作出重大貢獻。

葉秀文教授作為該系主管,是公認的傑出胸肺科專家。她積極從事臨床治療、醫學教育和專題研究。她的臨床興趣涵蓋多種香港病發率高的呼吸道疾病,包括睡眠窒息症、氣管阻塞性肺病、肺腫瘤等。

葉教授擔任醫學院教育副院長近十年,不僅堅定不移地帶領課程發展,還熱心關注學生事務。並於二零零四年發起設立「醫學及衞生教育研究所」,以促進醫學院教學的發展。

葉教授開創了香港對睡眠呼吸紊亂的研究和臨床服務發展。僅十五年前,香港的醫療界及大眾市民對睡眠窒息症認識不多,人們認為這種病症在華人或亞洲人當中並不普遍。她以社區為基礎作研究,結果首次顯示睡眠窒息症在香港成年華人當中相當普遍。各界對這範疇的興趣迅速提升,臨床服務日趨普遍。研究結果亦喚醒人們關注其他亞洲人口罹患此症的情況。自此以後,她的研究團隊從事了臨床、轉化和基礎研究,特別專注於睡眠呼吸紊亂對心血管及代謝症的影響。她的研究工作獲國際重視,在知名的期刊發表,並常獲邀到世界各地的會議發表演說。

葉教授亦曾帶領香港多個科研單位,調查兒童及成人的肺功能,由此制定了香港華人的標準參考數據,現今在診療上被廣泛應用。

葉教授作為呼吸內科和睡眠內科學術權威的地位,獲得同行確認,這從她以往獲選或委任為多個組織的主席可見一斑。她曾任香港胸肺學會、香港胸肺基金會、香港睡眠醫學會、香港醫學專科學院呼吸系統科專家委員會等的主席,及美國胸肺學院的港澳分會理事和國際董事。她亦曾應邀加入多個國際呼吸內科學會的專科委員會,現為亞太胸肺醫學會的當選會長。

前任明德教授

林華杰

2007年就職
Over the last 120 years the Department of Medicine has played a crucial role in the health of
Hong Kong’s population through education, clinical treatment and cutting-edge research. Today the Department comprises fourteen divisions. Amongst them are the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Professor Lam Wah-kit is Division Chief and Chair of Respiratory medicine. A graduate of the University he is, today, recognised as an international authority on lung cancer which remains the commonest cause of cancer deaths in men and women in Hong Kong. Professor Lam is perhaps best known for identifying the high incidence of adenocarcinoma of the lung, in non-smoking
Chinese women, as a special clinical problem. Adenocarcinoma is a form of carcinoma that originates in glandular tissue.

When Professor Lam reported this problem in the 1980s it drew the attention of the international chest community. He went on to establish a multidisciplinary study group, with experts from the Departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Surgery and Radiology at this University and with the Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit and TB and Chest Units at Grantham Hospital. Together, the team identified the fact that the death rate of female lung cancer patients in Hong Kong is amongst the highest in the world, and that around sixty per cent of patients are non-smokers.

To solve the mystery of such a high incidence of lung cancer in the Hong Kong female population Professor Lam, and his team, studies the effects of passive smoking, incense burning and kerosene stove burning. They also pioneered studies on the effects of tuberculosis scarring and HLA antigens.

Professor Lam’s current research is exploring the role played by protective genes and looking
at whether the loss of that gene confers a higher susceptibility to lung cancer. He is also researching the possibility of targeting gene mutations that are especially common in Chinese with the new group of so-called molecular targeted therapy.

Professor Lam is well recognized locally and internationally. He helped found the Hong Kong
Thoracic Society and was the founding Chairman of the Hong Kong Lung Foundation. He was President of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (2002-04), and received the Manuel Albertal Award from the American College of Chest Physicians in 2002 in recognition of his contributions to respiratory medicine. He is currently Vice President of the Hong Kong College of Physicians, and International Advisor for the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.