In 2005, the University celebrated the inauguration of the first 8 Endowed Professorships,
a milestone in the University's history.
To date, a total of 119 Endowed Professorships have been established.

Li Shu-Pui Professorship in Surgery

"To provide a fertile ground for the talents of surgery to take root, blossom and bear fruit, and to advance the frontiers of surgery for the good of mankind."

Dr Chan Chor-Man, Dr Gladys Goh Lo, Dr Marion Goh Tsao, Dr Hui Wai-Mo, Dr Lai Kin-Ming, Dr Richard Lo, Dr Tsao Yen-Chow, Dr Tse Tak-Fu, Dr Stephen Wu, Dr Donald Yu, Professor Richard Yu, and Professor Yuen Kwok-Yung, in memory of Dr Li Shu Pui.

Paul K H Tam

Paul K H Tam

Appointed in 2013

The Division of Paediatric Surgery is the oldest and most established Paediatric Surgical Centre in Hong Kong. The Division is now recognised as an international centre of high repute. It acts as a supra-tertiary referral centre for a number of rare complex conditions and procedures including paediatric endosurgery, neonatal surgery, paediatric urology, pediatric oncology and liver transplantation for hospitals outside of a network of hospitals covering Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.

Professor Paul Tam has been Chair of Paediatric Surgery at The University of Hong Kong since 1996.  He is also the Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School in the University.

Professor Tam's area of research is paediatric surgery, which is the art and science of curing children with surgical diseases. In Hong Kong, paediatric surgery is officially recognised as a specialty by the Medical Council and Academy of Medicine. Within this field, his focus is on the most challenging aspect of children's disease, namely, birth defects.

Children are sometimes born with abnormalities during their development resulting in organ malfunction or malformations. Professor Tam specialises in the surgery, genetics and regenerative medicine of birth defects such as Hirschsprung's disease, in which all or part of the large intestine has no nerves and cannot function.  His research is to try to find out the cause and mechanism of this disease, and others, so that better cures, prevention and predictions can be devised.

Professor Tam graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1976, and received his training and worked in the Department of Surgery until 1986. He was Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 1986-90, and Reader and Director of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Oxford in 1990-96. Professor Tam is a dedicated clinician, researcher, teacher and university administrator.  He steers research strategies and development of the University and has served in numerous administrative positions.

His work in paediatric surgery has been widely recognised internationally and last year Professor Tam was acknowledged as one of the top 1% scientists according to ISI's Essential Science Indicators. He has given keynote lectures including the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture and the Suruga Lecture at international conferences.  He is the recipient of numerous awards including the British Association of Pediatric Surgery Prize, and the International Outstanding Leadership Award in Endoscopy from the National Office for Science and Technology, in China.

He also serves on various local and international associations of the medical profession and was a member of the Biology and Medicine Panel of the Research Grants Council in 2000-2005, and Board of Directors of Hong Kong Science & Technology Park. He also serves on the editorial boards of several international journals. Professor Tam is an Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association which is to be conferred at the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Surgical Association this year.

Former Holder(s):

William I Wei

Appointed in 2008
The Division of Head and Neck Surgery is composed of experts specializing in the fields of otorhinolarynology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and general surgery. Their main focus is the management of major head and neck cancer including resection and reconstruction. Over the years the specialists at Queen Mary Hospital have built up a reputation of a territory referral centre, not only for Hong Kong, but also for Asia and globally.

Professor Wei is an Ear Nose and Thoroat specialist whose pioneering operations have helped to establish the ENT Department as an internationally recognized centre for surgery. So much so,
that the work being done is at the forefront of head and neck surgery and surgeons from different parts of the world travel to the hospital to learn about the innovative surgical resection techniques developed by the team.

Professor Wei has devoted his life to reach in this field and part of his current studies is on nasopharyngeal cancer, he is investigating the behaviour of persistent and recurrent tumours, how they grow and how much has to be surgically removed to cure patients. These developments have allowed those who have tried conventional treatments without success to undergo surgical resection to recover, and to subsequently lead normal lives.

Professor Wei, who received his medical degree in 1974 after studying at the Medical Faculty, joined The University of Hong Kong the same year when he became a House Officer at the Department of Surgery. He is now one of the world’s leading ENT surgeons and is chair professor in otorhinolarynology.

He has published hundreds of papers and book chapters on cancer and ENT surgery and is an associate editor of Head and Neck, editorial board member of The American Journal of Otolarynology, European Archives of Otolarynology, Head and Neck Surgery, Austrian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, and the Chinese Journal of Cancer as well as other 4 surgical journals.

In additional he has collaborated on a variety of international programmes and research projects with universities and hospitals in the UK, US, Singapore, Germany, Canada and elsewhere. Professor Wei is regularly invited to give keynote lectures at major Hong Kong and international conferences and meetings. He is a visiting professor at major universities around the world, and in China, he was the honorary professors of 12 leading universities, including the Peking University and Fudan University.

Professor Wei has a wide membership of related societies and associations including executive committee member representing Asia in the International Federation of Oto-Rhino Laryngological Societies (IFOS) and Secretary-General of International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies as well as holding many other similar positions with overseas bodies. He has been the Hong Kong representative to the Asian Federation of Laryngectomees Association since 1987 and served as a member of the Medical Xouncil as well as multiple other community and charitable organizations both here and overseas.

He was the founding president of the Hong Kong College of Otrohinolaryngologists and was the president of Hong Kong Institute of Allegy, and Hong Kong Head and Neck Society. He is currently the president of the Hong Kong Voice Foundation.