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.
Ms Serena H C Yang

Serena H C Yang Professorship in Vascular Surgery

"There can be no greater gift than one given for the betterment of humankind. It is my wish that this endowment will give rise to innovative research that helps to shape the future of vascular surgery which is a technically demanding and vital surgical specialty." 

Ms Serena H C Yang

Stephen W K Cheng

Stephen W K Cheng

Appointed in 2007

For 120 years the Department of Surgery has been inexorably linked to the health of Hong Kong and to the education of the territory's elite band of surgeons. The father of modern China, Dr Sun Yat-Sen, was among its first graduates.

Professor Stephen Wing-Keung Cheng is also an alumnus. Graduating in 1984 he went on to receive his training in General Surgery and Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery and, in 1991, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco. This is where he pursued his specialty interest in Vascular Surgery, and obtained his Master of Surgery on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

He took up his present position as Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Director of the Francis Y H Tien Vascular Disease Centre and the Vascular Laboratories in 1992, and is currently Professor of Surgery.

His main interest is in Vascular Surgery and Endovascular treatment of occlusive and aneurysmal diseases. In establishing a renowned unit, and the first non-invasive Vascular Laboratory, at Queen Mary Hospital, Professor Cheng has played a crucial role in the evolution of Vascular Surgery in Hong Kong.

He has led the development of endovascular intervention of peripheral vascular diseases, and pioneered the development of endovascular aortic stent grafting for aortic aneurysms and dissections in South East Asia.

Professor Cheng's research explores various aspects of peripheral vascular disease, especially epidemiology, atherogenesis, carotid stenosis, and the pathogenetic basis of aortic aneurysms. He has authored over one hundred publications in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters in the specialty.

He is a member of over twenty learned bodies of Vascular Surgery, and holds council or leadership positions in many. He is one of the very few Asian Vascular Surgeons to be elected Distinguished Fellow of the elite American Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), a member of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, and an Executive Board Member and Asian Chapter Secretary of the International Union of Angiology.

He has served as a member of the Council of the Asian Society for Vascular Society and is editor-in-chief of the Asian Journal of Surgery, and has held visiting Professorships at the University of British Columbia and Imperial College, London.