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.
Dr Walton W T Li

Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation Professorship in Surgery

"The vast strides in surgical education, cancer-related research and surgical techniques in Hong Kong are a testament to the Department of Surgery's established tradition of academic and clinical excellence. The Department plays a key role in enabling advanced surgical procedures, and it is fitting that the Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation continues its tradition of supporting the development of medical research in this field."

Dr Walton W T Li
Chairman, Li Shu Fan Medical Foundation

Brian H H Lang

Brian H H Lang

Appointed in 2022

Former Holder(s):

Chan See-Ching

Appointed in 2013

Living donor liver transplantation is a complex surgical operation involving treatment policies and operative techniques evolved over the last 20 years. The Division of Liver Transplantation of the Department of Surgery is at the forefront of pioneering research in this field and is known as a world-leading centre for its academic output and clinical results.

Professor Chan See-Ching is Chief of the Division of Liver Transplantation and a surgeon of the highest standard of skills in liver transplantation. His work has extended the frontier of living donor liver transplantations and improved the safety of donors as well as the outcome of the recipients.

Professor Chan contributed to the first sequential liver transplant for familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy in Hong Kong in 2006, the first living donor interchange liver transplant in Hong Kong in 2009, the liver graft sharing with Taiwan in 2010, and the first simultaneous heart-liver transplant and sequential liver transplant in Hong Kong in 2010.

His current research is on the bioethics of living donor liver transplantation with the aim of maximising the risk benefit ratio of the donor and the recipient. The focus of this work is on modifying the donor operation to tailor it according to the liver anatomy of the donor as well as the graft size requirement of the recipient.

The findings of his work are leading to the saving of more cancer patients and the lowering of risks to donors. A hospital mortality rate of 1.5% and mid-term survival of over 80% are the best in the world. As a training center, the Division of Liver Transplantation has nurtured liver transplant surgeons all over the world as well as locally. Over 350 scientific papers have been published on liver transplantation.

Professor Chan graduated from The University of Hong Kong with a degree of BDS in 1985 and that of MBBS in 1995. He joined the Department of Surgery for surgical training in 1996. Soon after his promotion to Consultant in 2007, he was appointed Clinical Professor of the University in 2011. He is a high achiever strongly committed to excellence with an innovative spirit in research.

Professor Chan has completed two doctoral degrees, and has recently submitted his thesis on bioethics of living donor liver transplantation for the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He has enjoyed collaborative relationships with local and international researchers as principal and co-investigators, and is a Principal Investigator of the University’s State Key Laboratory of Liver Research.

He is a regular contributor of high quality research with 130 articles in first-class journals of high impact factors and ten book chapters. Among his publications, three papers on living donor liver transplantation published in the Annals of Surgery and the American Journal of Transplantation respectively have been widely cited and made a significant impact to the transplant community.

In 2005 he received the State Scientific and Technological Progress First-class Award from the National Office for Science and Technology Awards. On the ISI Essential Science Indictors 2012, he is among the top 1% most cited scholars in Clinical Medicine. He has regular invitations to speak at important meetings, and serves on the editorial boards of prestigious journals including Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International and World Journal of Transplantation and Liver Cancer.