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Professor Cheung, Kenneth Man Chee 張文智

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Head, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Clinical Professor
Head, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Jessie Ho Professorship in Spine Surgery

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Professor Cheung, Kenneth Man Chee 張文智

Title:
Head, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Clinical Professor
Head, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Jessie Ho Professorship in Spine Surgery

Also Cited As:
Cheung, Man Chee, Kenneth
Cheung, M. C., Kenneth
Cheung, KM
Cheung, K

Biography

Kenneth M.C. Cheung is the Jessie Ho Professor in Spine Surgery and the Head of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong, and the President of The Hong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In 1987, he obtained his undergraduate medical degree at the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, The University of London, UK. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1991, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 1995. After returning to Hong Kong from the UK in 1992, he pursued both a clinical career in Spinal Surgery, as well as a research career culminating in the award of an MD from The University of Hong Kong in 2007.

His research interests are in the genetics of intervertebral disc degeneration and scoliosis, stem cell regeneration of the disc, and the development of novel surgical technologies for the treatment of spinal deformities. He has been invited as visiting professor and speaker on multiple occasions to international meetings.  He has published 11 book chapters and 240 publications  in top scientific and spine journals, including Lancet, American Journal of Human Genetics, Arthritis and Rheumatism, Biomaterials, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Spine

Professor Cheung holds 15 patents and has 15 personal and 26 team awards for research excellence. Notable in 2008, he received the Henry Farfan Award from the North American Spine Society for his outstanding contributions in spine related basic science research; in 2010, he received the prestigious ISSLS prize from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine; and in 2012 received a prestigious endowed professorship in Spine Surgery from the University of Hong Kong. He has secured multiple research grants from local, regional and international granting bodies totaling over US$5 million.

Professor Cheung is the Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Scoliosis Research Society, as well as being the Chair of their Research Council. He is the past Chairman of the AOSpine Research Commission, coordinating research on a global level for AOSpine, and is the Organizing Chairman of the World Forum for Spine Research in Kyoto (2008),  Montreal (2010), Helsinki (2012), and Xian (2014).

 
Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
Lui, SC
Chu, PK
2008-10-23Young Engineers Merit Award in the Best Young Engineers' Paper Competition and Best Oral Paper Presentation Award - "Bioactivity enhancement of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) by plasma immersion ion implantation": BME 2008 Conference, Hong Kong, October 23-25, 2008
Research Achievement
LI, Y
Campbell, D
Karppinen, J
2014-05-15Best Short Talk Award: World Forum for Spine Research - Intervertebral Disc - from Degeneration to Therapeutic Motion Preservation, Xian, PR China, May 15-17, 2014
Research Achievement
Lam, RWM
2007-05-18Bone composition and crystal structure after strontium treatment for osteoporosis goat model: Young Investigator Award, The Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, May 18-20, 2007
Research Achievement
Kuong, E
2010-11-01Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association AOSpine Best Paper Award - A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to conventional titanium rod for scoliosis curve correction: 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
2010-11-01Champion in the Best Young Engineers Competition: HKIE BME2010 - Biomedical Engineering Conference, Hong Kong Title of the paper: Development of a new biodegradable polycaprolactone- magnesium porous hybrid for tissue engineering: mechanical, biological and chemical studies
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
2002-11-01Sr-HA bioactive bone cement: from lab to clinical trial: Orthopaedic Basic Science Award at the 22nd Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association 2002
Research Achievement
2009-11-01Pedicle screw fixation strategies of the thoracic curve in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). Most Promising Spine Paper Award: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Maatta, JM
Karppinen, JI
2014-05-01Best Poster Award - The association of Modic changes and MRI phenotypes of the lumbar spine: a population-based study.: World Forum for Spine Research: Intervertebral Disc - from Degeneration to Therapeutic Motion Preservation, Xi'An, China
Research Achievement
Hung, SC
Li, LC
2008-01-01Age-related degeneration of lumbar intervertebral disc in rabbit reveal by deuterium oxide-assisted MRI: Best Poster Award, World Forum for Spine Research - the intervertebral disc, first Japanese meeting, Kyoto, Japan, January 23-26, 2008
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
Bendix, T
Ikegawa, S
Rajasekaran, S
Urban, J
Williams, F
2013-05-01MacNab/LaRocca Award - Genetic epidemiology of disc degeneration/low back pain: international consortium: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)
Research Achievement
Tsui, YK
Masuda, K
2007-12-01Best Poster Award "High throughput screening of chemical compounds for the treatment of osteoarthritis": 12th Ressearch Postgraduate Symposium, The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
2009-11-01Best Clinical Paper Award for Associate Member. Is there a relationship between intervertebral disc degeneration based on MRI and low back pain?: 29th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 28-29, 2009
Research Achievement
Mok, PS
Karppinen, J
2010-04-01ISSLS Prize for Lumbar Spine Research. Prevalence, determinants and association of Schmorl’s Nodes of the lumbar spine with disc degeneration: A population-based study of 2499 individuals.: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Annual Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand, April 13-17, 2010
Research Achievement
LV, F
Zhou, GQ
2011-11-01Abstract Award "The Effect of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Stimulating Intervertebral Disc Cells: A Comparative Study Towards Disc Regeneration": Days of Molecular Medicine, AAAS, Nov 10-12, Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Guo, CATHY
2005-10-01Comparison of the effect of non-selective NSAID and Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) Selective NSAID on bone formation - Implications for Spinal Fusion: Moe basic science poster award Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, Miami, USA, Oct 2005
Research Achievement
Saw, LB
Grozman, S
2014-02-012013 Outstanding Paper Runner-Up: The Spine Journal
Research Achievement
Chung, JCY
Leong, JCY
2003-11-01Second-Prize Award - "A new super-elastic spinal implant for gradual scoliosis correction": The 8th National Challenge Cup Competition organized by Ministry of Science and Technology & Ministry of Education, 2003
Research Achievement
Chu, P
2010-11-03Top Prize in the Best Young Engineers' Paper Competition - "Development of a new biodegradable polycaprolactone-magnesium porous hybrid for tissue engineering mechanical, biological and chemical studies": BME 2010 Conference, Hong Kong, November 3-5, 2010
Research Achievement
Lu, D
Leong, JCY
2001-11-10A minimal invasive approach for anterior release in scoliosis correction using chemonucleolysis - spinal flexibility increase after chymopapain injection is dosage-dependent: The Best Paper Award for Associate, 21st Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, 10-11 November 2001
Research Achievement
Lam, RWM
Wong, CT
2007-05-01Bone Composition and Crystal Structure after Strontium Treatment for Osteoporosis Goat Model.: Young Investigator Award, 8th Regional Osteoporosis Conference, The Osteoporosis Society of Hong Kong.
Research Achievement
Leung, CY
CHIK, TK
2011-08-01The HKIE Best Transactions Paper Prize 2013 - Development of a shear test system for measuring the interfacial strength of osteochondral grafts from rabbits of different skeletal maturity.: HKIE Transactions (2012) 19(3): 39-45., HKIE transactions
Research Achievement
Ho, DWH
Karppinen, J
Yip, SP
Ott, J
Leong, JCY
2007-06-10Linkage analysis on familial early-onset degenerative disc disease: Best Poster Award, 34th Annual Meeting of International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, June 10-14, 2007
Research Achievement
2005-10-01Young Scientist Award - "Development of a Novel Spinal Implant for Progressive Scoliosis Correction": The Hong Kong Institute of Science, HK, Oct 2005
Research Achievement
2014-12-012014 Prize for Best Original Research by Trainees (Gold Medal): Genetic Predisposition of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Chinese: A Genome-wide Association Study: Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Research Achievement
Tam, V
2011-03-01AOSpine East Asia Research Grant Award: AOSpine East Asia Council
Research Achievement
Kuong, EE
2010-11-27A.R. Hodgson Award - "A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to convenetional titianium rod for scoliosis curve correction": 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 27-28, 2010
Research Achievement
Guo, X
2004-11-01The effects of cyclooxygenase - 2 selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in fracture repair: Best Basic Science Paper Award for Associate Member at the 24th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, November 13-14, 2004
Research Achievement
Chen, Y
Xu, R
Lin, MC
Leong, JCY
2003-11-01Delivery of bone morphogenetic proteins 2 and 4 by use of adeno-associated viral gene therapy: Best Basic Science Paper Award, 23rd Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, 8-9 November 2003
Research Achievement
Karppinen, JI
2012-06-01Baseline MRI characteristics in asymptomatic subjects as predictors for future first-time LBP episode: World Forum for Spine Research: the Intervertebral Disc—from Degeneration to Pain. Helsinki, Finland
Research Achievement
Cheung, WY
Wong, YW
Behrooz, A
2013-05-01Research Output Prize (Group Award) - Magnetically controlled growing rods for severe spinal curvature in young children: a prospective case series: Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2009-11-01Is there a relationship between intervertebral disc degeneration based on MRI and low back pain? Best Clinical Paper Award: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Tam, V
Rogers, I
2012-06-01Best Short Talk Presentation Award: Can stem cells home to the injured intervertebral disc via intravenous infusion? A murine model: World Forum for Spine Research
Research Achievement
Cheung, JC
Wong, YW
Cheung, WY
Akbarnia, BA
2011-11-01Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Arthur Yau Best Paper Award. Use of a remotely distractible, magnetic controlled growing rod (MCGR) for the treatment of scoliosis in young children. Presented at: 31th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Mok, PS
Karppinen, J
Cauilan, GE
2008-11-29Schmorl's nodes of the lumbar spine: prevalence, classification, associated risk factors and clinical relevance: AOSpine Best Paper Award. 28th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 29-30, 2008
Research Achievement
Aladin Kaderbatcha, DM
2007-11-17Association of Trp2 allele with changes in morphology and nano mechanics of the human intervertebral disc collagens: Best Basic Science Paper Award for Associate Member, 27th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 17-18, 2007
Research Achievement
Mok, PS
Karppinen, J
Cauilan, GE
2008-11-29Schmorl's Nodes of the lumbar spine: prevalence, classification, associated risk factors and clinical relevance: Arthur Yau Award. 28th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 29-30, 2008
Research Achievement
Kwan, K
Natarajan, D
Cheung, WY
Li, J
Wong, YW
Lenke, LG
2009-11-01Spine Chapter's Most Promising Spine Paper Award. Pedicle screw fixation strategies of the thoracic curve in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.: 29th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 28-29, 2009
Research Achievement
Qiu, Y
Kao, YPP
Ng, FY
2011-11-01Interleukin-1 Beta (il-1b) And Osteoprotegerin (opg) Gene Polymorphisms Are Associated With Knee Osteoarthritis In Chinese: Orthopaedic Basic Science Award, 31st Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress 2011
Research Achievement
2005-01-01Repair of articular cartilage defects by bone marrow derived mesenchymal cells combined with hydroxyapatites-glycolic acid composite.: Third-Class Prize in Natural Sciences, Municipality of Suzhou
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
2013-10-01Best Paper - Prediction of future first-time low back pain based on baseline MRI findings: North American Spine Society
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
Zhang, JG
2000-11-01Ten year follow-up of lower thoracic hemivertebrae treated by convex fusion and concave distraction: Arthur Hodgson best clinical paper award. Annual meeting of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association. Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2012-12-01Arthur Yau Award - Developmental Spinal Stenosis in the Chinese Population: Presence in Patients and Redefining Critical Values on Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Arthur Yau Award): 32nd Annual Congress of The Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Yuan, M
Yeung, CW
Li, YY
Diao, H
2013-10-01SYIS-AP Best Oral Presentation Merit: TERMIS-AP Shanghai & Wuzhen, China. October 23-26, 2013
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
2012-12-01Best Clinical Paper Award for Associate Member - Baseline magnetic resonance imaging characteristics in asymptomatic subjects as predictors for future first time low back pain episode.: 32nd Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, December 1-2, 2012
Research Achievement
Karppinen, J
Mok, PS
2008-11-29Juvenile disc degeneration of the lumbar spine: epidemiology, risk factors and clinical relevance: Best Poster Award. Global Spine Congress, San Francisco, USA, June 23-26, 2009
Research Achievement
2008-09-01Outstanding contributions in spine related basic science research: Henry Farfan Award (North American Spine Society) 2008
Research Achievement
2008-10-01In recognition of dedication to the field of spine care and research: Honorary Life Member, North American Spine Society since October 2008
Research Achievement
2013-09-16Russell A Hibbs Award for the best clinical research presentation. Entitled Propective, Multicenter Assessment of Acute Neurologic Complications Following Complex Audit Spinal Deformity Surgery: The 48th SRS annual meeting 2013, Lyon, France
Research Achievement
Wong, CT
2004-09-01Bone formation and mechanism leading to osseointegration of strontium-containing hydroxyapatite bone cement: Champion (1st Prize) of Best Student Papers Competition at the BME Conference 2004, September 23-25, 2004
Research Achievement
Karppinen, JI
Ala-Korpela, M
Soininen, P
Kangas, AJ
2013-11-01Best Paper Basic Science Award - Identification of novel serum "metabolomic" biomarkers related to the development of lumbar disc degeneration: 33rd Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Annual Congress. Hong Kong.
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2013-10-01Hong Kong Ambassador to 2013 New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Annual Scientific Meeting: Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association/New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
2003-09-01A novel Sr-HA bioactive bone cement for vertebroplasty: Moe Basic Science Award at 38th Annual Meeting of Scoliosis Research Society, Quebec City, Canada, Sep 2003.
Research Achievement
Kao, PYP
Shigematsu, HIDEKI
2013-11-01AR Hodgson Award - Prediction of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis in Chinese: Findings from a Genome-wide Association Study: 33rd Annual Congress of The Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Kuong, EE
2010-11-27AOSpine Best Paper Award - "A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to convenetional titianium rod for scoliosis curve correction": 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 27-28, 2010
Research Achievement
SUN, Y
TSUI, YK
Masuda, K
2013-04-08First prize for poster section: Screen of Small Molecule Compounds for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration by Chemical Genetics.: East meets West Symposium, Shenzhen, China, April 8-9, 2013
Research Achievement
SUN, Y
Tsui, YK
Masuda, K
Kao, P
2013-04-01Best Poster Award " Screen of Small Molecule Compounds for Intervertebral Disc Degeneration by Chemical Genetics": East meets West Symposium, Shenzhen, China, April 8-9, 2013
Research Achievement
LV, F
2011-11-01Young Investigator Award: The 2011 Meeting of the Days of Molecular Medicine (DMM)
Research Achievement
Aladin, KDM
2006-09-01" Nano Biomechanics Of Type Ii Collagens In Human Intervertebral Discs": Best Paper Award; Conference on Biomedical Engineering, BME 2006. Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Leong, JCY
2003-09-01Novel bioactive bone cement for spinal surgery: Best Oral Presentation Award at 2nd SICOT/SIROT International Annual Conference, Cairo, Egypt, September 2003.
Research Achievement
Vidyadhara, S
2008-11-29Supine radiograph predicts flexibility of AIS to bracing: Most promising spine scientific paper award. 28th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, November 29-30, 2008
Research Achievement
Jim, JJT
Nonopone, NH
Ala-Kokko, L
Karppinen, J
Song, YQ
Yip, SP
Leong, JCY
2003-05-13Association of lumbar disc degeneration with type IX collagen polymorphisms in Chinese: Best Paper Award: 30th Annual Meeting of ISSLS, Vancouver, Canada, May 13-17, 2003
Research Achievement
Lv, F
SUN, Y
ZHOU, L
Lu, M
Zheng, Z
2014-05-01Best Participation Award: World Forum for Spine Research, Xian, China, May 2014
Research Achievement
Kuong, E
2010-11-01Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association AR Hodgson Award - A randomized controlled trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a novel superelastic rod in comparison to conventional titanium rod for scoliosis curve correction: 30th Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
Research Achievement
Lu, D
Leong, JCY
2001-08-30The possibility of using chemonucleolysis in the treatment of scoliosis - an in vivo rabbit experimental study: The Best Poster Award, Annual International Conference of the SICOT, Paris, France, 30 August -1 September 2001
Research Achievement
Chung, CY
Hanni, M
Leong, JCY
2003-11-01Best Paper Award for an Associate Fellow - "Invention of a new spinal implant for gradual scoliosis correction": 23rd Annual Congress of the Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association, Hong Kong, 8-9 November 2003
Research Achievement
Wang, T
Carl, A
Hu, YG
Leong, JCY
2005-09-01The effect of pinealectomy on scoliosis development in young non-human primates: SICOT 3rd Prize at the SICOT/SIROT 2005 XXIII World Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, September 2-9, 2005
Research Achievement
Ho, DWH
2007-06-01Linkage analysis on familial early-onset degenerative disc disease.: Best Poster Award. 34th Annual Meeting of International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, Hong Kong.
Research Achievement
2004-05-01Scoliosis Research Society Traveling Fellowship: Scoliosis Research Society
Research Achievement
2010-04-01Prevalence, determinants, and association of Schmorl's nodes of the lumbar spine with disc degeneration: a population-based study of 2,449 individuals. Best Clinical Study Prize: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2013-04-01Best Poster Award - Developmental Spinal Stenosis in the Chinese Population: Presence in Patients and Redefining Critical Values on MRI: 42nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research (Okinawa, Japan)
Research Achievement
2005-07-04The effect of severity of degeneration on mesenchymal stem cells' ability to regenerate the intervetebral disc: a rabbit model: Hansjoerg Wyss Foundation Oral Presentation Award European Cells and Materials VI / SRN I Spinal Motion Segment: From Basic Science to Clinical Application, July 4-7 2005
Research Achievement
Hung, SC
Chan Li, LC
2008-01-01Best Poster Award "Age-related degeneration of lumbar intervertebral discs in rabbits revealed by Deuterium Oxide-assisted MRI": World Forum for Spine Research - the intervertebral disc, first Japanese meeting, Kyoto, Japan, January 23-26, 2008
Research Achievement
Shigematsu, H
2013-12-01Verifying and Defining Developmental Spinal Stenosis: An MRI-based Study (Gold Medal Winner): 2013 Prize for Best Original Research by Trainees, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
Research Achievement
Hui, TY
2008-01-23Best Oral Presentation Award: Collagen-mesenchymal stem cell microspheres for regenerative medicine.: World Forum for Spine Research - the intervertebral disc, first Japanese meeting, Kyoto, Japan, January 23-26, 2008
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
1999 -Active member and committee member of Research Grant and 3D Classification CommitteesScoliosis Research Society
2005 -Research MentorScoliosis Research Society
2009-2010Board of DirectorsScoliosis Research Society
2010-Active memberInternational Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine
1991 -FellowRoyal College of Surgeons of England
2007-2008ChairmanScoliosis Research Society Research Grant Committee
2005 -Co-Chariman of Exert Group on Spinal DeformitiesAOTK (International medical device development group)
2006-2007ChairmanScoliosis Research Society Awards and Scholarship Committee
1996 -FellowAsia Pacific Orthopaedic Association (Spine Section)
2004 -2006Council memberChinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society
2003 -MemberCentre of Development and Birth Defects (HKU)
2005-2007Honorary TreasurerHong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons
1995 -FellowHong Kong College of Orthopaedic Surgeons
2009-Active memberOrthopaedic Research Society
2004 -MemberHong Kong Society for Developmental Biology
1994 -FellowAsia Pacific Orthopaedic Association
1995 -FellowHong Kong Academy of Medicine
2008-2010Organizing Committee ChairWorld Forum for Spine Research
1992 -MemberSICOT
2006-2009ChairmanAOSpine Research Commission
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