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Professor Leung, Gabriel Matthew 梁卓偉

Clinical Professor
Director, School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Chair of Public Health Medicine
Dean (LKS Faculty of Medicine)

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Professor Leung, Gabriel Matthew 梁卓偉

Clinical Professor
Director, School of Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Chair of Public Health Medicine
Dean (LKS Faculty of Medicine)

Also Cited As:
Leung, Gabriel M
Leung, G

Professional Qualifications
YearAwarding InstitutionQualification
University of Western OntarioMD
Harvard UniversityMPH
The University of Hong KongMD
The College of Family Physicians of CanadaFCFP
The Faculty of Public HealthFFPH
The Royal College of Physicians of EdinburghFRCP
Hong Kong Academy of MedicineFHKCCM
The Hong Kong Academy of MedicineFHKAM (Community Medicine)

Gabriel Leung became the fortieth Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine in August 2013. Leung, a clinician and a respected public health authority, concurrently holds the Chair of Public Health Medicine. Previously he was Professor and Head of Community Medicine and served as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive's Office in government.

Leung specialises in the field of public health medicine, a statutorily accredited specialty that covers the full range of public health sciences and their constituent disciplines.

Within the broad scope of public health medicine, his major interests revolve around topics that 1) have major population health impact locally, 2) where Hong Kong is a reliable and unique epidemiologic sentinel for mainland China, or 3) where Hong Kong is particularly endowed and best placed to address the fundamental science at hand. As such his research crosses the traditional boundaries of individual disciplines or fields of enquiry.

Specifically, for over a decade, his team has leveraged on several ongoing large-scale cohort studies, namely the "Children of 1997" birth cohort, Elderly Health Services cohort, Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study and FAMILY cohort, to test a series of novel hypotheses based on a socio-historical perspective of life course epidemiologic theory. These investigations have proposed novel insights about the fundamental biologic pathways leading to common non-communicable diseases, namely cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes, with global health relevance.

Leung established and directed the University’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group since the time of the 2003 SARS epidemic and led Hong Kong government’s efforts against pandemic H1N1 in 2009. He continues to co-head the School’s WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. Current priorities focus on field studies and modelling of influenza (supported by US NIH), hand-foot-and-mouth disease (in collaboration with China CDC), human papilloma virus and other infections of public health significance. His team of investigators is now recognised as one of the leading epidemiologic laboratories in the field of influenza research.

A third and final component of his research programme is health systems and policy research, where his team has been responsible for national health accounting for the Hong Kong government and as consultant to governments throughout the region. It has also been a major contributor to the EQUITAP and Global Network for Health Equity projects (sponsored by EU FP7 and IDRC), assessing the equity performance of health systems across more than a dozen countries in the Asia Pacific and globally respectively. Leung has also pioneered the development of cost-effectiveness, health systems, financing and policy research in Hong Kong and around the Asia Pacific region. From 2010 until 2014, he served as inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, a multipartite partnership of governments, development agencies and the research community. Most recently his team has been commissioned by government to develop and evaluate screening strategies for breast and colorectal cancer prevention, as well as to undertake projections to inform human resources for health planning.

Leung maintains a substantial teaching commitment in the undergraduate medical and postgraduate public health curricula. His teaching has been recognised by the award of the University Teaching Fellowship and the Faculty Teaching Medal, respectively the highest honour for teaching achievements conferred by the University and the medical school. He has mentored 15 PhD and 4 MPhil research postgraduates to date.

He is an honorary consultant in family medicine and primary care of Queen Mary Hospital/Hong Kong West Cluster and attends a weekly clinic.

Extramurally Leung regularly advises various national and international agencies including the World Health OrganisationWorld BankAsian Development Bank and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He was Vice President and Censor in Public Health Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine, and currently serves on the Council of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is an adjunct professor of the University of Pennsylvania and adjunct professorial researcher of the China National Health Development Research Center. He was Editor of the Journal of Public Health (OUP) during 2007-14 and previously served on the editorial board of Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (Wiley). He is a current editorial board member of Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (BMJ Publishing Group), BMC Public Health and BMC Health Services Research (BiomedCentral).

Honours, Awards & Prizes
AwardeesAward DateHonours / Awards / PrizesCategory
2005-11-01University Teaching Fellowship: University of Hong Kong
Teaching Accomplishment
2003-12-01Sir Patrick Manson Gold Medal: University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2002-09-01Information Technology in Education Second Place Award: University of Hong Kong
2007-09-29Excellent Research Award: Food and Health Bureau, Government of the HKSAR, Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government, Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Jiang, CQ
Cheng, KK
Zhang, W
Lao, X
Liu, B
Zhu, T
Rao, RL
Cao, M
2010-01-29Guangzhou Biobank Project: Establishment and studies on environmental factors and major chronic diseases: First-class award at Guangzhou Scientific and Technology Progress Award, Guangzhou People's Government, Guangzhou
Research Achievement
2012-07-01Gold Bauhinia Star (G.B.S.): Government of HKSAR
2002-12-01Faculty Teaching Medal: University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Medicine
Teaching Accomplishment
2007-10-06Young Alumni Award of Merit for the year 2007: University of Western Ontario, University of Western Ontario, Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2014-11-01Faculty Outstanding Research Output Award: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
2014-07-01FPH Service Award: Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom
Wang, J
Shen, Y
Zhou, B
Duan, L
Cheung, CL
Lycett, S
Chen, X
Li, L
Hong, W
Zhou, L
Liu, Y
Farooqui, A
Kelvin, D
Smith, DK
Pybus, O
Shu, Y
Webster, R
Webby, R
Rambaut, A
2014-12-01Research Output Prize: The University of Hong Kong
Research Achievement
Professional Societies
Term PeriodPositionProfessional Societies
2002-presentMemberSociety for Medical Decision Making
1998-presentMemberOntario Medical Association (#0655167)
1998-presentMemberCanadian Medical Association (#073110)
1998-presentMemberOntario Health Insurance Plan (Billing No. 012399)
2002-presentMemberAsia-Pacific National Health Accounts Network
1998-presentMemberCanadian Medical Protective Association (No. 992878)
2000-presentMemberHong Kong Medical Association (No. 11092)
2002-presenetMemberInternational Health Economics Association
2002-presentMemberInternational Epidemiological Association
2001-presentMemberAmerican Public Health Association (ID# 9778200)
2013-2015MemberResearch Response Group on Emerging Health Threats, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2013-presentMemberAdvisory Peer Group for Nursing, The Open University of Hong Kong
2006-2008Vice PresidentHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2006-2008Censor in Public Health MedicineHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2004-2008Council MemberHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2004-2008Member, Education CommitteeHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2004-2008Member, CME/CPD Sub-CommitteeHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2004-2008Part 2 Examiner, Subspecialty in Public Health MedicineHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2004-2008Part 1 Examiner, Subspecialty in Administrative MedicineHong Kong College of Community Medicine
2013International Selection PanelThe National Institute for Health Research, UK Department of Health
2013-15MemberAdvisory Committee, WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2015-presentMemberIndependent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola, an initiative established by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
2015-presentMemberEducation Advisory Committee, Institut Pasteur, France
2013-2018MemberSteering Committee on Strategic Review on Healthcare Manpower Planning and Professional Development, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2013-presentMemberResearch Council, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2013-14MemberSteering Committee on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, Department of Health
2014-presentMemberHong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute
2014-presentCouncil MemberShantou University, Guangdong, China
2013-presentDeputy Secretary-General (副秘書長)Collaborative Innovation Centre for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Zhejiang University-Tsinghua University-The University of Hong Kong-China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (感染病診治協同創新中心).
2012-presentMemberHospital Advisory Group of the Re-development of Inland Lot No.7360, Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Foundation
2014-presentHigh-level ExpertRegional Financing for Malaria Task Force, Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance Secretariat, Asian Development Bank
2013-presentHonorary AdvisorAsian Medical Students’ Association Hong Kong
2015-presentBoard MemberAsia Health Systems Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative
2013-presentHonorary AdvisorInstitute of Advanced Nursing Studies, Hospital Authority
2014-2017MemberUniversity Grants Committee
2014-presentHonorary AdvisorHong Kong Breast Oncology Group
2013-presentAdvisorHong Kong Association of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care Nurses Limited
2015-presentMember, Editorial BoardClinical Medical Education (Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine and Shanghai Medical Development & Innovation Foundation)
2015Academic ConsultantChina Medical Board, USA
2013-2014Co-ChairGrant Review Board, Health and Medical Research Fund, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2014-16MemberHealth and Medical Development Advisory Committee, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2013-presentMemberWorking Group on Regulation of Private Hospitals, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2014-presentMemberPostgraduate Education Advisory Committee, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention (中國疾病预防控制中心研究生教育諮詢委員會)
2003-2008Academic supervisor of higher traineesDepartment of Health, Government of HKSAR
2002-presentMemberAsia-Pacific Health Economics Network
2013-15MemberBoard of Governors, Tung Wah College
2015-presentMemberSociety of Medical Decision Making Asia-Pacific Advisory Council
2013-2015MemberHospital Authority Board
2015-17Hon. ChairmanThe University of Hong Kong Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (Full-time) Alumni Association
2013-2018MemberHong Kong West Cluster, Hospital Medical Committee, Hospital Authority
2013-presentMemberSteering Committee on Review of Regulation of Private Healthcare Facilities, Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong SAR
2012-presentCouncil MemberHong Kong Academy of Medicine
2013ReviewerDutch Research Council (NWO)
2014-presentInternational AdvisorHealth Equity Special Interest Group, WONCA
2013-14MemberWorking Group on Diet and Physical Activity, Department of Health
2015-06CommissionerUS National Academy of Medicine
2013-presentMemberResearch Ethics Committee, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
2013-2018MemberHong Kong West Cluster, Hospital Governing Committee, Hospital Authority
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