‘Our Department has trained countless medical professionals who have quietly protected the health and well-being of the people of Hong Kong over the century. But we do not rest on our laurels, no matter what challenges we have to face. In fact, looking back, you can see that we are committed to continually consolidating our strengths and aiming higher than before,’ said the Department Chairperson, Professor Tse Hung-fat. The roots of the Department are entwined with those of the Faculty as a whole. Scientist Sir Patrick Manson, philanthropist-medic Sir Ho Kai and their supporters founded the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese in 1887, which became the Faculty of Medicine, one of the founding faculties of HKU, in 1912. The Faculty became an early foothold in this part of the world for modern evidence-based medicine. In 1923, the Department of Medicine itself was formally established to sharpen this provision. Ever since, it has been at the heart of patient care and hospital management in Hong Kong and a major contributor to research into diseases that are especially harmful and virulent in Chinese populations. Moreover, it has been a springboard for the establishment of many medical specialties in the city and a source of many prominent medical and health leaders, The Department of Medicine was formally established in 1923 3 HKUMed News Winter 2023