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Professor Gabriel Leung


Professor Gabriel M Leung


Professor Gabriel M. Leung

Dean of Medicine

GBS, MD W Ont, MPH Harv, MD HK, FHKCCM, FHKAM (Community Medicine), FCFP, FRCP Lond Edin, Hon FHKCFP, Hon FFPH, JP

Helen and Francis Zimmern Professor in Population Health
Chair Professor of Public Health Medicine 

Email | deanmed@hku.hk
Twitter | @gmleunghku

 

Professor Gabriel Leung, Dean of HKUMed.

Biography

One of Asia’s most respected higher education and health leaders, Gabriel Leung is known for his commitment to expanding student opportunity, building strong institutions and nurturing impactful innovation. He is the fortieth Dean of Medicine and inaugural Helen and Francis Zimmern Professor in Population Health at the University of Hong Kong.

His career has straddled academe and public service. Formerly, he was Head of Community Medicine at the University as well as Hong Kong's first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive's Office in government.

During his deanship, he revamped the admission infrastructure to expand access, thereby enhancing the quality and diversity of the student body. He led a major undergraduate curriculum reform exercise, notably the introduction of the “Enrichment Year”. He pioneered articulation degree programmes in bioethics, public health, physiotherapy, veterinary surgery and a whole range of biomedical disciplines with leading universities including Edinburgh, Harvard, LSHTM, Manchester, Sydney and UC Berkeley. He also introduced the ground breaking interdisciplinary BASc (Global Health and Development) degree course. Gabriel raised the largest single philanthropic donation received by HKU and in total a record HKD1.7 billion to date. He has more than doubled teaching and research space since he became dean.

A specialist in public health medicine by training, Gabriel is one of the region’s leading epidemiologists and global health exponents. His work has revolved around topics that have major population health impact locally, where Hong Kong is a reliable and unique epidemiologic sentinel for mainland China and the Chinese diaspora, or where it is best placed to address the fundamental science at hand globally.

His research defined the epidemiology of three novel viral epidemics, namely SARS in 2003, H7N9 influenza in 2013 and most recently COVID-19. As under secretary, he led Hong Kong government's response against the 2009 influenza pandemic. He was founding co-director of HKU's World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control and currently directs the Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.

In parallel, Gabriel leads several large-scale longitudinal cohorts (Children of 1997, FAMILY, Department of Health Elderly Health Service cohort), tracking tens of thousands of lives to study the fundamental causes of non-communicable conditions and to explain the health impacts of contemporary social phenomena.

A final strand of his work concerns the economics and policy issues of health systems. His team is the government's health accountant and projects health care human resources needs. Regionally, Gabriel has tirelessly worked to build capacity throughout the Asia Pacific. He served as founding Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems Policies and continues to lead its Strategic Technical Advisory Committee.

In addition to serving as a Governor of The Wellcome Trust, Gabriel regularly advises national and international agencies including the World Health Organisation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Boao Forum for Asia, Institut Pasteur, Japan Center for International Exchange, National Centre for Infectious Diseases of Singapore and China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is an Adjunct Professor of Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Adjunct Professorial Researcher of the China National Health Development Research Center.

Locally, he was Vice President and Censor in Public Health Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine, and an elected council member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the Hospital Authority and completed two terms on the University Grants Committee, which are respectively a statutory agency responsible for all public health care services and a government advisory body on the development and funding requirements of the higher education sector.

He co-edited the Journal of Public Health (2007-14), was inaugural co-editor of Epidemics, associate editor of Health Policy and is founding deputy editor-in-chief of China CDC Weekly. He currently serves on the editorial boards of nine journals, including the British Medical Journal.

After reading medicine at the University of Western Ontario, Gabriel completed family medicine residency training in Toronto. He earned a master's from Harvard University and research doctorate from HKU.

He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine and was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star (second highest civilian honour) by the Hong Kong government for distinguished service in protecting and promoting population health.

Gabriel is a keen amateur musician who maintains a busy schedule of arts engagements, as Principal Conductor of the HKU Union Philharmonic Orchestra, Honorary Guest Conductor of the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony and chamber pianist. He is President of the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association, and serves on the boards of the Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Asian Youth Orchestra, and formerly the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

Biography (Chinese)

梁卓偉教授為亞洲備受尊崇的高等教育及醫學領袖之一,盡心盡力推動全人教育、為學院建立强而有效的制度,持續創新、前瞻求進;現任香港大學李嘉誠醫學院第四十任院長及施玉榮伉儷基金教授席(民眾健康)創席教授。

梁教授既孜孜不倦於學術及研究工作,也跨越領域積極參與公共事務,曾任香港特區政府首任食物及衞生局副局長及第五任行政長官辦公室主任。

梁教授任職院長期間,致力改革招生制度,擴闊收生途徑,增加來自不同背景的學生,從而提升學生質素,也讓學生的組合更加多元化。在他的領導下,醫學院進行了本科生課程的重大改革,尤其是推行「增潤學年」,讓學生擴闊視野,拓展本科領域外的知識。梁教授也率先推動醫學院與愛丁堡大學、哈佛大學、倫敦衞生與熱帶醫學院、曼徹斯特大學、雪梨大學與柏克萊加州大學等國際知名學府合作,開辦生物倫理學、公共衞生、物理治療、獸醫及一系列生物醫學的銜接學位課程。此外,他更創辦跨學科的文理學士(環球衞生及發展)學位課程。在籌款方面,梁教授亦不遺餘力,迄今為學院共籌得高達17億港元,其中包括香港大學至今最高紀綠的單筆捐款。梁教授自履任院長以來,醫學院在教學及研究的用地面積亦因推行擴建計劃而大幅增加逾一倍。

梁教授為公共衞生醫學專家,也是亞洲流行病學和全球衞生的權威之一,其研究領域主要包括對本地人口健康有重大影響的議題、香港作為內地及海外華人流行病研究和控制的前哨角色;以及香港在全球基礎科學研究上的優勢。

梁教授的研究成果為流行病學闡釋了三種新型傳染病病毒,即2003年的沙士冠狀病毒、 2013年的甲型流感H7N9及最近的2019冠狀病毒病(COVID-19)。他於2009年擔任食物及衞生局副局長期間,帶領香港特區政府團隊精準防範和應對流感大流行。他亦曾擔任世衞傳染病流行病學及控制合作中心創立聯席總監,現領導位於香港科技園的醫衞大數據深析實驗室。

同時,梁教授帶領團隊展開多個大型縱向佇列研究(包括「九七的兒女」出生佇列、「愛+人」計劃及衞生署長者健康服務佇列等),追蹤數以萬計人士的健康狀況,探索非傳染性疾病的基本病因,以闡釋現代社會現象對健康的影響。

梁教授研究的另一重點為與醫療體系有關的經濟及政策議題,他的團隊協助政府預測未來醫護服務的財務及人力資源需求,亦同時為亞太地區醫療衞生出謀獻策,曾任亞太衞生體系與政策觀察組織首任主席,現為該組織策略技術諮詢委員會召集人。

梁教授現任英國惠康基金會董事局成員,同時定期為多家國內外機構提供專家意見,包括世界衞生組織、世界銀行、亞洲開發銀行、博鰲亞洲論壇、法國巴斯德研究所、日本國際交流中心、新加坡國家傳染病中心及中國疾病預防控制中心等,並兼任北京協和醫院客座教授和國家衞生健康委員會衞生發展研究中心教授級客座研究員。

在香港,梁教授曾任香港社會醫學學院副院長和公共衞生醫學學監、香港醫學專科學院院務委員,並曾連續兩屆擔任大學教育資助委員會成員。他亦獲委任為醫院管理局大會成員。

此外,梁教授還參與國際學術期刊的編輯工作,曾任《公共衞生雜誌》(Journal of Public Health)聯席主編、《流行病》(Epidemics)首任聯席主編、《衞生政策》(Health Policy)副主編及《中國疾病預防控制中心週報》(China CDC Weekly)創刊副主編。目前,他為包括《英國醫學雜誌》(British Medical Journal)在內的九份國際學術期刊擔任編輯委員會委員。

梁教授畢業於加拿大西安大略大學醫學院,於多倫多大學完成家庭醫學專科培訓,並考獲哈佛大學公共衞生碩士及香港大學醫學博士。

他當選美國國家醫學院院士,並獲香港特區政府頒發金紫荊星章,表揚其保障及促進公眾健康的卓越貢獻。

在醫學專業範疇以外,梁教授亦熱愛音樂,並積極參與音樂藝術的活動,如擔任香港大學學生會管弦樂團首席指揮、香港兒童交響樂團榮譽客席指揮及室樂鋼琴家。梁教授亦是香港學校音樂及朗誦協會會長,曾任香港管弦樂團及香港小交響樂團委員會委員,現任香港藝術節和亞洲青年管弦樂團的委員會委員。

Ten Most Representative Original Articles
  1. Leung K, Wu JT, Liu D, Leung GM. First-wave COVID-19 transmissibility and severity in China outside Hubei after control measures and second-wave scenario planning: a modelling impact assessment. Lancet. 2020;395:1382-93.
  2. He X, Lau EHY, Wu P, Deng X, Wang J, Hao X, Lau YC, Wong JY, Guan Y, Tan X, Mo X, Chen Y, Liao B, Chen W, Hu F, Zhang Q, Zhong M, Wu Y, Zhao L, Zhang F, Cowling BJ, Li F, Leung GM. Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19. Nat Med. 2020;26:672-5.
  3. Wu JT, Leung K, Bushman M, Kishore N, Niehus R, de Salazar PM, Cowling BJ, Lipsitch M, Leung GM. Estimating clinical severity of COVID-19 from the transmission dynamics in Wuhan, China. Nat Med. 2020;26:506-10.
  4. Wu JT, Leung K, Leung GM. Nowcasting and forecasting the potential domestic and international spread of the 2019-nCoV outbreak originating in Wuhan, China: a modelling study. Lancet. 2020;395:689-697. 
  5. Li Q, Guan X, Wu P, Ren R, Zhou L, Tong Y, Wang X, Leung KSM, Lau EHY, Wong JY, Xing X, Xiang N, Wu Y, Li C, Chen Q, Li D, Liu T, Zhao J , Li M, Tu W, Chen C, Jin L, Yang R, Wang Q, Zhou S, Wang R, Liu H, Luo Y, Liu Y, Shao G, Li H, Tao Z, Yang Y, Deng Z, Liu B, Ma Z, Zhang Y, Shi G, Lam TTY, Wu JT, Gao GF, Cowling BJ, Yang B, Leung GM, Feng Z. Early transmission dynamics in Wuhan, China of novel coronavirus-infected pneumonia. N Engl J Med. 2020;382:1199-1207. 
  6. Ni MY, Yao XI, Leung KSM, Yau C, Leung CMC, Lun P, Flores FP, Chang WC, Cowling BJ, Leung GM. Depression and post-traumatic stress during major social unrest in Hong Kong: a ten-year prospective cohort. Lancet. 2020;395:273-284. 
  7. Yu H, Wu JT, Cowling BJ, Liao Q, Fang VJ, Zhou S, Wu P, Zhou H, Lau EHY, Guo D, Ni MY, Peng Z, Feng L, Luo H, Jiang H, Li Q, Feng Z, Wang Y, Yang W, Leung GM. Effect of closure of live poultry markets on poultry-to-person transmission of avian influenza A H7N9 virus: an ecological study. Lancet. 2014;383:541-48. 
  8. Yu H, Cowling BJ, Feng L, Lau EHY, Liao Q, Tsang TK, Peng Z, Wu P, Liu F, Fang VJ, Zhang H, Li M, Zeng L, Xu Z, Li Z, Luo H, Li Q, Feng Z, Cao B, Yang W, Wu JT, Wang Y, Leung GM. Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus: an assessment of clinical severity. Lancet. 2013;382:138-45. 
  9. Cowling BJ, Jin L, Lau EHY, Liao Q, Wu Peng, Jiang H, Tsang TK, Zheng J, Fang VJ, Chang Z, Ni MY, Zhang Q, Ip DKM, Yu J, Li Y, Wang L, Tu W, Meng L, Wu JT, Luo H, Li Q, Shu Y, Li Z, Feng Z, Yang W, Wang Y, Leung GM, Yu H. Comparative epidemiology of human infections with avian influenza A(H7N9) and A(H5N1) viruses in China: a population-based study of laboratory-confirmed casesLancet. 2013;382:129-37. 
  10. Cowling BJ, Chan KH, Fang VJ, Lau LLH, So THA, Fung ROP, Ma ESK, Kwong ASK, Chan CW, Tsui WWS, Ngai HY, Chu DWS, Lee PWY, Chiu MC, Leung GM, Peiris JSM. Comparative epidemiology of pandemic and seasonal influenza A in 2009 within households. N Engl J Med. 2010;362:2175-84.