School of Clinical Medicine
Critical Care Medicine Unit


The Critical Care Medicine Unit (CCMU) at HKUMed was established in July 2022 to consolidate the specialties of Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine in the Faculty.

The vision of CCMU is to become a leading research, teaching and training hub for critical care medicine in Hong Kong and beyond. We aim to attract individuals to partake in collaborative research and multidisciplinary training, to deliver state-of-the-art and humanistic care in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of acutely ill patients.

Our clinical services are provided at the Department of Adult Intensive Care of Queen Mary Hospital, Critical Care Unit of Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong, and Department of Adult Intensive Care of The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital.

Our Vision
The CCMU seeks to become a regional leader in the research and education of critical care medicine by fostering scientific advancement in a community of talented and passionate individuals.
 
Our Mission

  • To engage in cutting-edge collaborative research that translates to evidence-based implications for clinical practice.
  • To educate the next generation of physicians through diverse and progressive teaching approaches to topics in acute medical care.
  • To promote excellence in healthcare delivery through skill-based training in core and emerging critical care competencies.
  • To foster dialogue with the general public on ethical dimensions of modern-day healthcare.

Academic Staff
Unit Director - Dr Wai Ching Simon SIN, Clinical Associate Professor of Practice
Dr Kai Yan Gloria TANG, Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice
Dr Pui Ning Pauline YEUNG, Clinical Assistant Professor of Practice

Hospital Authority Medical Staff
Chief of Service - Dr Wai Ming CHAN, Consultant, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
Dr Chun Wai Wallace NGAI, Consultant, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
Dr Lee Sung LAU, Associate Consultant
Dr Alfred Sai Kuen WONG, Associate Consultant, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr Yee Lok Enoch CHAN, Associate Consultant
Dr Miao Chang Michelle ZHOU, Associate Consultant, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr Sin Kwan Tammy MA, Associate Consultant

Research Staff
Ms April See Wai Ip, Senior Research Assistant

MBBS V - Critical Care Medicine modules I and II

Core topics in critical care are introduced to MBBS undergraduates during the Senior Clerkship, ranging from patient triage, fluid management, organ failure, and advanced life support therapy. These tutorials are delivered by thoughtfully-designed teaching methodologies ranging from didactic lectures, case-based discussions, hands-on practicals, and teaching ward rounds.

MBBS VI - Point-of-Care Ultrasound Boot Camp

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Boot Camp was introduced to the Specialty Clerkship in 2022 as part of a faculty-wide initiative to equip our graduating medical students with the confidence and skills to incorporate POCUS in clinical practice. Students go through a workshop with guided practice, and subsequently are engaged with the teachers in a virtual classroom format to follow-up experiences from bedside utilization.

ECMO Training Hub in Southeast Asia

Collaborating with the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), the largest international organization in ECMO worldwide, the Department of Adult Intensive Care of Queen Mary Hospital had hosted an annual Adult ECMO Training Course endorsed by the organization. This course is widely recognized internationally and has attracted participants from various regions of Southeast Asia including China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. 

In 2017 and 2022 , the Department of Adult Intensive Care of Queen Mary Hospital was awarded the Center of Excellence (Gold level award) by the ELSO. 

Key Positions

  • Steering Committee, Asia-Pacific Chapter , Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Education Co-Chair, Asia-Pacific Chapter , Extracorporeal Life Support Organization
  • Chief Editor, ECMO 101 Course 
 

The CCMU is a regional hub for research into thematic priorities in critical care. These include sepsis and septic cardiomyopathy, advanced mechanical circulatory support, and application of point-of-care monitoring and diagnostic devices. We coordinate research efforts in the Asia-Pacific region and lead territory-wide observational research in outcomes after intensive care for critical illness.

Key Positions
  • Steering Committee, COVID-19 Critical Care Consortium
  • Lead, Asia-Pacific Extracorporeal Life Support Organization Registry
Representative Publications
  1. Ng PY, Chan WSV, Ip A, … Sin WC. (in press). Ten-year territory-wide trends on utilization and clinical outcomes of patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in Hong Kong: from 2010 to 2019. Hong Kong Med J.
  2. Ng PY, Ma TSK, Ip A, Lee MK, Ng AKY, Ngai CW, Chan WM, Siu CW, Sin WC. Sensitivity of ventricular systolic function to afterload during veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. ESC Heart Fail. 2022 Jul 1. doi: 10.1002/ehf2.13959.
  3. Ng PY, Ip A, Fang S, … Sin WC. Effect of hospital case volume on clinical outcomes of patients requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation: A territory-wide longitudinal observational study. J Thorac Dis 2022. doi: 10.21037/jtd-21-1512.
  4. Ng PY, Li ACC, Fang S, Lin JCR, Ip A, Chan WM, Sin WC, Ngai CW. Predictors of favorable neurological outcomes in a territory-first extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation program. ASAIO J. 2021 Dec 1. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000001620.
  5. Ng PY, Fang S, Ip A, Chan WM, Sin WC, Ngai CW. Changes in patterns of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation during the COVID-19 pandemic: an observational study. J Thorac Dis. 2021 Nov;13(11):6499-6501.
  6. Sin WC, Ng PY, Ngai WCW, Lai PCK, Mok AYT, Chan RWK. Simulation training for crises during venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. J Thorac Dis. 2019 May;11(5):2144-2152.
  7. Ng PY, Sin WC, Ng AK, Chan WM. Speckle tracking echocardiography in patients with septic shock: a case control study (SPECKSS). Critical Care. 2016 May 14;20(1):145.
  8. Wong, Alfred S. K.; Ma, Tammy S. K.; Chu, Ying Lun Edward; Chan, Ting Bun; Sin, Simon W. C. Buttock Ischemia in Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation. A Case Series. . ASAIO Journal: March 11, 2022
  9. Alfred Sk Wong, Eva M Marwali , Graeme Maclaren , Mark Ogino , John Fraser , Peter Lai Chi Keung , Liza Fitria , Prieta Adriane , Simon Wc Sin. ECMO simulation training during a worldwide pandemic: The role of ECMO telesimulation. . Perfusion 2022 May 11.  doi: 10.1177/02676591221093868

Our clinical services are provided at the Department of Adult Intensive Care of Queen Mary Hospital, the Critical Care Unit of Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong, and the Department of Adult Intensive Care of The University of Hong Kong - Shenzhen Hospital. We are a mixed medical-surgical Intensive Care Unit and provide care for a myriad of conditions ranging from post-organ transplantation, refractory circulatory and respiratory failure, polytrauma and burns.

Our unit has been awarded the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Center of Excellence - Gold Award.