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Professor Francis Chan Ka Leung

Dean, Faculty of Medicine,

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Professor Chan graduated as top student with honors from the Faculty of Medicine, CUHK and completed his postgraduate training as a Croucher Foundation research fellow in Canada. He joined the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK in 1997. He has been director of the Institute of Digestive Disease, assistant dean (general affairs), and associate dean (clinical). An outstanding teacher, Professor Chan received the Faculty’s Teacher of the Year Award for five consecutive years and the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award twice.

As an internationally renowned clinician-scientist in peptic ulcer bleeding, helicobacter pylori, endoscopic therapy, and colorectal cancer, Professor Chan has published over 400 scientific articles in high impact international journals and his h-index (based on the distribution of citations received) is 50. He is the only researcher in academic history to have published seven first-author original research articles in the two most prestigious medical journals, namely the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet. His contributions to medical research have been recognized worldwide with many national and international awards, including the David Y. Graham Lecturer and the 2007 State Scientific and Technological Progress Award. In recognition of his outstanding academic achievements, he received the degree of Doctor of Science from CUHK in December 2011.

Besides serving the medical and academic profession, he also actively participates in community service. During the SARS outbreak, Professor Chan organized a large-scale screening test to detect silent carriers of SARS infection for over 12,000 Hong Kong citizens. In recognition of his contributions to the society, he received the honor of the Justice of Peace in 2010.