Professor Joseph Sung appointed as Head of Shaw College of
Professor Joseph Sung is currently the associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine and chair professor of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of CUHK. Professor Sung received his medical degree from the University of Hong Kong in 1983. He also garnered the Hong Kong Medical Association Prize in the same year. In 1989 he was awarded a Croucher Foundation Fellowship to study microbial ecology in Canada where he obtained his PhD at the University of Calgary in 1991. In 1997, he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Medicine by CUHK. Professor Sung joined the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK in 1992 and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics in 1998.
Professor Sung¡¦s research interests include gastrointestinal bleeding, H. pylori and peptic ulcer, viral hepatitis and cancers of the digestive system. His study on viral genomics and carcinogenesis was awarded by the Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF) and the Area of Excellence (AoE) of the University Grants Committee. In 2003, Professor Sung led his medical team to conduct a series of studies on the clinical and epidemiological aspects of the SARS coronavirus.
Professor Sung¡¦s achievements in medical service and research have won him numerous honours and awards (see appendix). His outstanding contributions during the fight against SARS were particularly impressive to the Hong Kong community.
¡§My greatest satisfaction in working in an academic institution comes from being able to interact with young and talented colleagues and building a team of internationally renowned clinicians/scientists in Hong Kong. It is my long-cherished opportunity to share my life experience and values with students,¡¨ said Professor Sung.
He has served as president of the Hong Kong Society of Digestive Endoscopy and the Hong Kong Society of Gastroenterology, and vice president of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and vice president of the Hong Kong College of Physicians. Professor Sung is a foundation fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and the Hong Kong College of Physicians. He is also a fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, the American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, and an honorary fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand.
A prolific medical scientist, Professor Sung has published over 430 full scientific articles in top journals and has reviewed more than 15 prestigious journals.