About HKUMed


HKUMed is this year celebrating its 135th anniversary, making it the oldest institution of higher education in Hong Kong. We have a long reputation as a pioneer in medical education, training and research, while proudly upholding a reputation for morality, vision and care.


The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how crucial medical education is to society. From providing care to patients, to leading crucial research that drove policy decisions, we are honoured to serve the global community.


In the face of these challenges, we have achieved a historically high ranking for “clinical and health” subjects in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. The Faculty now ranks in 20th position globally and 3rd in Asia for this category.


We are proud to continue our tradition of spearheading achievement from our campus on Sassoon Road. We have trained thousands of healthcare practitioners and scientists, as well as many internationally renowned researchers and policy-makers.


Each year, we admit almost 640 students across seven programmes, which include the MBBS, BNurs, BChinMed, BPharm, BBiomedSc, BASc(GHD) and BSc(Bioinformatics), and our student body is one of the largest for a single Faculty, totalling more than 4,850 people.



More than 320 full-time staff from our 18 departments and schools deploy the latest technologies, such as virtual reality, to engage students in the classroom. These full-time teachers are supplemented by honorary teachers, most of whom are medical professionals.



Research is an important part of HKUMed’s global reputation and with 5 of our members ranked among the top 1% of scholars in their field in terms of citation and recognition. We are always looking ahead to the next breakthrough while nurturing our existing areas of expertise. As such, HKUMed researchers stand at the forefront of research into COVID-19 and infectious diseases globally with two of our scientists receiving the 2021 Future Science Prize in Life Sciences for their work. Our researchers are supported by ample funding, state-of-the-art facilities and the Faculty’s extensive worldwide networks.


Clinical service

HKUMed delivers superlative clinical service and provides robust clinical governance in all settings that we serve. Our four affiliated hospitals under the HKU Health System offer valuable opportunities for students to learn more and learn better. These hospitals also represent the Faculty’s leading status in healthcare management in Hong Kong and the region.


Our members engage in a wide range of activities to share their knowledge and expertise to benefit Hong Kong society as a whole.


HKUMed graduates are a testament to the excellent education we provide and have gone on to become the leaders in their fields in Hong Kong and the world.

Faculty's Firsts

The Faculty has always been at the forefront of medical research and development of new clinical services for the benefit of mankind. With our researchers’ toil and persistence, we have made important contributions to the study and treatment of cancers and liver diseases, and have made notable advances in tissue typing, spinal surgery, infectious diseases, in-vitro fertilisation, endocrinology and tobacco-related diseases.

First transoral approach performed for the surgical treatment of upper cervical spine dislocations and tuberculosis in the world
Pioneered anterior approach for surgical treatment of spinal tuberculosis, known as the “Hong Kong Operation”
First Pharyngo-laryngo-oesophagectomy in the world
First kidney transplant in Hong Kong
First microsurgical thumb replant in Hong Kong
First antenatal screening for hereditary blood disease established in Hong Kong
First maxillary swing operation for recurrent nasopharyngectomy in the world
First bone marrow transplant in Hong Kong
First liver transplant in Hong Kong
First heart transplant in Hong Kong
First allogeneic cord blood transplant in Hong Kong
First emergency adult-to-adult left lobe living donor liver transplant in the world
First lung transplant in Hong Kong
First baby in Hong Kong conceived through intracytoplasmic sperm injection was delivered
First in the world to conduct an adult-to-adult right lobe living donor liver transplant
First in Asia to show improved respiratory health in children in response to pollutant reduction after the implement of anti-air pollution law
First intervertebral disc transplant in humans in the world
First radiofrequency ablation for cancers in Hong Kong
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First to discover the SARS coronavirus
First to identify the source of SARS coronavirus infection
First to characterize the epidemiology of SARS coronavirus
First to identify the natural reservoir of SARS coronavirus
First in the world to develop and launch a publicly accessible index (Hedley Environmental Index) with hourly estimation of air pollution impact on adverse health outcomes and economic costs
The world’s first remotely controlled expandable device implantation surgery to treat children with scoliosis
First to develop a patented prescription drug, an oral arsenic trioxide preparation for the treatment of acute promyelocytic leukaemia
First combined heart and liver transplant in Hong Kong
First extra-cranial intravenous-cranial vascular bypass and craniofacial resection for locally advanced recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma in the world
First in the world to describe a model of coronavirus evolution, based on the 23 novel human and animal coronaviruses discovered over 10 years
First to characterize the epidemiology of H7N9 influenza in the world
First subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator in Asia
First exome-chip analysis of lipid traits in Chinese
First live birth by assisted reproduction with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) using next generation sequencing for couples having chromosomal error in Hong Kong
First comprehensive study of MERS coronaviruses in Africa
First invention of universal antibody drug for HIV-1 prevention and immunotherapy
First magnetic sphincter augmentation for gastroesophageal reflux disease in Asia

Message from the Dean

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” is the opening line of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. It is also a succinct summary of the current era from a medical school perspective. The work of medical and healthcare professionals is more valued than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic and promises a rewarding career for motivated and talented graduates. But of course, there is a sad toll to be paid as the pandemic continues to circle around the globe. Here at HKUMed, we are training professionals who can address such challenges with skill and compassion, and show leadership in navigating the future of medicine in the 21st century.


HKUMed is a world leading medical school, ranked 20th globally and 3rd in Asia in the 2022 THE World University Rankings for “clinical and health” subjects. While our research has attracted most of the publicity, our seven undergraduate programmes are also innovative and world-class.  They put students front and centre of the learning process to ensure they are not only prepared for the rigours of modern medicine, but also engage in the kind of personal growth that better equips them to deal with these rigors.


All students have enrichment opportunities that encourage them to step outside their comfort zones, both personally and professionally. They also engage in interprofessional training with classmates in other disciplines, replicating the kind of teamwork that is present in most healthcare settings.


Technological competence is also a priority. Innovative learning technologies are deployed across all seven of our programmes (the MBBS, BNurs, BChinMed, BPharm, BBiomedSc, BASc in Global Health and Development and BSc in Bioinformatics). For instance, the MBBS has just started to equip students with handheld ultrasound devices so they can familiarise themselves with this “stethoscope of the future”. We are also perfecting an e-portfolio to enable continuous assessment. Meanwhile, the importance of data science is recognised through the new BSc in Bioinformatics, which trains students to apply and innovate high-impact biomedical big data applications.


All of these activities require space, which has been a priority project for HKUMed in recent years. Our enrolments are increasing and we are expanding our physical space accordingly. 3 Sassoon Road, opened in Summer 2022, houses the School of Nursing and School of Chinese Medicine. Other developments are also underway or in planning along Sassoon Road and at Grantham Hospital. These measures will enrich teaching and research, and provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities for all.


Our graduates are a testimony to the success of our endeavours. Over our 135-year history, many have become leaders in medicine, research, policymaking and more at the local, national and international levels. Their example has helped HKUMed to attract some of the brightest, most inquisitive and most caring students in Hong Kong. HKUMed, in turn, provides a rich and stimulating education that will equip you to make a positive impact in the world. I look forward to welcoming you into our fold.

Professor C S Lau
Dean of Medicine

Our Campus

The Medical Campus on Sassoon Road is home to our teaching schools and departments and their research laboratories, as well as various state-of-the-art facilities.


One major landmark at the Medical Campus is the Faculty Learning Commons, which provides a shared space for students and teachers to engage in teaching and learning activities. Many campus events are also held at the Learning Commons, making it a popular socialising spot for students.


The Yu Chun Keung Medical Library is a centre of excellence in knowledge management. The Medical Library is an integral part of the University Libraries comprising significant digital resources, multimedia as well as extensive print collections covering biomedical and health sciences. The Library became a World Health Organization Depository Library in 1993.


The Cheung Chin Lan Hong Atrium is the built expression of HKUMed’s core mission to enrich the total learning experience for students by creating a space for them to socialise and connect with outside the classroom.


The new Faculty Boardroom located in the Faculty Administration Wing provides ample space for academic conferences and professional seminars. It is equipped with cutting-edge teleconferencing equipment and an LED video wall.


With a growing student body, HKUMed has developed expansion plans to provide excellent training facilities for the next generation of healthcare professionals.


This vision emphasises the whole-person development of our students, meaning expanding communal spaces is central to the development plans. This is exemplified by the new outdoor garden on 1/F of the William M.W. Mong Block from where students can enjoy a panoramic sea view and take a breath of fresh air between classes.


A nine-storey building at 3 Sassoon Road will serve as the new home for the School of Nursing and School of Chinese Medicine and is expected to be completed in 2022. The complex will provide more than 10,000 square meters of operational floor area for lecture theatres, seminar rooms, classrooms, Learning Commons, clinical skills training centres, research laboratories and a Chinese Medicine outpatient clinic.


Looking into the future, the Sassoon Road campus will be transformed into a state-of-the-science medical campus stretching from Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) on Pokfulam Road at the top, to the Victoria Road roundabout at the bottom. A reinvigorated built environment will continue to provide exceptional support and opportunities for students, as well as taking our research to the next level.