Professor Joseph Sung
2pm Friday 5 April - Faculty of Health
Professor Joseph Sung is a global leader in gastroenterological research whose work has changed the practice of gastroenterology worldwide.
The Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) received a dual Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree from The University of Hong Kong in 1983, a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Calgary in 1992 and a Doctor of Medicine from CUHK in 1997.
Professor Sung began his clinical career as a medical officer at CUHK’s teaching hospital, the Prince of Wales, in 1985. In 1992 he began lecturing in the university’s Department of Medicine and was promoted to Professor of Medicine and Therapeutics in 1998. Professor Sung served as chairman of that department for more than a decade, before taking on roles as Associate Dean (Clinical) of the Faculty of Medicine and Associate Dean (General Affairs).
Professor Sung’s research interests include peptic ulcers and colorectal cancers. Together with his team, Professor Sung proved the relationship between the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and peptic ulcer diseases. They demonstrated how to successfully treat peptic ulcers with antibiotics and minimise their relapse, and pioneered the use of endoscopic treatment for ulcer bleeding to reduce the need for surgery.
In 2007 the CUHK appointed Professor Sung Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine, recognising his significant contributions to the prevention and early diagnosis of gastroenterology cancers.
Professor Sung holds fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh, Thailand, Glasgow, and London; and from the American College of Gastroenterology, the Royal Australian College of Physicians, the American Gastroenterological Association, the Hong Kong College of Physicians and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He has published over 680 full scientific articles in leading journals including The New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet, edited or authored more than 15 books, and refereed for more than 15 prestigious journals.