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Medical school gets new dean

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 5:37am

The former deputy health minister has been named dean of the University of Hong Kong's medical school.

Professor Gabriel Leung, 41, is currently head of community medicine at the university's Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

The university council yesterday decided yesterday that Leung will start his new, five-year leading role in August, a university spokeswoman said.

He replaces Professor Lee Sum-ping, who has completed his deanship which he took up in 2008.

Leung joined the university in 1999 and in 2006 became one of the youngest tenured professors in its history.

He joined the government in 2008, as undersecretary for food and health in the Donald Tsang Yam-kuen administration.

He was later made the director of the Chief Executive's Office.

He returned to the university when Leung Chun-ying was sworn in as chief executive in July last year.

According to the faculty's website, Leung's research expertise spans a "wide spectrum of the public health sciences".

He established and directed the infectious disease epidemiology group from the time of the Sars epidemic in 2003.

He is focusing on field studies and modelling of influenza, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, human papilloma virus and other infections of public health significance.

Leung has served as adviser to various national and international agencies including the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, the faculty says.

He is also an adjunct professor of the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

 

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