Gabriel Leung became the fortieth Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong in 2013. Leung, a clinician and a respected public health authority, concurrently holds the Chair of Public Health Medicine. Previously he was Professor and Head of Community Medicine at the University and served as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive’s Office in government.
Born in Hong Kong, Leung received his early education locally and in the UK. He read medicine at Western Ontario and completed family medicine residency training in Toronto. He earned his master’s from Harvard and research doctorate from HKU.
Leung is one of Asia’s leading epidemiologists, having authored more than 350 scholarly papers and edited numerous journals. His research defined the epidemiology of two novel viral epidemics, namely SARS-CoV in 2003 and influenza A(H7N9) in 2013. While in government, he led Hong Kong’s policy response against the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic. Non-communicable disease work from Leung’s group has proposed novel insights into the fundamental biologic pathways leading to population-level origins of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes with global health relevance.
Leung directs the WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, based in the School of Public Health. He was inaugural Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies during 2010-4. He regularly advises national and international agencies including the World Health Organisation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. He was Vice President and Censor in Public Health Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine, and is an elected Council member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the Hospital Authority Board and of the University Grants Committee, respectively a statutory agency responsible for all public health care services and an advisory body on the development and funding requirements of the higher education sector in Hong Kong.
A firm believer in the importance of teaching and learning, Leung has always maintained a substantial commitment in the undergraduate medical and postgraduate public health curricula. His pedagogy has been recognised by the award of the University Teaching Fellowship and the Faculty Teaching Medal, respectively the highest honour for teaching achievements conferred by the University and the medical school.