Professor Gabriel Leung is the fortieth Dean of Medicine, Helen and Francis Zimmern Professor in Population Health and Chair of Public Health Medicine at The University of Hong Kong. He was the last Head of Community Medicine at the University as well as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive’s Office in government.
He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine and was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong government for distinguished service in protecting and promoting population health.
Professor Leung established and directed the University’s Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group since the time of the 2003 SARS epidemic and led Hong Kong government’s efforts against pandemic A(H1N1) in 2009, respectively. He continues to co-head HKU’s World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control. He has also pioneered the development of health systems financing and policy research in Hong Kong and around the Asia Pacific region, and served as founding Chair of the Asia Pacific Observatory on Health Systems Policies and continues to lead its Strategic Technical Advisory Committee.
Leung regularly advises national and international agencies including the China Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organisation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Japan Center for International Exchange and the Institut Pasteur. He is an Adjunct Professor of Peking Union Medical College and Adjunct Professorial Researcher of the China National Health Development Research Center. He was Vice President and Censor in Public Health Medicine of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine and is a council member of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. He is also a member of the Hospital Authority and the University Grants Committee in Hong Kong.
After reading medicine at the University of Western Ontario, he completed family medicine residency training in Toronto. He earned a master’s from Harvard University and research doctorate from HKU.