Alice Memorial Hospital opens
Licentiates recognised to sign death certificates
UK's General Medical Council grants full recognition to graduates
After years of seeking full recognition for its graduates, the General Medical Council extends full recognition to the HKU medical degree.
Ng Li Hing School of Anatomy opens
First student to graduate with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from HKU
George Harold Thomas becomes the first to be awarded the MBBS degree.
Schools of Anatomy and Physiology move into the Anatomy and Physiology Building on Pokfulam Road
The two Schools became departments within the Faculty in 1912.
School of Tropical Medicine and Pathology opens
Dr Wang Ching-yik appointed Chair of Pathology
Dr Wang becomes the first graduate of the College of Medicine to become a professor at HKU.
Rockefeller-funded chair in obstetrics and gynaecology established
First woman graduate
Eva Hotung becomes the first woman to graduate with a medical degree from HKU.
School of Surgery opens
Queen Mary Hospital opens
Clinical teaching is transferred to the new hospital.
Medical students complete degrees in Free China during the War
More than 30 students completed their studies in Free China with their degrees recognised by HKU's Medical Degrees Emergency Committee.
First class of medical students admitted following the end of WWII
Pre-registration year of internship becomes mandatory
The Medical Council of Hong Kong requires all medical students to complete a pre-registration year of internship at a hospital after graduation.
Hong Kong Operation performed
Designed to treat tuberculosis of the spine, the revolutionary operation pioneered by Professor Arthur Ralph Hodgson and Professor Francis Edgar Stock helps bring international recognition to the Faculty.
New Pathology Building opens at Queen Mary Hospital
First transoral approach performed for the surgical treatment of upper cervical spine dislocations and tuberculosis in the world
Hong Kong's first open-heart surgery
The surgery was conducted by Ong Guan-bee, a general surgeon who also collaborated on the Hong Kong Operation.
First Pharyngo-laryngo-oesophagectomy in the world
Li Shu Fan Building opens
The new building meant the whole Faculty was housed in Pokfulam.
Fifty-two cases of open-heart surgery are successfully conducted between 1968 and 1969
First kidney transplant in Hong Kong takes place
Hong Kong's first microsurgical thumb replant
A one-year full-time course leading to Master of Medical Science is introduced
First antenatal screening for hereditary blood disease established in Hong Kong
The Medical Library is renamed The Lee Hysan Medical Library
Centenary of the Medical Faculty
First maxillary swing operation for recurrent nasopharyngectomy in the world
First liver transplant performed in Hong Kong
First heart transplant in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first case of volunteer unrelated bone marrow transplant
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 takes place
First baby in Hong Kong conceived by intracytoplasmic sperm injection is delivered at Queen Mary Hospital
The Department of Nursing Studies is established and the Bachelor of Nursing Programme launched
University of Hong Kong Clinical Trials Centre established
The Centre is created to promote research activities at the University.
World's first transplant using the right lobe of the liver
In a global first, the right lobe from a living donor was transplanted into his sibling.
First in Asia to show improved respiratory health in children in response to pollutant reduction after the implementation of an anti-air pollution law
Problem-based learning introduced
A new medical curriculum introduced problem-based learning, setting a new path for the Faculty's teaching style.
School of Chinese Medicine is established and Bachelor of Chinese Medicine programme launched
HKU Medical Alumni Association is formed
Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics programme launched
First radiofrequency ablation for cancers in Hong Kong
William MW Mong Block opens on Sassoon Road
HKU scientists identify virus behind Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
The discovery established that the virus was a coronavirus that was not previoulsy known in humans or animals. The scientists also discovered the source of the virus.
Genome Research Centre established
First to characterise the epidemiology of SARS coronavirus
State Key Laboratories of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Brain and Cognitive Sciences are established
These were the first State Key Laboratories located outside mainland China.
Faculty named Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The new name came in honour of a $HK1bn donation from the Li Ka Shing Foundation.
Department of Surgery wins the first-class award for the category of State Scientific and Technology Progress Award
Professor Malik Peiris elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society
Professor Peiris was recognised for his outstanding work on human viral infections that cause respiratory diseases including SARS and avian flu.
Hedley Environmental Index launched
The index provides an hourly estimation of the impact of air pollution on health and the economy.
Bachelor of Pharmacy programme launched
University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen hospital opens
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences programme launched
State Key Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology established
HKU Clinical Academic Unit formally opens at Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
First subcutaneous implantable cardioverter defibrillator in Asia
First exome-chip analysis of lipid traits in Chinese
The School of Public Health is designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control
School of Biomedical Sciences established
Departments of Anatomy, Biochemistry, and Physiology are merged to form the School of Biomedical Sciences.
Emergency Medicine Unit established
First to use topical imiquimod before intradermal influenza vaccination
First live birth by assisted reproduction with preimplantation genetic screening using next generation sequencing for couples with chromosomal error in Hong Kong
The Jockey Club Centre for Clinical Innovation and Discovery and the Jockey Club Institute of Cancer Care open
The new facilities were supported by a $1.24bn donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital opens
The hospital is an affiliate teaching hospital of HKUMed.
First batch of MBBS students embark on their Enrichment Year
HKUMed joins the China Consortium of Elite Teaching Hospitals
The Consortium serves as a vehicle for higher-level exchanges and engagement.
Four HKU teaching hospitals rank among 50 best in the region, including top scorer Queen Mary Hospital
Professor Gabriel Leung, Dean of Medicine, elected as a member of the US National Academy of Medicine
He was elected for "leadership in global health and medical education, and contributions to infectious disease epidemiology and control”.
HKUMed ranks within top 20 medical schools in the world
Professor Malik Peiris and Professor Yuen Kwok-yung awarded Future Science Prize
The two experts received the award for their work on SARS-CoV-1 and the global SARS outbreak, which contributed to efforts to combat COVID-19.
Five InnoHK centres established
With these new centres, HKU is working with leading partner institutions from around the world to apply genomics, big data and advanced technologies to deepen our understanding of viruses and cancers and develop cutting-edge treatments.
Bachelor of Nursing Advanced Leadership Track programme launched
Faculty Office moves into the new Faculty Administration Wing
Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics programme launched
School of Clinical Medicine established
The School groups together 14 clinical disciplines to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and synergism.