Department of Surgery, CUHK
The Chinese University of Hong Kong is
an international reputed institution with over 13000 postgraduate students.

Department of Surgery is an integral part of the Faculty of Medicine
based at the Prince of Wales Hospital, a 1300 bed major teaching hospital.

The programs are research-oriented. We have academic interests and expertise in translational research, bridging basic research and clinical research. We train and equip postgraduate students
with in-depth knowledge and advanced research skills,
aim to advance research in surgical sciences to improve patient outcomes.

Research Opportunities

Potential Projects

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Cancer Research: Molecular Targets for Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Neurosurgery
  • Other topics in Surgery (such as Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery and Paediatric Urology, Urology and Cardiothoracic Surgery), Speech Therapy and ENT will also be considered.

MPhil/PhD Program

PhD: Three to four years of supervised research-based clinical-translational research study.

Applicants who wish to take a shorter research study may consider MPhil program.

MPhil/PhD candidates include science graduates, medical students and medical doctors undertaking scientific training.

Interested candidates please visit our website Determine your research interest and discuss with your potential supervisor through email. Applicants with general interest in our department could send your CV and a brief research interest statement to for consideration. Applications are open year round.

Research Postgraduate Supervisors

  • Professor James YW LAU
    Vascular Surgery   |  

  • Professor POON Wai Sang
    Neurosurgery   |  

  • Professor Enders KW NG
    Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Philip WY CHIU
    Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Simon SM NG
    Colorectal Surgery   |  

  • Professor Anthony CF NG
    Urology   |  

  • Professor UNDERWOOD Malcolm John
    Cardiothoracic Surgery   |  

  • Professor WAN Song
    Cardiothoracic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Anthony YB TEOH
    Upper Gastrointestinal and Metabolic Surgery   |  

  • Professor Tony WC MAK
    Colorectal Surgery   |  

  • Professor Charing CN CHONG
    Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery   |  

  • Professor FUTABA Kaori
    Colorectal Surgery   |  

  • Professor Jeremy YC TEOH
    Urology   |  

Current Postgraduate Students

  • BAI Xiaowu (PhD)
    Upper GI & Metabolic Surgery

  • CHAN Ho Man Alfred (PhD)

  • CHEN Ssu Chi (PhD)

  • CHENG Truman (PhD)

  • HE Yuzhong (PhD)

  • HUANG Yuzhang (Mphil)

  • LEUNG Ka Ying Karman (PhD)

  • QI Haolong (PhD)

  • SIU Hon Lam Elaine (PhD)

  • SONG Chengzhi (PhD)
    Upper GI & Metabolic Surgery

  • TSZE Cheung Yin (PhD)
    ENT (Speech Therpy)

  • WOO Yat Ming Peter (PhD)

  • XUE Lingbin (PhD)

  • YE Minxin (Mphil)

  • YU Jianqing (PhD)
    Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery

  • YU Shing (PhD)
    ENT (Speech Therpy)

Graduates / Alumni

Year of Graduation :        

Name Degree Year of Graduation Thesis Titles
WONG Chun Ho Eddy Mphil 2017 Efficacy of a Treatment Protocol fpr Cantonse-speaking Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech
NIU Lei Lei PhD 2017 The Senescence-assocaiated Secretory Phenotype Induced by ID1-p16 Axis Contributes to Sorafenib Resistance in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (2017)
WANG Wuming PhD 2017 MircoRNA-182 Function in Neurite Outgrowth and Murine Intracerebral Hemorrhage
XIA Xian Feng PhD 2017 Therapeutic Effect of Adipose-derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells of Gastric Mucosal Injury
LYU Hao Mphil 2017 The Effect of GLP-1 Receptor on Axon Regeneration in Stroke Model

Related Publication List

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Glioma Association and Balancing Selection of ZFPM2.
Tsang SY; Mei L; Wan W; Li J; Li Y; Zhao C; Ding X; Pun FW; Hu X; Wang J; Zhang J; Luo R; Cheung ST; Leung GK; Poon WS; Ng HK; Zhang L; Xue H. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(7); e0133003

Mindfulness-based therapy for drug-resistant epilepsy: An assessor-blinded randomized trial.
Tang V; Poon WS; Kwan P. Neurology 2015; 85(13):1100-1107

miR-34a-5p suppresses colorectal cancer metastasis and predicts recurrence in patients with stage II/III colorectal cancer.
Gao J; Li N; Dong Y; Li S; Xu L; Li X; Li Y; Li Z; Ng SS; Sung JJ; Shen L; Yu J. Oncogene 2015; 34(31):4142-4152

Evidence of improved immediate verbal memory and diminished category fluency following STN-DBS in Chinese-Cantonese patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
Tang V; Zhu CX; Chan D; Lau C; Chan A; Mok V; Yeung J; Poon WS. Neurological Sciences 2015; 36(8):1371-1377

Estrogen receptor alpha promotes smoking-carcinogen-induced lung carcinogenesis via cytochrome P450 1B1.
Li MY; Liu Y; Liu LZ; Kong AW; Zhao Z; Wu B; Long X; Wu J; Ng CS; Wan IY; Du J; Mok TS; Underwood MJ; Chen GG. Journal of Molecular Medicine 2015; 93(11):1221-1233

Effects of interleukin-10 gene deficiency on hepatic biochemical metabolism in mice.
Du J; Zhang J; Zou D; Ye L; Chen GG; Yang C. Clinical & Experimental Medicine 2015; 15(3):321-325

The effect of renal cortical thickness on the treatment outcomes of kidney stones treated with shockwave lithotripsy.
Ng CF; Luke S; Chiu PK; Teoh JY; Wong KT; Hou SS. Korean Journal of Urology 2015; 56(5):379-385

A Seven-microRNA Expression Signature Predicts Survival in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.
Zhang J; Chong CC; Chen GG; Lai PB. PLoS ONE 2015; 10(6); e0128628

Studentship and Awards

Postgraduate Studentship / Fellowship / Financial Aids

Full-time postgraduate students MPhil and PhD are provided with Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. PhD applicants can also apply for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme provided by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC). Full-time students can also apply for Government Grants and Loans provided by the Hong Kong Government. Respective surgical and research teams would also offer support. Contact your potential supervisor for details.


CUHK Young Scholars Thesis Awards 2015
Dr YANG Shengli (2015 PhD Graduate in Surgery)
Hypoxia-inducible Factor-2 Alpha in the Development of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

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