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WONG Yat Wa 黃一華


Prior Division Chief of Spine Surgery, QMH

Honorary Clinical Professor, HKU

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Professor Yat-wa Wong is an honorary clinical professor of the University of Hong Kong. He is a consultant Orthopaedic surgeon of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. His clinical practice is mainly on spine surgery and he heads the Division of the spine Surgery in Queen Mary Hospital and Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital. He is currently the treasurer of Asia Pacific Spine Society, and an active fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. He served as the spine chapter president of Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association in 2008-2009.

Clinical interests

  • Spine surgery

Significant publications

  1. Direct internal kyphectomy for severe angular tuberculous kyphosis.
    Wong YW, Leong JCY, Luk KDK
    Clin Orthop Relat Res. July 2007, Volume 460, P124-129
  2. Spinal epidural haematoma in a scoliotic patient with long fusion: a cass report.
    Wong YW, Luk KDK
    The Spine Journal, 2008 May-Jun;8(3):538-43. Epub 2007 Jun 18
  3. A three month, open-label, single arm trial evaluating the safety and pharmacokinetics of oral lithium in patients with chronic spinal cord injury. Wong YW, Tam S, So KF, Chen JYH, Cheng WS, Luk KDK, Tang SW, Young W. Spinal Cord 2011 Jan;49(1):94-8.
  4. A rare postoperative complication of anterior lower thoracic instrumentation: diaphragmatic laceration with hemothorax. Wong YW, JPY Cheung, KDK Luk, KMC Cheung. Eur Spine J. 2017 May;26(Suppl 1):146-150
  5. Disappearing bone disease of the humerus and the cervico-thoracic spine: a case report with 42-year follow-up. Ganal-Antonio AK, Samartzis D, Bow C, Cheung KM, Luk KD, Wong YW. Spine J. 2015 Oct 2. Pii: S1529-9430(15)01502-8.
  6. Mean 34 years post-operative follow-up shows that prevention is better than salvage. Wong YW, D Samartzis, KMC Cheung, K Luk. Bone Joint J, Vol.99-B, No. 10, October 2017.
  7. Cervical ribs as a caution for spine surgeons in thoracic spinal surgery: case report. Wong YW, Kenny Kwan, K Luk. Indian Spine Journal, 2018 Vol.1(1):65-68
  8. What every Orthopaedic Surgeon Should Know about COVID-19: A review of the current literature. Colin Shing-Yat Yung, Kevin Chi Him Fok, Ching Ngai Leung and Yat Wa Wong. Jos 28(2) 1-10 2020
  9. Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Infection with Meningitis: Effective Treatment by Radical Debridement and Intrareservoir Baclofen Vancomycin Co-infusion. Paul A. Koljonen, Sophelia HS Chan, Thomas Liu, Alvin CC Ho, Stella Chim, Nai Shun Tsoi, Yat Wa Wong. Neuromodulation 2021 Oct;24(7):1223-1228
  10. Not All Gymnastic Exercises are Suitable for Everyone: An Uncommon Cause of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome-A Case Report. YW Wong, D Wong, SWK Cheng. JBJS Case connector accepted in Mar 2021
  11. Surgical repair of a large intrathoracic meningocele associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 after failed cystoperitoneal shunts: illustrative case. Christopher HF Sun, LF Li, Benedict BT Taw, WM Lui, KY Sit, Velda LY Chow, YW Wong. Journal of Neurosurgery Case Lessons 2(10):Case21404, 2021

Invited talks – Involvement in medical conferences

Teaching Faculty

  1. Regular training instructor, Johnson & Johnson Spine training courses, at The University of Hong Kong, early 2000S
  2. AOSpine course 2000 in Hong Kong
  3. AO International Spine Reference Centre Inaugural Seminar 2003, HKU
  4. Chair, International Spinal Cord Regeneration and Rehabilitation Congress 2004
  5. Course faculty of AOSpine Advanced Regional Course, April 2004, HK
  6. Course chairman of AOSpine Advanced Regional Course September 2005, HK
  7. Course chairman AOSpine seminar in Vietnam April 2006
  8. Course faculty of AOSpine Basic Regional course, July 2006
  9. Course chairman of AOSpine Operation Room Personnel course September 2006
  10. Course faculty of AOSpine Minimally invasive surgery course September 2006
  11. Course chairman of AOSpine Advance course in complications management September 2007, HK
  12. Teaching faculty of AOSpine Interactive Course in Tokyo 25-27th September 2008
  13. Course faculty of AOSpine Seminar at Manila, Philippines, 6th February 2009
  14. National faculty, AOSpine Advanced Course, 19-21 March 2009, Hong Kong, China
  15. AOSpine master course at Kuala Lumpur 2009
  16. Faculty member of the 6th Hong Kong International Orthopaedic Forum in 25 – 26th April 2009
  17. International faculty of AOSpine Principle Course at New Delhi, India in 10 – 12th July 2009
  18. International faculty of AOSpine Principle Course at Mumbai India in 14-16th July 2009
  19. International faculty of AOSpine Master Course at Davos, Switzerland, 15-17th December 2009
  20. AOSpine Principle Seminar in Deformed Spine, Chengdu, China on 24th September 2011
  21. AOSpine Advances cadaver course, Singapore, on 20-21st April 2012
  22. AOSpine Advances cadaver course in cervical spine surgery, HK, on 16th June 2012
  23. AOSpine Advances Symposium in Cervical Spine Trauma Management. 24-25 November 2012, HK
  24. AOSpine Principles Seminar in Lumbar Spine Surgery at Chongqing, China on 15th June 2013
  25. Regional faculty of AOSpine Masters Symposium, Seoul, South Korea 2014
  26. Regional faculty of AOSpine Masters Symposium, Chennai, India 2014
  27. Faculty of SICOT Orthopaedic World Congress, Guangzhou 2015
  28. Scoliosis Research Society Worldwide Course in Hong Kong on 4-7 June 2015
  29. Regional faculty of AOSpine Advanced course, Hong Kong 2015
  30. Faculty of SpineWeek 2016 in Singapore
  31. Faculty of APSS (Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Association) Cambodia Spine Course in Phnom Penh 2016
  32. Faculty of Spine Deformity course jointly held by APSS and SRS (Scoliosis Research Society), Hong Kong 2016
  33. Faculty of APSS Surabaya Spine Operative Course 2016
  34. Faculty of APSS Kathmandu Operative Course 2017
  35. Faculty of APSS Colombo Operative Course 2017
  36. HKU Lumbar spine surgery workshop 20-21 January 2018
  37. 11th spine deformity solutions co-organized by HKU and SRS 7-9 September 2018
  38. AOSpine Chongqing basic course 27th October 2018
  39. APSS DAVAO operative course Philippines 6-8 December 2018
  40. HKU spine surgery workshop 2019 on 12th January 2019
  41. AOSpine Xian principles course 7th September 2019
  42. Simulative spine surgery workshop co-organized by APSS and Tzu Chi University at Hualien 12-13th November 2019

As invited speaker in seminars or courses

  1. Advanced orthopaedic spine workshop, Department of O&T, QMH 2001
  2. Speaker of Johnson and Johnson spine course for Chinese fellows, 2003 and 2004
  3. Invited speaker of the Sports Medicine Seminar, Department of O&T, CUHK
  4. Didactic lectures for HKCOS trainees, July 2004 and March 2005
  5. Public lectures e.g. Pulmonary management for patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy 1996, back pain 1999, Management of spasticity 2000, back pain in children 2001
  6. 19th Annual Congress of Chinese Spine & Spinal Cord Combined with 2nd International Spinal Cord Injury Treatments & Trials Symposium on 2-5th November 2006
  7. HA commissioned training workshop on the Use of Navigation in Orthopaedic Procedures 3-4th February 2007
  8. Update series on Child Health, 4th August 2007, Hong Kong
  9. The second International Congress of Chinese Orthopaedic Association. 8-11th November 2007
  10. The second Shanghai International Congress on Orthopaedics, China in 20 – 22nd June 2008
  11. SICOT Triennial World Congress at Hong Kong in 24-28 Aug 2008
  12. The 9th Chinese National Conference on Spine and Spinal Cord, Xian, China. 10-13th September 2009
  13. 7th AMN Congress and 16th Annual Scientific Meeting of HKNS. Neurotraumatology: Head Injury and Spinal Cord Injury. 12-14th November, 2009. Kong Kong
  14. HA commissioned training course 26-27th November, 2009 and 16th January, 2010
  15. 1st AMM-AMS-HKAM congress / 44th Malaysia-Singapore Congress of Medicine – ‘Benefits and Risks of Recent Medical Advances” 12-14 November 2010
  16. 中華骨科兩岸學術交流會議, 2011年3月25至27日在臺北榮民總醫院
  17. International Chinese Spine Society Inaugural Opening and academic conference in Suzhou City, China on 27thSeptember 2012
  18. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research in Okinawa, Japan April 25-27, 2013
  19. 9th Asia Pacific Spine Society Congress, 29th-31st August 2013, Pullman Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia
  20. 海峡两岸医药卫生交流协会第一届骨科学术会议暨第六届鲁台骨科论坛, 7/9/2013, 中国青岛
  21. AOSpine Advances symposium in vertebral tumour and inflammatory spinal disorder management. October 12-13, 2013. Hong Kong
  22. AOSpine Advances Seminar in lumbar intervertebral disc: Critical Review with Evidence. Hong Kong 2014
  23. Update series on Child Health 2014 to General Practitioners and Pediatricians. Lecture on “Screening and Management of Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents”
  24. Infectious diseases Master Course, Department of Microbiology, HKU. 2015
  25. Spine Course for family physicians on 24th October 2015: Managing back pain in general practice
  26. Infectious diseases Master Course, Department of Microbiology, HKU. 2017
  27. Invited speaker of the Specialty day in spine organized by the HKCOS on 24 June 2017
  28. Invited speaker of 5th Malaysia Spine Society annual congress in Melaka 2017
  29. Invited speaker and moderator of the 11th combined meeting of Asia Pacific Spine Society & Asia Pacific Paediatric Orthopaedic Society at Goa India 22-24 September 2017
  30. Invited speaker of current concepts course in spine deformity organized by the Scoliosis Research Society, Chinese Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the HKU-SZ Hospital in 13-15 October 2017
  31. Invited speaker, 1st HKU International Musculoskeletal Tumour Course 24-26 November 2017
  32. Invited speaker, 6th International MSS scientific congress 3rd-5th August 2018
  33. HKOA spine concurrent session speaker 2018
  34. Invited speaker of the 12th combined meeting of APSS and APPOS 4-6th April 2019
  35. Invited speaker of 7th International Malaysia Spine Society Scientific Congress 2nd-4th August 2019
  36. HKOA Spine concurrent session on 3rd November 2019 – Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  37. HKOA Spine Concurrent session on 1st November 2020 – Correction of the Post Tuberculosis Kyphosis
  38. Scoliosis Research Society WWC online course on 20th November 2020 – Complication of AIS surgery
  39. HKOA Spine concurrent session on 7th November 2021 – Revision Spine Surgery
  40. Combined 60th Anniversary Scientific Meeting and 17th HK International Orthopaedic Forum on 27th November 2021 – Avoidance of complications in Cervical Spine Surgery

Society affiliation

  • The Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association Spine Chapter, Asia Pacific Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society