The Hong Kong Distinguished Lecture 2018


A Journey of Curiosity – Orthopaedics, Paralympics and Beyond

Guest Speaker

Dr. York Chow Yat-Ngok, GBS, SBS, MBE, JP

Dr. Chow is the Former Secretary for Food and Health, Vice-president of International Paralympics Committee and Chairman of Equal Opportunities. During his public career, he has dedicated considerable effort to improving the livelihood for disabled people in Hong Kong. As an orthopaedic surgeon by training, Dr. Chow serves a valuable role of coordinating clinical efforts with government, regulatory bodies, charitable foundations, and NGOs. Dr. Chow is now the Chief Medical Officer and Corporate Advisor of AIA Hong Kong and Macau.



26 October 2018 (Friday)


18:00 – 18:30 (Cocktail Reception)
18:30 – 19:30 (Lecture)


Cheung Kung Hai Conference Centre, G/F, William M.W. Mong Block, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, 21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong


Entering the University of Hong Kong in the 1960s was the dream of every secondary student. The Faculty of Medicine was full of inspirational teachers and mentors, and one aspired to become just like them. To learn, to explore, to discover, and to innovate became the life-long desire of a medical student-turned-orthopaedic surgeon. The early years of clinical practice revealed significant inadequacies in surgical techniques and technologies at the time, often resulting in unsatisfactory clinical outcomes. Through unexpected opportunities and pure luck, I was able to fulfill part of this dream to improve patient outcomes and livelihoods, and coincidentally was introduced to the Paralympic Movement. With a series of successes and failures, and with the help of many remarkable friends and mentors, lessons were learned and the courage to reform was strengthened. This journey as a disruptor continued through the Hospital Authority, the Government and the community, always with hopes to improve the lives and equality of patients and citizens, through continuous learning and motivation, while developing the infrastructure and environment for sustainable success, and supporting the new generation. This journey continues…

Target audience



Ms Jenny Tam (2255 5085 /
Ms Tiffany Yuen (2255 5165 /

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Supported by Lap-Chee College, Jockey Club Student Village III, The University of Hong Kong