Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, SBS, JP is the Vice-Chancellor and President of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), holding also the Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine.
Professor Sung’s research interests include gastro-intestinal bleeding, Helicobacter pylori infection, peptic ulcer, hepatitis B, and colorectal cancer. Professor Sung and his team proved the relationship between H. pylori and peptic ulcer diseases. They were first in demonstrating that a course of antibiotics lasting a week can cure H. pylori infection and successfully treat peptic ulcers and minimize their relapse. At the same time, Professor Sung and his research team pioneered the use of endoscopic treatment for ulcer bleeding to reduce the need for operative surgery. These research results have a major impact on and have changed the practice of gastroenterology worldwide. Professor Sung also led a group of experts from 15 Asia-Pacific countries to launch colorectal cancer screening research in 2004, and has laid down clear guidelines and promoted colorectal screenings in the region. Because of his work in cancer screening and prevention, he was honoured by the Prevent Cancer Foundation of the United States with the Laurel Award.
He has published over 790 full scientific articles in the foremost journals and reviewed more than 15 prestigious journals. His contributions to the advancement of medical sciences and academic development have been recognized with awards such as the Outstanding Staff and Team Award (Hospital Authority, 1998), Eminent Scientist of the Year 2003 (The International Research Promotion Council, 2003), the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award (CUHK, 2003), Silver Bauhinia Star (HKSAR Government, 2004), Cheung Kong Achievement Award (Ministry of Education, The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Li Ka Shing Foundation, 2006), The Most Outstanding Contribution Award (Clinical Therapeutics) (Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government, 2007), and the State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second-Class Award, National Office for Science and Technology Awards, PRC, 2007). He is an Honorary Member of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. In 2009, his seminal lectures on peptic ulcer bleeding won him the Marshall and Warren Lecture Award. In the same year, he has also won the Endoscopy Award of the German Society of Gastroenterology. In 2011, he was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and in 2013 he was presented with the World Outstanding Chinese Award.