Academic & Academic-related Staff

Academic & Academic-related Staff

Academic & Academic-related Staff

Dr Julie Yun CHEN

Associate Professor (Teaching), Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care/
Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education

Julie is currently Associate Professor (Teaching) jointly appointed in the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, and the Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education. She also serves as Assistant Dean (Learner Wellbeing) in the LKS Faculty of Medicine. She studied medicine at Dalhousie University and completed her training in family medicine at the University of Toronto. Julie teaches medical students across all six years of the MBBS programme in her own discipline as well as in professionalism and medical humanities. She is concerned about the fragmentation of healthcare, the loss of community and the deterioration of medical student wellbeing and believes that the simple effort of ‘asking an unscripted question’ can start bringing individuals together in a meaningful way.

Dr Alex K. Gearin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Alex K. Gearin, Ph.D., is an Australian medical anthropologist with a background researching psychedelic substance using communities in Peru, China, and Australia. Graduating from the University of Queensland in 2015, he has published ethnographic research on indigenous medicine in modern society, the intercultural ethics of medical tourism, spirituality and individualism among psychedelic healing groups, and sensory and ontological aspects of shamanism. His work is published in Current Anthropology, Social Science and Medicine, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and other leading outlets, and he is co-editor of The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Controversies and Reinventions (Routledge). He is currently writing a book on the medicinal use of ayahuasca, the Amazonian psychoactive substance, in varied global contexts. Alex is a passionate teacher and has delivered courses and workshops on cross-cultural health, bias and social justice in medicine, gift economies and personhood, happiness and well-being, and indigenous health in the modern world.

Dr Nicolette Louise RAY


(Joint Appointment with Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care)

Dr Nicolette Ray trained as a Family Medicine doctor at King’s College, London and subsequently practiced in London, in both the NHS and private sector.  She moved to Hong Kong in 2010 and has been teaching at HKU for several years. She took up a joint lecturer position in both the Department of Medical Ethics and Humanities and the Department of Family Medicine and Primary care in 2019.

Nicolette has always been interested in wellbeing and the holistic care of patients. She intercalated in nutrition and emphasised diet, exercise and emotional health when caring for her patients. More recently she has developed an interest in spiritual health. She is a regular yoga practitioner and meditator and has trained as a Reiki Master.

Nicolette lives in Hong Kong with her husband Raj, who works in HR and their 16 year old daughter. Their 21 year old son is studying the International Relations and History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Dr Abigail WRIGHT


Abi is currently the coordinator of the MBBS Medical Ethics and Law Programme. She graduated from The University of Edinburgh and following medical membership, completed specialist training in Palliative Medicine. She worked for 5 years as a medical consultant in East London, providing care for a hugely interesting, complex, diverse and multi-cultural patient population. She came to Hong Kong in 2014 with her husband’s work, with a 5-week-old baby and 2-year-old toddler. Having delivered teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels as part of her role in the UK, Abi became involved initially with ‘Professionalism in Practice’ and ‘Problem-based Learning’ and Ethical dilemmas workshops. In 2017, Abi was appointed to oversee the Medical Ethics and Law teaching in the MBBS curriculum. She has a Masters in Medical Ethics from Keele University and has a particular interest in clinical decision making at the end of life.

Mr Samson Ki-Sum WONG

Assistant Lecturer

Samson joined MEHU in the summer of 2014 and is currently an Assistant Lecturer and Programme Manager in Medical Humanities. For the last 7 years, he has played an active role in managing the development and multiple revamps of a 6-year longitudinal Medical Humanities Core Curriculum since its inauguration. Over the years, he has collaborated with more than ten community partners/NGOs to introduce various educational initiatives to the programme. Samson holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Gerontology (Distinction) at The University of Hong Kong, and an advanced certificate in corporate communications at HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education.

More recently, Samson has developed a particular interest in ageism in healthcare. In 2019-2020, he served as a partner in the University’s Geron-Infusion Education (GIE) initiative to advise on and to manage the project’s implementation in undergraduate medical education (