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Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Academic 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 Olivia MY NGAN

Research Assistant Professor

Dr Olivia Ngan has a multidisciplinary background in neuroscience (BS, University in Michigan – Ann Arbor), bioethics (MS, Columbia University), and public health (PhD, Chinese University of Hong Kong). Prior to joining the Unit in 2022, she was a lecturer and bioethics co-ordinator (pre-clinical curriculum) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

She has a research interest in reproductive health, public health genomics, rare diseases, and empirical bioethics. Her primary work explores ethical issues in the translational application of emerging technologies in genomic medicine and healthcare services, including reproductive technologies, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and newborn screening. In her doctoral work, she employed a mixed method study, looking at the public health and social implication of non-invasive parental test (NIPT) screening for chromosomal aneuploidy in the two-tiered healthcare system. At present, she is collaborating with Hong Kong Children’s Hospital to explore public receptivity towards the storage of dried blood spot cards and whole-genome sequencing newborn screening. She is also interested in examining how the pandemic exacerbates health issues among vulnerable populations. Over the years, she has authored books and published papers in international peer-reviewed journals in public health, healthcare research, ethics, and medical education.

In addition to research, she is also passionate about cultivating ethical sensitivity among medical students. She awards courseware and teaching development grants in the capacity of PI, leading bioethics learning activities outside the classroom. She also provides supervision for undergraduate and postgraduate student projects related to medical ethics and medical education, such as moral distress.

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Dr Pauline Po-Ling LUK

Lecturer

(Joint Appointment with Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education)

Dr. Po Ling Pauline, LUK is a Lecturer in the Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education and the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit. She is a health communication scholar and researcher. She is involving in online curriculum design and project coordination for students’ experiential learnings and student partnerships. She also teaches in diversified courses that involve multiple skillsets, e.g. problem-based learning for medical students, interdisciplinary health research projects for medical and nursing students, inter-professional education courses for multidisciplinary students, and communication courses for Masters students in Public Health, Nursing, and undergraduate students in the English Language.

She began facilitating medical humanities courses in 2021-22, for health diversity and ageing related topics.  She engaged in a medical history immersive theatre performance project that involved HKU students from different faculties in January 2022.

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Dr Abigail WRIGHT

Lecturer

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.

Dr Ria SINHA

Lecturer

Dr. Ria Sinha is a Lecturer in the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit at the University of Hong Kong where she coordinates History of Medicine teaching and learning. She trained in biology and parasitology at King’s College London and gained a PhD from Imperial College London in collaboration with Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC) in the Netherlands. Specialising in vector-borne diseases, her doctoral work focused on the development of transgenic malaria parasites to advance transmission blocking vaccine development. Her research and teaching at HKU has expanded into interdisciplinary research that considers the complex and dynamic sociocultural, ecological, historical, technological, and medico-scientific determinants of infectious disease emergence and management. She is currently curating the Covid-19 Archive Project to document the coronavirus pandemic, and is completing a book on the History of Malaria in Hong Kong.

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Mr Samson Ki-Sum WONG

Assistant Lecturer

Ki Sum (Samson) holds a Masters in Gerontology (Distinction) and he specializes in experiential learning/ ageing infusion education in the medical curriculum. In 2018-21, Samson served as faculty delegate and collaborator in a cross-University “Infusion Active Ageing Education” project co-developed by HKU Sau Po Centre on Ageing and HKPolyU Institute of Active Ageing, funded by ZeShan Foundation. Samson managed the project’s development in the MBBS curriculum. Samson enjoys experiment with unusual pedagogies for learning medical humanities – In 2021-22, he led a TDG project which adapted photo-elicitation for teaching, and a GHELF project that brought students to a cooking studio for learning dysphagia. His project team has received 3rd Prize at HKU Teaching & Learning Festival 2022.

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