Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Paul K H Tam
MBBS HK; ChM Liv; FRCS Eng, Edin, Glas and Ire; FRCPCH; FHKAM (Surgery)

Tel: (852) 2859 8000
Fax: (852) 2549 8370

Professor Tam assists and deputizes the President/Vice-Chancellor in the management of the University, especially in the areas relating to strategic planning, academic development, allocation of resources, human resource planning, and other strategic initiatives.


Professor Paul Kwong Hang TAM, MBBS(HK); ChM(Liv); FRCS(Eng, Edin, Glas, and Ire); FRCPCH; FHKAM (Surgery) is a surgeon, scientist, educator and university leader. He has been Chair of Paediatric Surgery at The University of Hong Kong since 1996 and Li Shu-Pui Professor in Surgery since 2013.

Professor Tam graduated from The University of Hong Kong in 1976, and worked in the Department of Surgery until 1986. He was Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool in 1986-90, and Reader and Director of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Oxford in 1990-96. Professor Tam has special interests in minimal invasive surgery, genetics and regenerative medicine of birth defects such as Hirschsprung’s disease. He has published over 369 articles in internationally refereed journals with 18058 citations and h-index = 43 (Scopus), is ranked amongst the top 1% of most-cited scientists (ESI) and has been awarded grants totaling > US$20m. He serves on many international professional associations and was President of the Pacific Association of Paediatric Surgeons (2008-2009). He also serves on editorial boards of several international journals including the Journal of Pediatric Surgery as the Associate Editor.

He has given invited lectures at APSA, BAPS, EUPSA, AAPS and Days of Molecular Medicine 2012, etc. He has received numerous awards including the BAPS Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award (AAPS) and Honorary Fellowship of the American Surgical Association. He is happily married to Amy for 34 years with 2 lovely daughters.