Prof. Gerald CHOA, Our Founding Dean

Prof. Gerald CHOA
Prof. Gerald CHOA, our Founding Dean
The name - Professor Gerald Choa - is synonymous with the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His former students - many now holding high ranking positions in the private and public sectors - remember him fondly and say he had a deeply “caring heart”.

But more importantly, the late Professor Choa is remembered for being instrumental in setting up the Faculty of Medicine in 1981, five years after he joined CUHK. He was its Founding Dean and Chair Professor of Administrative Medicine, eventually becoming Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1 March 1979 to 28 February 1981.
Professor Choa guided every aspect of planning for the Faculty of Medicine. He established a teaching hospital - what was to become the Prince of Wales Hospital; developed the curriculum and recruited academic and research staff. In 1986, he proudly witnessed the graduation of the Faculty’s first batch of medical graduates. From then on, there was no stopping the Faculty from evolving into a world-renowned teaching institute of medicine.

Professor Choa had great expectations of CUHK’s medical graduates - eliciting no less than a high degree of professional competency from them and a commitment to the highest ethical and moral standards.

Professor Choa received his MBBS and MD degrees from the University of Hong Kong, and was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FRCP London), a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCP Edinburgh) and a Fellow of the Faculty of Community Medicine (FFCM).