Professor Samuel Yeung-shan WONG (黃仰山教授)
MD (U. of Toronto), MD (CUHK), MPH (Johns Hopkins), CCFPC (Canada), FRACGP (Australia), FHKCCM (HK), FHKAM, FCFPC (Canada) 

Associate Director (Undergraduate Education), JC School of Public Health and Primary Care;
Head, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare;

Associate Director (Family & Primary Care), Hong Kong Institute of integrative Medicine ; and Professor


Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Professor Samuel Wong received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto and completed his residency training in Family Medicine in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Family Practice and a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine & Fellow of the Academy of Medicine in Hong Kong. He has also completed the Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University, USA and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) research degree at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.  

He has been the Head of the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare and the Associate Director in Undergraduate Education of the School of Public Health and Primary Care since 2009. He is an honorary Consultant in Family Medicine, Department of Family Medicine of the New Territories East Cluster of the Hospital Authority. He has also been appointed by the HKSAR government as a member of the Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene and as a member of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on Primary Care Directory, Advisory Group on Hong Kong Reference Framework for Preventive Care for Children and for Older Adults in Primary Care Settings of the Department of Health. 

Professor Wong’s research interests include evaluating and developing mindfulness based interventions and other mental health interventions for common health problems in primary care and evaluating primary care health services and developing primary care service models for elderly people with multiple chronic conditions. He is a member of the editorial/advisory board of three international scientific journals and has obtained more than HK$17million in research funds in the capacity of principal investigator. He has recently received HK$18 million in donations for the development of community primary care programme for improving the care of the disadvantaged in the community and in improving the care of the elderly with multimorbidity in Hong Kong.

Teaching Modules
Undergraduate teaching in family medicine and public health
  • Family Medicine and Community Medicine Module in Medical Year 5; 
  • Coordinator for Medical Year Five Curriculum; 
  • Public Health of the Faculty Package 
  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Final Year Project supervision, Social and Behavioral Health)
Postgraduate Teaching
  • Postgraduate teaching in Master of Public Health (Introductory lecture);
  • Postgraduate supervision (capstone) of Master of Public Health 
  • Postgraduate supervision of PhD students 
Postgraduate Supervision

Graduated PhD students
  • SUN Yuying, Grace (2013-2016) Supervision of PhD (full time student);Research Project “The effectiveness of group behavioural activation in the treatment of subthreshold depression in Hong Kong.

  • NGAN, Miu Yung Olivia (2012-2016) Co-Supervision of PhD (full time student): Research Project: “Public Health Implication of DNA-Sequencing Based Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) Implementation for Down Syndrome in Hong Kong”

  • YU, Yuanyuan (2012-2016) Co-Supervision of PhD (full time student); Research Project: “A novel traditional Chinese meidicne for asymptomatic microscopic hematuria in children: a randomized controlled trial”, Graduated in 2016

  • LUO, Tongyong (2012-2015) Supervision of PhD (full time student);Research Project “Neisseria gonorrhoeae resistance to the third-generation cephalosporins in Hong Kong and Guangdong, China” Graduated in 2015 

  • WONG Yuk Shim Doris (2007-2015) PhD (part-time student) in Social Medicine. Research Project “The relationship between social support, parental stress and coping among autistic parents” Graduated in 2015 

  • YUAN, Qi (2012-2015) Co-supervision of PhD (full time student); Research Project “Promoting mental well-being among Hong Kong general working population through a web-based positive psychology intervention package – its effectiveness and economic analysis” Graduated in 2015

  • ZHANG, Dexing (2010-2013) PhD (full time student) in Public Health; Research Project “Prevention of anxiety and depression in Chinese: A randomized clinical trial testing the feasibility and effectiveness of a generic stepped care programme in primary care” Graduated in 2013

  • HOU Jing Rebecca(2009-2012) PhD (full time student) in Social Medicine; Research Project "the evaluation of mindfulness based stress reduction among caregivers of people with chronic conditions” Graduated in 2012

Current PhD Students
  • Zou Dan (2016-present) Supervision of PhD (full-time student) in Public Health; Research Project: “Multimorbidity and Mental Health Problems in Primary Care”

  • Michael Wong (2016-present) Co-Supervision of PhD (full-time student) in Public Health; Research Project: “Dementia Screening Tools”

  • Aaroy Chan (2016-present) Supervision of PhD (part-time student) in Public Health; Research Project: “Effectiveness of behavioral activation and mindfulness in the treatment of major depression in primary care”

  • LUI, Wacy (2013-present) Supervision of PhD (part-time student) in Public Health; Research Project: “Evaluation of Mindful Practice for healthcare workers” Expected to graduate in 2018 

  • WANG Dan (2015-present) Co-Supervision of PhD (full time student) in Public Health; Research Project: “Green Space and Elderly Health” Expected to graduate in 2019 

  • CHAN Kam Chung Stanley (2015-present) Supervision of PhD (part-time student) in Public Health; Research Project:“Effectiveness of MYMIND for children with ADHD and their parents. Expected to graduate in 2020
Research Interests
  • Evaluation of mental health and primary care interventions
  • Mindfulness related interventions
  • Evaluation of primary care services using patient satisfaction survey and the primary care assessment tool (PCAT)
  • Men’s health
Recent funded research projects include:
  • The effectiveness of group behavioural activation in the treatment of subthreshold depression in primary care in Hong Kong
  • A randomized, controlled clinical trial: the effects of mindfulness-based stress reduction program on the reduction of menopausal symptoms among Chinese peri-menopausal and post-menopausal women in the community
  • A Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial: The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy on Chronic Insomnia among Chinese patients in the community
  • A randomized controlled clinical trial: the effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on generalized anxiety disorder and health service utilization among Chinese patients in primary care.
  • The effect of a mindfulness based stress reduction programme on immune status in caregivers with chronic psychosocial stress in Hong Kong: a randomized controlled trial.
  • A randomized controlled clinical trial on the effect of mindfulness based stress reduction on pain and quality of life in patients with chronic pain.
  • Prevention of anxiety and depression in Chinese: a randomized clinical trial testing the feasibility and effectiveness of a generic stepped care programme in primary care
  • Chronic psychosocial stress: do they modulate immunity to influenza vaccine in Hong Kong Chinese elderly?
  • Prevalence and risk factors of mood disorders and genitourinary problems in aging men.
Selected Publications

Mental Health

Chan ATY, Sun GYY, Tam WWS, Tsoi KKF, Wong SYS. The effectiveness of group-based behavioral activation in the treatment of depression: an updated meta-analysis of randomized controlled trial. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016; doi:

Zhang, D., Chan, S. K. C., Lo, H. H. M., Chan, C. Y. H., Chan, J. C. Y., Ting, K. T., ... & Wong, S. Y. S. Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Chinese Children with ADHD and Their Parents: a Pilot Mixed-Method Study. Mindfulness, 1-14

Lo HMH, WONG SYS, Wong JYH, Wong SWL, Yeung JWK. The effect of a family-based mindfulness intervention on children with attention deficit and hyperactivity symptoms and their parents: Design and rationale for a randomized controlled clinical trial. BMC Psychiatry 2016; 16:65, doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0773-1.

Wong SYS, Yip BHK, Mak WWS, Mercer S, Cheung EYL, Ling CYM, Lui WWS, Tang WK, Lo HHM, Wu JCY, Lee TMC, Gao T, Griffiths SM, Chan PHS, Ma HSW. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy versus Group Psychoeducation for People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. British Journal of Psychiatry 2016, 209 (1) 68-75; DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.115.1661245  

Zhang DX, Lewis G, Araya R, Tang WK, Mak WWS, Cheung FMC, Mercer SW, Griffiths SM, Woo J, Lee DTF, Kung K, Lam AT, Yip BHK, Wong SYS (corresponding author). Prevention of anxiety and depression in Chinese: a randomized clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a stepped care program in primary care. Journal of Affective Disorders 2014;  212-220   

Hou RJ, Wong SYS (corresponding author), Lo HHM, Mak WWS, Ma HSW. Validation of a Chinese Version of the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire in Hong Kong and Development of a Short Form. Assessment. 2013. DOI: 10.1177/1073191113485121     

Hou J, Wong SYS (corresponding author), Yip, BHK, Lo HHM, Chan, PHS, Lo, CSL, Kwok, TCY, Tang, WK, Mak, WWS, Mercer, SW, Ma, HSW.: Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program Improves Family Caregivers’ Mental Well-being: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychotherapy & Psychosomatics 2013; 83:45-53  

Wong SYS, Wong, CK, Chan, FW, Chan, PK, Ngai, K, Mercer, S, Woo, J. Chronic psychological stress: does it modulate immunity to the influenza vaccine in Hong Kong Chinese elderly caregivers? Age 2012; DOI: 10.1007/s11357-012-9449

Wong SYS, Mak WWS, Cheung ELY, Ling CYM, Lui WWS, Tang WK, Wong RLP, Lo HHM, Mercer S and Ma HSW. A randomized, controlled clinical trial: the effect of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy on generalized anxiety disorder among Chinese community patients: protocol for a randomized trial. BMC Psychiatry 2011, 11:187 doi:10.1186/1471-244X-11-187

Wong SYS, Chan FW, Wong RL, Chu MC, Lam KYY, Mercer SW, and Ma SH: Comparing the Effectiveness of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction and Multidisciplinary Intervention Programs for Chronic Pain A Randomized Comparative Trial. Clinical Journal of Pain.2011; 27(8):724-734

Wong SYS, Leung JC, Leung PC, Woo J. Depressive symptoms and change in abdominal obesity in the elderly: positive or negative association? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2011; 19: 730-742

Wong SYS, Mercer SM, Leung J, Woo J. The relationship between clinically relevant depressive symptoms and episodes and duration of all cause hospitalization in Southern Chinese elderly. Journal of Affective Disorder. 2009;113(3):272-278. 

Samuel YS Wong, Steward W Mercer, Jean Woo, Jason Leung.  The influence of multi-morbidity and self-reported socio-economic standing on the prevalence of depression in an elderly Hong Kong population. BMC Public Health.  2008; 8:119.

S.Y.S. Wong,  J. Woo, E. Lau, H. Lynn, A Hong, YN Tang, PC Leung. Clinically relevant depressive symptoms and peripheral arterial disease in elderly men and women. Results from a large cohort study in Southern China. Journal of Psychosomatic Research.  2007 Nov: 63(5):471-6.

Samuel Y.S. Wong, Athena Hong, Jason Leung, Timothy Kwok, Ping C. Leung, Jean Woo.  Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms and Depressive Symptoms in Elderly Man.  Journal of Affective Disorders. 2006 Nov; 96(1-2):83-8.

J Woo, H Lynn, W Lau, E Lau, SYS Wong, J Leung, T Kwok.  Nutrient intake and psychological health in an elderly Chinese population.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2006; 21: 1036-43. 

Samuel YS Wong, Dicken Chan, Athena Hong, Ping Chung Leung, Jean Woo. Depression and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms: Two important correlates of erectile dysfunction in middle-aged men in Hong Kong, China. International Journal of Urology.  2006 Oct; 13(10):1304-10. 

SYS Wong, D Chan, J Woo, PC Leung. Depressive symptoms in middle-aged men: Results from a household survey in Hong Kong. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2006 Jun; 92: 215-20. 

Samuel YS Wong, Jean Woo, Henry SH Lynn, Jason Leung, YN Tang, PC Leung. Risk of depression in patients with COPD: Results from two large cohort studies in Chinese elderly from Hong Kong. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 2006 Mar;21(3):233-8. 

Samuel Y.S. Wong, Edith M.C. Lau, Henry Lynn, PC Leung, Jean Woo, Steve R. Cummnings, Eric Orwoll. Depression and bone mineral density: Is there a relationship in elderly Asian men. Results from Mr. Os Hong Kong.  Osteoporosis International 2005 Jun; 16(6): 610-5. 

Wong SYS, Au BSK, Lau EMC, Lee LM, Sham A, Lee S. Osteoporosis in Chinese Patients with Anorexia Nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders 2004 July; 36(1): 104-8. 


Family Medicine and Primary Care

Chung RY, Mercer SW, Yip BH, Chan SW, Lai FT, Wang HH, Wong MC, Wong CK, Sit RW, Yeoh EK, Wong SY. The association between types of regular primary care and hospitalization among people with and without multimorbidity: a household survey on 25,780 Chinese. Scientific Reports 2016; 6:29758. doi: 10.1038/srep29758

Van Weel C, Kassai R, Tsoi GW, Hwang SJ, Cho K, Wong SY, Phui-Nah C, Jiang S, Li M, Goodyear-Smith F. Evolving health policy for primary care in the Asia Pacific region. British Journal of General Practice 2016; 66: e451-3. doi: 10.3399/bjgp16X685513.

Chung VCH, Yip BHK, Griffiths SM, Yu ELM. Liu S, Ho RST, Wu X, Leung AWN, Sit RWS,Wu JCY, Wong SYS (corresponding author). Patients experience of Chinese medicine primary care services: implications on improving coordination and continuity care. Scientific Reports 2015; 5:18853. doi:10.1038/srep18853 

Chung RY, Mercer S, Lai FTT, Yip BHK, Wong MCS, Wong SYS. Socioeconomic Determinants of multimorbidity: a population based household survey of Hong Kong Chinese. PLoS One 2015; 10(10): e0140040. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140040

Wang HHX, Wang JJ, Wong SYS (Corresponding author), Wong MCS, Mercer SW, Griffiths SM. The development of urban community health centres for strengthening primary care in China: a systematic literature review. British Medical Bulletin 2015; 116(1): 139-54. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldv043

Wei XL, Li HT, Yang N, Wong SYS, Chong MCS, Shi L, Wong MCS, Xu J, Zhang D, Tang J, Li DKT, Meng Q, Griffiths SM. Changes in the perceived quality of primary care in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China: a difference-in-difference analysis. Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2015; 93(6):407-416.

Owolabi O, Zhang Z, Wei X, Yang N, Li H, Wong SYS, Wong MCS, Yip, W, Griffiths, S. Patients' socioeconomic status and their evaluations of primary care in Hong Kong. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013;13:487

Wei XL, Li HT, Yang N, Wong SYS (corresponding author), Owolabi O, Xu JG, Shi LY, Tang JL, Li D, Griffiths SM. Comparing quality of public primary care between Hong Kong and Shanghai using validated patient assessment tools. PLoS One 2015. 10(3): e0121269. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0121269.

Wang HHX, Wang JJ, Lawson K, Wong SYS, Wong MCS, Li FJ, Wang PX, Zhou ZH, Zhu CY, Yeong YQ, Griffiths S, Mercer SW. Relationships of Multimorbidity and Income with Hospital Admissions in 3 Health Care Systems. Annals of Family Medicine 2015. 13(2): 164-167. doi: 10.1370/afm.1757.

Wang HHX, Wong SYS (corresponding author), Wong MCS, Wang JJ, Wei XL, Li DKT, Tang JL, Griffiths SM.  Attributes of primary care in community health centres in China and implications for equitable care: a cross-sectional measurement of patients' experiences. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine 2014. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcu248   

Wang HHX, Wong SYS (corresponding author), Wong MCS, Wei XL, Wang JJ, Li DKT, Tang JL, Gao GY, Griffiths SM.  Comparison of primary care experiences among adults in different organizational and ownership models of Community Health Centres in Southern China.  Ann Fam Med 2013 2013; 517-526. doi:10.1370/afm.1545

Wong M, Wang H, Wong S, Wei X, Yang N, Zhang Z, Li H, Gao G, Li D, Tang J, Wang J, Griffiths S (2012).  Performance comparison among the major healthcare financing systems in six cities of the Pearl River Delta Region, Mainland China. PLoS ONE pp.30.2012.06

Wong SYS, Kung K, Wong MC, Wong C, Tsui W, Chan K, Liang J, Lee NL, Cheung AW, Wong EL: Primary care physicians’ response to pandemic influenza in Hong Kong: a mixed quantitative and qualitative study. Internal Journal of Infectious Diseases 2012; 16: e687-91 

Wong SYS, Wong EL, Chor J, Kung K, Chan PK, Wong C, Griffiths SM. Willingness to accept H1N1 pandemic influenza vaccine: a cross-sectional study of Hong Kong community nurses. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2010; 10:316. 

Wong ELY, Wong SYS, Kung K, Cheung AWL, Gao TT, Griffiths SM. Will the community nurse continue to function during H1N1 influenza pandemic: a cross-sectional study of Hong Kong Community nurses?  BMC Health Services Research. 2010;10:107. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-10-107 

Wong SYS, Kung K, Griffiths SM, Carthy T, Wong MCS, Lo SV, Chung VCH, Goggins W, Starfield B. Comparison of primary care experiences among adults in general outpatient clinics and private general practice clinics in Hong Kong. BMC Public Health. 2010;10:397.

Wong SYS, Cheung AKY, Lee A, Cheung N, Leung A, W Wong, Chan K. Improving general practitioners’ interviewing skills in managing patients with depression and anxiety: A  randomized clinical trial. Medical Teachers. 2007 Jul; 29(6):e175-e183.

Samuel YS Wong, Karen Lee, Kenneth Chan, Albert Lee. What are the barriers faced by general practitioners in treating depression and anxiety in Hong Kong? International Journal of Clinical Practice 2006 Apr; 60(4): 437-41.  

Samuel Y.S. Wong, William Wong, Liisa Jaakkimainen, Susan Bondy, Kwong K. Tsang, Albert Lee. Primary Care Physicians in Hong Kong and Canada-how did their practices differ during the SARS epidemic? Family Practice 2005 Aug; 22(4): 361-6.  

W.Wong, A. Lee, K.K. Tsang, S.Y.S. Wong. How did general practitioners protect themselves, their family and staff during the SARS epidemic in Hong Kong? Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2004 Mar; 58(3): 180-185.  


Men's Health

Chung RY, Leung JCS, Chan DCC, Woo J, Wong CKM, Wong SYS (corresponding author). Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) as a risk factor for depressive symptoms in elderly men: results from a large prospective study in southern Chinese men. PLoS One,2013, 8(9): e76017. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0076017

Wong SYS, Leung JC, Kwok T, Ohlsson C, Vandenput L, Leung PC and Woo J. Low DHEAS levels are associated with depressive symptoms in elderly Chinese men: results from a large study. Asian Journal of Andrology 2011; 13: 898-902

Wong SYS, Leung J, Woo J. Sexual activity, erectile dysfunction and their correlates among 1566 older Chinese men in Southern China. Journal of Sexual medicine. 2009;6(1):74-80. 

Wong SYS, Leung JCS, Woo J. A prospective study on the association between Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) and Erectile Dysfunction: Results from a large study in Southern China. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 2009;6(7):2024-2031.

Samuel Yeung Shan Wong, Winny Lau, Ping Chung Leung, Jason Chin Shun Leung, Jean Woo.  The association between isoflavone and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in elderly man. British Journal of Nutrition. 2007; 98: 1237-1242.

SYS Wong, J Woo, A Hong, PC Leung, E Orwoll. Risk factors for Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) in Southern Chinese men. Urology 2006; 68(5): 1009-14.

Samuel Y.S. Wong, Dicken C.C. Chan, Athena Hong, Jean Woo. Prevalence and risk factors for Androgen deficiency in middle aged men in Hong Kong. Metabolism.  2006 Nov;55(11):1488-94. 

J Woo, H Lynn, SYS Wong, A Hong, YN Tang, WY Lau, E Lau, E Orwoll, TCY Kwok. Correlates for a low ankle-brachial index in elderly Chinese. Atherosclerosis 2006 June; 186(2): 360-6.