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Prof. Billy Chi-fai CHIU


MBBS (HK), FHKCFP, FRACGP, PdipCommunityGeriatrics (Hong Kong), PDipIntMed&Therapeutics (HKU), PDipComPsychMed (HK),

MPH (HK), FHKAM (Family Medicine)

Associate Professor of Practice in Family Medicine


Dr Billy CHIU is a Family Medicine Specialist with over 20 years of clinical experience having worked in both the public (the Hospital Authority) and private sector (Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital) in Hong Kong. He has joined the Chinese University Medical Centre as a Consultant / senior manager and Associate Professor of Practice since 2019.


He obtained the Master of Public Health (Administrative Medicine), the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Psychological Medicine, the Postgraduate Diploma in Community Geriatrics and the Postgraduate Diploma in Internal Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Hong Kong. He has been an active Council member of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians since 2009 and his main role includes maintaining the standard of postgraduate education and training of family medicine in Hong Kong.


His teaching philosophy stems from both his personal experiences and through his interaction with medical students over the past 20 years. He adopts the student-oriented approach in medical education and believes that the role of a clinician teacher is to identify individual student’s specific learning needs and to facilitate student’s learning through learner-centred teaching methods. His goal in medical education is to cultivate the optimal learning environment to show students how to provide holistic care to patients in clinical practice such that students can learn the attributes of being a “5-star doctor” which includes being an astute diagnostician, being up-to-date in medical knowledge, being a good communicator, being an advocate for patients, and demonstrating appropriate use of health resources. Dr CHIU has been awarded faculty teaching medal by the University of Hong Kong in 2011.


Upon joining CU Medical Centre, Dr Chiu has been playing an active role in the commissioning and management of the private hospital which has a social mission to serve the public by enabling private healthcare services in Hong Kong to be more affordable and to bridge the gap between the private public services.

Research Interests

  • Administrative medicine

  • Mental health

  • Medical education

Selected Publications

  1. Billy CF Chiu. Audit on the practice of anticipatory care. HK Pract 2008;30:177-184.

  2. Cowling BJ, Fung RO, Cheng CK, Fang VJ, Chan KH, Seto WH, Yung R, Chiu B, Lee P, Uyeki TM, Houck PM, Peiris JS, Leung GM. Preliminary findings of a randomized trial of non-pharmaceutical interventions to prevent influenza transmission in households. PLoS One. 2008 May 7;3(5):e2101.

  3. Cowling BJ, Chan KH, Fang VJ, Cheng CK, Fung RO, Wai W, Sin J, Seto WH, Yung R, Chu DW, Chiu BC, Lee PW, Chiu MC, Lee HC, Uyeki TM, Houck PM, Peiris JS, Leung GM. Facemasks and hand hygiene to prevent influenza transmission in households: a cluster randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2009 Oct 6;151(7):437-46. Epub 2009 Aug

  4. Yvonne YC Lo, Cindy LK Lam, Tai-pong Lam, Albert Lee, Ruby Lee, Billy Chiu, Joyce Tang, David Chao, Augustine Lam, Kitty Chan. Hong Kong primary care morbidity survey 2007-2008. HK Pract 2010;32:17-26.

  5. Chin WY, Lam CL, Wong SY, Lo YY, Fong DY, Lam TP, Lee PW, Wong JW, Chiu BC, Chan KT. The epidemiolpgy and natural history of depressive disorders in Hong Kong’s primary care. BMC Fam Pract. 2011 Nov 24; 12: 129.

  6. Billy CF Chiu. A case report on superior mesenteric vein thrombosis. HK Pract 2012;34(1): 26.

  7. Julie Y Chen, William CW Wong, Billy CF Chiu; Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care, The University of Hong Kong. Strengthening evidence-based family medicine in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Med J 2012;18:540-1.

  8. Weng Yee Chin, Kit TY Chan, Cindy LK Lam, Samuel YS Wong, Daniel YT Fong, Yvonne YC Lo, Tai Pong Lam, Billy CF Chiu. Detection and management of depression in adult primary care patients in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional survey conducted by a primary care practice-based research network. BMC Family Practice. 2014,15:30.

  9. Chiu, CF and 趙志輝, 2016. A systematic review of screening and treatment for depression among Chinese patients in primary care setting. HKU Theses Online ( HKUTO ).

  10. Billy CCF, Yee CW ( 2018) Systematic review and Meta-analysis on the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) for depression screening in Chinese primary care patients. Fam Med Care 1: doi: 10.15761/FMC.100105.

Last Updated: 22 June 2020