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Dr. Joseph Kai-man KAM (甘啟文醫生)

M.B., B.S., FRCPath 

Clinical Associate Professor, Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases


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Division of Infectious Diseases


Dr. Kam joined the Stanley Ho Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases in 2015. He obtained his Diplomate in American Board of Medical Microbiology, and then worked extensively in different medical and public health laboratories. He had served in the editorial boards of Journal of Clinical Microbiology and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Immunology and Medical Microbiology.

Dr. Kam conducts teaching in clinical and public health microbiology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has served as external consultant to national and international organizations for laboratory capacity building (in planning, design, training, monitoring) and continuous quality improvement.

Research Interest

  • Molecular epidemiology using new laboratory tools, for tuberculosis;

  • Food and water borne pathogens with clinical and public health relevance;

  • Sexually transmitted diseases with local and regional significance;

  • Vector borne diseases that are emerging and/or re-emerging


Selected Publications 

  1. Leung AKC, Leung AAM, Wong AHC, Sergi CM, Kam JKM. Giardiasis: An Overview. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2019;13(2):134-143. doi: 10.2174/1872213X13666190618124901.  PMID: 31210116

  2. Kam JKM, Wong LK, Fu KCW. Creation of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Education Program for Young Adults in Rural Cambodia. Front Public Health. 2019 Mar 14;7:50. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00050. eCollection 2019. PMID: 30923704

  3. Brengi SP, Sun Q, Bolaños H, Duarte F, Jenkins C, Pichel M, Shahnaij M, Sowers EG, Strockbine N, Talukder KA, Derado G, Viñas MR, Kam KM, Xu J. PCR-Based Method for Shigella flexneri Serotyping: International Multicenter Validation. J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Mar 28;57(4). pii: e01592-18. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01592-18. Print 2019 Apr. PMID: 30700505

  4. To KW, Kam KM, Chan DPC, Yip WH, Chan KP, Lo R, Ng S, Ngai J, Lee SS. Utility of GeneXpert in analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage samples from patients with suspected tuberculosis in an intermediate-burden setting. J Infect. 2018 Oct;77(4):296-301. doi:10.1016/j.jinf.2018.06.011. Epub 2018 Jun 30. PMID: 29964143

  5. Ho DTW, Chan DPC, Lam CY, Liang DC, Lee SS, Kam JKM. At the advancing front of Chikungunya fever in Asia: Two imported cases in Hong Kong with novel amino acid changes. J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2018 Jun;51(3):419-421. doi: 10.1016/j.jmii.2017.08.006. Epub 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28918988

  6. Kwok KO, Read JM, Tang A, Chen H, Riley S, Kam KM. A systematic review of transmission dynamic studies of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in non-hospital residential facilities. BMC Infect Dis. 2018 Apr 18;18(1):188. doi: 10.1186/s12879-018-3060-6. PMID: 29669512

  7. Law YN, Jian H, Lo NWS, Ip M, Chan MMY, Kam KM, Wu X. Low cost automated whole smear microscopy screening system for detection of acid fast bacilli. PLoS One. 2018 Jan 22;13(1):e0190988. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0190988. eCollection 2018. PMID: 2935737

  8. Nadon C, Van Walle I, Gerner-Smidt P, Campos J5, Chinen I, Concepcion-Acevedo J, Gilpin B, Smith AM, Kam KM, Perez E, Trees E, Kubota K, Takkinen J, Nielsen EM, Carleton H; FWD-NEXT Expert Panel. PulseNet International: Vision for the implementation of whole genome sequencing (WGS) for global food-borne disease surveillance. See comment in PubMed Commons below Euro Surveill. 2017 Jun 8;22(23). pii:30544. doi:10.2807/1560-7917.ES. 2017.22.23.30544.

  9. Liang D, Leung RKK, Lee SS, Kam KM. Insights into intercontinental spread of Zika virus. PLoS One. 2017 Apr 27;12(4):e0176710. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176710. eCollection 2017. PMID: 28448611

  10. Kwan TH, Lee SS, Chan DP, Cheung M, Kam KM. Assessing the risk of dengue virus transmission in a non-endemic city surrounded by endemic and hyperendemic areas. Int J Infect Dis 2017 Feb; 55:99-101. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2017.01.008. Epub 2017 Jan 16. PMID: 28104506

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