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Professor Samuel Yeung-shan WONG (黃仰山教授)

MD (U. of Toronto), MD (CUHK), MPH (Johns Hopkins), CCFP, FRACGP, FHKCCM, FFPH (UK), FCFP, FHKAM (Community Medicine), FHKAM (Family Medicine)


Professor and Head, Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare;

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care;







Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare





Professor Samuel Wong is a clinician with training in both Family Medicine and Public Health. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Toronto and completed his Family Medicine residency training in Canada. He 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 is the Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care and Head of the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Healthcare of the School.  At the same time, he is the Director of the Master of Public Health Programme and Thomas Jing Centre for Mindfulness Research and Training. He has been appointed as the Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Medicine since July 2019. 

Professor Wong’s research interests include evaluating and developing mindfulness- based and mental health interventions in primary care; evaluating primary care services and developing primary care service models as well as multimorbidity.

He has published more than 160 original papers in international peer-reviewed journals including Annals of Family Medicine, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (impact factor: 13.12), British Journal of Psychiatry and JAMA Internal Medicine and was the Principal Investigator of 18 external competitive research grants (General Research Fund and Health and Medical Research Fund) and commissioned research amounting to HK$ 17 million. He has also received HK$ 66 million in donation for developing primary care models for older adults with multiple chronic conditions as well as mindfulness interventions for common mental health conditions. He has supervised/co-supervised 10 PhD students to completion and has contributed 5 book chapters and co-edited the Oxford Textbook of Public Mental Health published by the Oxford University Press in 2018. He is a member of the editorial/advisory board/section editor of three international scientific journals including the British Journal of General Practice (since 2011), PLOS-One (since 2018) and BMC Family Practice (since 2014).

For government and public services, he is Consultant (Honorary) in Family Medicine of the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and has been appointed by the HKSAR government as a member of the Expert Panel in Primary Healthcare and Non-communicable Disease (2018-2020), Steering Committee on Primary Healthcare Development (2017-2020), Advisory Council on Food and Environmental Hygiene (2015-2021) and 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 (2016-2019).

He was an External Examiner in Family Medicine for the University of Malaya (2011) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2017) in Malaysia as well as the College of Family Physicians in Singapore (2018). 

Research Interest

  • Mental health and primary care interventions

  • Mindfulness related interventions

  • Multimorbidity

  • Health Services Research

  • 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 


  1. Wong SYS, Sun YY, Chan AT, Leung MK, Chao DV, Li CC, Chan KK, Tang WK, Mazzucchelli T, Au AM. Treating Subthreshold Depression in Primary Care: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Behavioral Activation With Mindfulness. Annals of Family Medicine 2018, 16(2):111-119. doi: 10.1370/afm.2206

  2. Wong SY, Zou D, Chung RY, Sit RW, Zhang D, Chan D, Yeoh EK, Woo JW. Regular Source of Care for the Elderly: A Cross-National Comparative Study of Hong Kong With 11 Developed Countries. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2017 Jun 21.

  3. Wong SYS, Zhang D, Li CC, Yip BH, Chan DC, Ling Y, Lo CS, Woo DM, Sun Y, Ma H, Mak WW, Gao T, Lee TM, Wing Y. Comparing the Effects of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Sleep Psycho-Education with Exercise on Chronic Insomnia: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 2017;86(4):241-253. doi: 10.1159/000470847. Epub 2017 Jun 24.

  4. Tsoi KKF, Chan JYC, Hirai HW, Wong SYS. Comparison of diagnostic performance of Two-Question screen and 15 depression screening instruments for older adults: systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry 2017; doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.116.186932.

  5. 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 

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Wang HHX, Wong SYS*, Wong MCS, Wei XL, Wang JJ, Li DKT, Tang JL, Gao GY, Griffiths SM.  Patients’ experiences in different models of community health centers in southern China. Annals of Family Medicine 2013; 517-526. doi:10.1370/afm.1545.

  9. Hou J, Wong SYS*, 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 

  10. Wong SY, 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

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