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Prof Samuel Yeung-shan WONG 黃仰山教授


Prof. Samuel Yeung-shan WONG

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




ORCID: 0000-0003-0934-6385

Scopus Author ID: 21741577200

ResearcherID: D-7311-2013


  • 香港中文大學醫學院副院長 (教育)

  • 香港中文大學敬霆靜觀研究與培訓中心總監

  • 香港中文大學醫學院精神科學系教授 (禮任)

  • 香港中文大學健康公平研究所高級研究學者


Professor Samuel Wong is a clinician with training and experience in both Family Medicine and Public Health. He earned his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Toronto and completed his Family Medicine residency in Canada. Furthering his education, he obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University in the USA and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) research degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).

Currently, Professor Wong serves as the Director of the School of Public Health and Primary Care at CUHK, where he also directs the Master of Public Health Programme and the Thomas Jing Centre for Mindfulness Research and Training. Since July 2019, he has held the position of Associate Dean (Education) at the Faculty of Medicine at CUHK. His international roles include being a Global Faculty Member of the Stanford Medicine Centre for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) since 2022. In recognition of his contributions, Professor Wong was awarded the Faculty of Medicine Outstanding Fellowship in 2021. His research interests are primarily focused on the evaluation and development of mindfulness-based and mental health interventions in primary care, as well as the evaluation and development of primary care services and models, particularly in the context of multimorbidity.

Professor Wong has published over 370 peer-reviewed papers in international journals has also been successful in securing substantial research funding, with more than 160 million Hong Kong dollars (approximately 20.5 million US dollars, given the exchange rate of 1 US$ = 7.8 HK$) in external competitive research grants and donations for various community interventions aimed at improving mental health and primary care. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Thomas Jing Centre for Mindfulness Research and Training in 2018. The Centre has since served 15,000 individuals with various mental health issues and provided mindfulness training for professionals in the region.

Professor Wong has also contributed to academia through the supervision of 10 PhD students to completion and has authored 5 book chapters. He co-edited the Oxford Textbook of Public Mental Health, which won the Best Book Award by the British Medical Association Medical Book Awards 2019 (First Prize in Psychiatry category). He has also been an External Examiner in Family Medicine for various universities and has reviewed grants for international and local research funding bodies.

In terms of public service, Professor Wong has served the Hong Kong SAR Government in various capacities, including as a member of the Steering Committee of the Primary Care Development and other advisory councils and committees related to health and environmental hygiene. He has also been involved in education and accreditation committees for medical and dental councils in Hong Kong. In addition to his academic and research responsibilities, Professor Wong provides clinical services in Family Medicine for the Hospital Authority as an Honorary Consultant in Family Medicine.


  • Mental health and primary care interventions

  • Mindfulness related interventions

  • Multimorbidity

  • Health Services Research

  • Men’s health


  • The effects of mindfulness-based intervention for loneliness on older adults: a randomised controlled trial. General Research Fund

  • Online holistic wellness programme for children with special educational needs and their families. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

  • Combining mind body physical exercise, cognitive training, and nurse-led risk factor modification to enhance cognition among older adults with mild cognitive impairment: a randomized controlled trial. Health and Medical Research Fund

  • The feasibility and effects of mindfulness based relapse prevention (MBRP) on reducing craving and addictive behaviour in local adults with substance abuse disorders. Beat Drug Fund

  • Integrated primary care service model for older adults in primary care. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

  • Exercise is medicine: a pilot project at general out-patient clinics in NTEC and related training programme. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

  • The effects of a mindfulness-based intervention - MYmind - for children with ADHD and their parents: a randomised controlled trial. General Research Fund

  • Cultivating Resilience in Youth: The Mindful Awareness Project for Youth and their Families (MAP for Youth & Families). The D. H. Chen Foundation

  • Improving well-being of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families with mindfulness training in Hong Kong. Health Care Promotional Fund

  • Feasibility and effectiveness of a mindfulness-based intervention for bereaved parents of children with cancer related death: a pilot study. Children’s Cancer Foundation Fund

  • Community primary care programme for older people with multiple chronic conditions. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust


  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

Last Updated: 18 Sept 2020

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