Academic Staff

Professor Tze-wai WONG, MH (黄子惠教授)

MBBS (HK), MSc (Singapore), FFPH (UK), FRCP (Glasg), FHKAM (Community Medicine), FHKCCM

Adjunct Professor

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care



Division of Occupational and Environmental Health


Professor Wong Tze Wai is an environmental epidemiologist and occupational physician with experience in public health practice and research in infectious diseases, environmental health and occupational health. He was educated in The University of Hong Kong and the National University of Singapore. Professor Wong was experienced in compressed air illness in the mid-1970s and the health care of Vietnamese refugees in the early 1980s. His research on hantaviruses in Singapore led to the isolation of a new strain of Seoul-like hantavirus in rodents, and was awarded the Certificate of Merit by Kore University. He was involved in the investigation of the SARS outbreak in the Prince of Wales Hospital in 2003. He has conducted many studies on air pollution and health for over 20 years. He developed the Air Quality Health Index, now in use in Hong Kong. His recent studies are focused on the health impact of air pollution. He has published 199 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, 130 conference papers or abstracts, contributed to 11 books / chapters and 43 research reports. He has served as a member of the Advisory Council on the Environment and is currently a scientific adviser of the Hong Kong Observatory.

Research Interest

  • Air pollution

  • Persistent organic pollutants

  • Infectious diseases

  • Occupational medicine


Selected Publications 

  1. Wong TW, Lau TS, Yu TS, Neller A, Wong SL, Tam W, Pang SW.  Air pollution and hospital admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases in Hong Kong.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine 1999; 56(10):679-683.

  2. Wong TW, Tam WS, Yu TS, Wong AHS.  Associations between daily mortalities from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and air pollution in Hong Kong, China.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002; 59:30-35.

  3. Wong TW, Li CK, Tam W, Lau JTF, Yu TS, Lui SF, Chan PKS, Li YG, Bresee JS, Sung JY, Parashar UD. Cluster of SARS among medical students exposed to single patient, Hong Kong. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2004; 10(2):269-276.

  4. Yu ITS, Li YG, Wong TW, Tam W, Chan AT, Lee JHW, Leung DYC, Ho T. Evidence of Airborne Transmission of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Virus. New England Journal of Medicine 2004;350:1731-9.

  5. Wong TW, Yu TS, Liu HJ, Wong AHS. Household gas cooking: a risk factor for respiratory illnesses in pre-school children. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2004;89 631-636.

  6. Wong TW, Tam W, Yu ITS, Wun YT, Wong AHS, Wong CM. Association between Air Pollution and General Practitioner Visits for Respiratory Diseases in Hong Kong. Thorax 2006; 61:585-591.

  7. Wong TW, Wong AHS, Lee SC, Qiu H. Respiratory Health and Lung Function in Chinese Restaurant Kitchen Workers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011; 68(10):746-752.

  8. Wong TW, Tam WWS, Yu ITS, Lau AKH, Pang SW, Wong AHS. Developing a risk-based air quality health index. Atmospheric Environment 2013; 76:52-58.

  9. Tam WWS, Wong TW, Wong AHS. Association between air pollution and daily mortality and hospital admission due to ischaemic heart diseases in Hong Kong. Atmospheric Environment 2015; 120:360-368.

  10. Hui LL, Lam HS, Lau EYY, Nelson EAS, Wong TW, Fielding R. Prenatal dioxin exposure and neurocognitive development in Hong Kong 11-year-old children. Environmental Research 2016; 150:205–212.

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