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Prof. Vincent Chi-ho CHUNG


B Chin Med, BSc Biomed Sci (HKBU), MSc Evid Based Healthcare (Oxford),

PhD Public Health (CUHK)

Associate Professor

Email: vchung@cuhk.edu.hk


ORCID: 0000-0002-5947-4492

Scopus Author ID: 868559460

ResearcherID: K-2447-2013

Academic Appointments

  • Head of Development Division, School of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Convener (Education) of the Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

  • Visiting Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University Technology Sydney, Australia.


Dr. Vincent CH Chung is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner with training in both evidence based healthcare and public health. As a Jockey Club Scholar he received Bachelor of Chinese Medicine and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (First Class) from Hong Kong Baptist University. With support from the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund – Overseas Postgraduate Study and Professional Training Scholarship, he completed his MSc in Evidence based Healthcare in Oxford University. He studied his PhD in Public Health at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on health services research.


He holds a joint appointment with the School of Chinese Medicine where he is Head of Development Division. He has been the Convener in Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine since 2014. He has also been elected as Vice-chair of Research Advisory Committee and Member of the Board of Directors, International Society for Complementary Medicine Research; and a Council Member of the Evidence based Healthcare Committee, Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine.


He is one of the few scholars with research spanning across clinical, public health, and policy aspects of Integrative Medicine. He envisions evidence-based integration of conventional and complementary healthcare by promoting rigorous research, policy advocacy, and quality education locally, nationally, and internationally. He served as a consultant for the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in formulating strategy for using traditional and complementary medicine for promoting healthy aging, as well as an observer in the development process of WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy.

He is the 2019 awardee of Hong Kong Health and Medical Research Fund Research Fellowship, supporting his advanced research training in the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He has published more than 120 articles in international peer-reviewed academic journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Social Science & Medicine, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, among others.


He has obtained 7 competitive research and knowledge translation grants as principal investigator. He has supervised / co-supervised 3 PhD students to completion and has contributed to 3 book chapters. He is Associate Editor of BMC Trials (Since 2019), BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies (Since 2011) and Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2017-2020), and serves as editorial board member of European Journal of Integrative Medicine (Since 2013) and Scientific Reports (2017-2019).


On public and government services, he serves as a member of the Hong Kong SAR Government Chinese Medicine Development Committee (2018-2023), as well as the Patient Experience Sub-committee of the Chinese Medicine Hospital Planning Office. He is also a member of the Registration Committee, Chinese Medicine Practitioner Board, Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong.

He is Visiting Associate Professor (since 2020) of the Chinese Medicine Program, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Visiting Research Fellow (since 2014) of the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University Technology Sydney, Australia; and Visiting Professor, Sichuan Provincial Chinese Medicine Hospital, Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine (Since 2019).

Research Interests

  • Evidence based healthcare

  • Randomized controlled trials

  • Policy and Implementation Research in Integrative Medicine

Recent Funded Research Projects 

  • Complex interventions for reducing 30-day avoidable hospital readmission among adults: recommendations for Hong Kong via overview of systematic reviews and stakeholder consensus

  • Electroacupuncture plus Standard Care for Managing Refractory Functional Dyspepsia: Pragmatic Randomized Trial with Economic Evaluation

  • Data Driven Identification and Classification of Chinese Medicine Syndrome Types among Functional Dyspepsia Patients : Latent Tree Analysis

Selected Publications

  1. Ho, L. T., Chan, K. K., Chung, V. C., & Leung, T. H. (2020). Highlights of traditional Chinese medicine frontline expert advice in the China national guideline for COVID-19. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 101116.

  2. Chung, V. C., Wong, C. H., Zhong, C. C., Tjioe, Y. Y., Leung, T. H., & Griffiths, S. M. (2020). Traditional and Complementary Medicine for Promoting Healthy Ageing in WHO Western Pacific Region: Policy Implications from Utilization Patterns and Current Evidence. Integrative Medicine Research, 100469.

  3. Wong, C. H., Wu, I. X., Adams, J., Steel, A., Wardle, J., Wu, J. C., ... & Chung, V. C. (2020). Development of Evidence-Based Chinese Medicine Clinical Service Recommendations for Cancer Palliative Care Using Delphi Approach Based on the Evidence to Decision Framework. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 19, 1534735420940418.

  4. Wong, C. H., Wu, I. X., Balneaves, L. G., Lo, R. S., Witt, C. M., Wu, J. C., ... & Chung, V. C. (2019). Prioritizing Chinese Medicine Clinical Research Questions in Cancer Palliative Care: International Delphi Survey. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58(6), 1002-1014.

  5. ST Ho, R., Wong, C. H., Wu, J. C., Wong, S. Y., & Chung, V. C. Non-specific Effects of Acupuncture and Sham Acupuncture in Clinical Trials From the Patient's Perspective: A Systematic Review of Qualitative Evidence. Acupuncture in medicine: journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society, 964528420920299.

  6. Chung, V. C., Wong, C. H., Wu, I. X., Ching, J. Y., Cheung, W. K., Yip, B. H., ... & Wu, J. C. (2019). Electroacupuncture plus on‐demand gastrocaine for refractory functional dyspepsia: Pragmatic randomized trial. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 34(12), 2077-2085.

  7. Wu, I. X., Wong, C. H., Ho, R. S., Cheung, W. K., Ford, A. C., Wu, J. C., ... & Chung, V. C. (2019). Acupuncture and related therapies for treating irritable bowel syndrome: overview of systematic reviews and network meta-analysis. Therapeutic advances in gastroenterology, 12, 1756284818820438.

  8. Wu, I. X. Y., Kee, J. C. Y., Threapleton, D. E., Ma, R. C. W., Lam, V. C. K., Lee, E. K. P., ... & Chung, V. C. H. (2018). Effectiveness of smartphone technologies on glycaemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes: systematic review with meta‐analysis of 17 trials. Obesity Reviews, 19(6), 825-838.

  9. Chan, M. W., Wu, X. Y., Wu, J. C., Wong, S. Y., & Chung, V. C. (2017). Safety of acupuncture: overview of systematic reviews. Scientific reports, 7(1), 1-11.

  10. Chung, V. C., Ho, R. S., Liu, S., Chong, M. K., Leung, A. W., Yip, B. H., ... & Lau, A. Y. (2016). Electroacupuncture and splinting versus splinting alone to treat carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Cmaj, 188(12), 867-875.

Last Updated: 22 June 2020