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Prof. William Bernard III GOGGINS 高威廉教授

Professor Goggins, a valued and respected member of our School, passed away on 26th March 2022. 

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Prof. William Bernard III GOGGINS


BA (Brandeis), SM, ScD (Harv)

Associate Professor

Email: wgoggins@cuhk.edu.hk


ORCID: 0000-0001-6641-0852

Scopus Author ID: 56895512600

ResearcherID: D-7311-2013


Professor William Goggins joined The Chinese University of Hong Kong as an Instructor in Biostatistics for the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the School of Public Health and Primary Care in October 2003. He was promoted to Assistant Professor in September of 2004. 

Professor Goggins obtained his doctorate in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 1997. His thesis topic was “Monte Carlo EM Methods for Analyzing Survival Data in the Presence of Interval Censoring”, which was completed under the supervision of Professor Dianne Finkelstein. He then did a 16 month post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Public Health of Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan, where he was the first scholar from Harvard to be supported by the Harvard-KMU exchange program to work at KMU. He also completed a one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Biostatistics Center of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, working on several projects related to cancer epidemiology and survival. Before joining CUHK Professor Goggins was an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Mathematics Department of Hong Kong Baptist University. Professor Goggins current research focuses on the health impact of meteorological conditions in sub-tropical climates.

In addition, Professor Goggins serves as a collaborator and statistical consultant for numerous projects within the CUHK School of Public Health and Primary Care and other Departments of the CUHK Faculty of Medicine and is a member of the editorial board of the Hong Kong Medical Journal and as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Biometeorology.

Research Interests

  • Effect modification of the effects of high temperatures on mortality/morbidity by urban characteristics (urban heat islands, green spaces, and water systems.

  • The effect of cold temperatures on mortality/morbidity in warm climates.

  • The long-term association between mortality rates and number of days with extreme temperatures.

Selected Publications

  1. L Xu, C Ren, C Yuan, JE Nichol, WB Goggins*, An ecological study of the association between area-level green space and adult mortality in Hong Kong, Climate 2017; 5: 55; doi: 10.3390/cli5030055.

  2. WB Goggins*, EY Chan, A study of the short-term associations between hospital admissions and mortality from heart failure and meteorological variables in Hong Kong. International Journal of Cardiology 2017; 228: 537-542.  

  3. HC Lam, AM Li, EY Chan, WB Goggins*, The short-term association between asthma hospitalizations, ambient temperature, other meteorological factors and air pollutants in Hong Kong: a time-series study. Thorax 2016; doi:10.1136/thoraxjnl-2015-208054. 

  4. P Wang, WB Goggins*, EY Chan, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in Hong Kong: a time-series analysis of its relationship with weather. PLoS One 2016; 8:11 e0161006. 

  5. WB Goggins*, CY Yang, T Hokama, LSK Law, EY Chan, Using annual data to estimate the public health impact of extreme temperatures. American Journal of Epidemiology 2015; 182 (1): 80-87.

  6. WB Goggins*, EY Chan, CY Yang, Weather, pollution, and acute myocardial infarction in Hong Kong and Taiwan. International Journal of Cardiology 2013; 168: 243-249. 

  7. WB Goggins*, EY Chan, CY Yang, M Chong, Associations between mortality and meteorological and pollutant variables during the cool season in two Asian cities with sub-tropical climates: Hong Kong and Taipei. Environmental Health 2013; 12: 59. DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-12-59.

  8. WB Goggins*, EY Chan, E Ng, C Ren, L Chen, Effect modification of the association between short-term meteorological factors and mortality by urban heat islands in Hong Kong. PLoS ONE. 2012.7(6): e38551.

  9. WB Goggins*, FK Lo, Racial and ethnic disparities in survival of U.S. children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Evidence from the SEER database 1988-2008. Cancer Causes & Control 2012; 23(5): 737-43. DOI: 10.1007/s10552-012-9943-8. 

  10. WB Goggins*, GKC Wong, Poor survival for U.S. Pacific Islander cancer patients: evidence for the SEER database: 1991-2004. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2007; 25(36):5738-41. Journal Impact Factor: 17.16; Ranking: 4/143 (Oncology); Percent contribution: 80%. Times cited: 32.

*Corresponding Author.

Last Updated: 22 July 2020