Professor Paul Tam graduated from the Medical School of The University of Hong Kong in 1976. He received his training and spent his early career years in the Department of Surgery of the University until 1986. He was Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool from 1986 to 1990, and Reader and Director of Paediatric Surgery at the University of Oxford from 1990 to 1996. He has been Chair of Paediatric Surgery at The University of Hong Kong since 1996.
Professor Tam has contributed to advances in paediatric surgery especially in the areas of minimal invasive surgery, Hirschsprung’s disease and hepatobiliary diseases such as biliary atresia. He also leads a large research team in genomics and stem cell biology. He has published over 300 articles in internationally refereed journals and 30 book chapters, and is ranked amongst the top 1% of most-cited scientists in Essential Science Indicators.
As Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of Graduate School, Professor Tam steers research strategies and development of the University of Hong Kong. Professor Tam also heads the Knowledge Exchange Office and HKU’s research development in Shenzhen and Zhejiang. He is member of the Board of Directors of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC) and member of the Research Grants Council, University Grants Committee of Hong Kong. He is listed one of 56 experts in the National Science and Technology Programmes Expert Database. Also, he serves on many international professional associations and was President of the Pacific Association of Paediatric Surgeons (2008-2009). He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery.
Professor Tam has given keynote lectures, including the Journal of Pediatric Surgery Lecture and the Suruga Lecture, at many international conferences. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the British Association of Pediatric Surgery Prize (1984), and the International Outstanding Leadership Award in Endoscopy from the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (2010), and the Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association (2013).