A leading Hong Kong liver expert is tipped to head the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital.
Professor Lo Chung-mau, HKU chair professor of hepatobiliary surgery, is likely to begin his tenure in November, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Lo is expected to expand the liver transplant service of the HK$4 billion hospital which opened in 2012.
His appointment could come as early as September to replace Grace Tang Wai-king who is set to retire this year.
Lo is the incumbent head of the hospital’s surgical department. One other professor had applied for the job.
Lo did not confirm nor deny reports about his impending appointment, saying only that he has no plans to leave HKU.
The HKU-Shenzhen Hospital, a joint venture between HKU and the Shenzhen local government, has yet to break even.
HKU injected a HK$600 million (US$77.38 million) loan into the venture, payable over five years to 2023.
Lo’s imminent departure from Queen Mary Hospital (QMH), where he oversees the liver transplant center, has fueled concerns about a potential brain drain.
This comes as another liver transplant expert, Prof. Chan See-ching, is also leaving HKU and QMH at the end of August for Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, according to news website hk01.com.
But sources close to Lo said there will be at least six doctors who will be left to perform liver transplant.
They said the present set-up is sufficient to handle an average of 70 to 80 transplants a year.
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