Professor Thomas K.S. WONG
RN, PhD, JP
Prof. Wong is the Founding President of the Tung Wah College and has served as Vice President of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Chair Professor and Head of School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Chair Professor of Health Studies and Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, The Hong Kong Institute of Education. He has also worked in many international and local organizations and public committees throughout his career in academia, for example, the Western Pacific Advisory Committee on Health Research, World Health Organization, the Telenursing Network Advisory Group of the International Council of Nurses, Hospital Authority and Hong Kong Nursing Council. Currently, he is the President of the Ginger Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy Limited.
Thomas is a senior member of many international health bodies such as Editorial Board of Journal of Clinical Nursing, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Nursing Inquiry and International Journal of Nursing Science. He is also a prominent member of several organizations and public committees, In Hong Kong, he is the Chairman of the Social Work Manpower Advisory Committee, Member of the Manpower Development Committee, Hong Kong SAR Government, Chairman of the Advisory Steering Committee of the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, Member of the Castle Peak Hospital and Siu Lam Hospital Governing Committee, Member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Hospital Authority, Council Member of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency Governing Council, Member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, and Hong Kong Red Cross’ Paramedical Training Advisory Committee. In Chinese mainland, he is the Vice-chairman of the Committee on College and University Nursing Education, Chinese Nursing Association. Lately, he was also elected as the Vice-chairperson, Specialty Committee of Nursing, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.
Professor Wong is a pioneer in the development of information technology for nursing education, research and practice, and was instrumental in harnessing computerized simulations, virtual reality and Web-based learning for the University’s health programmes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He and his team created the city’s first telehealth and telecare system, which has been adopted by some local Integrative Health Clinic and a community health centre in the United Kingdom. He and his research team have garnered many major awards and patents for their inventions. Since 2002, they have received three commendatory awards, nine gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals in international and local competitions.
Prof. Wong has published widely in international research journals, and has served on the advisory boards of several renowned journals. He has also been honoured for his significant contributions to Hong Kong society and nursing. He was chosen as one of Hong Kong’s “Ten Outstanding Young Persons” in 1991 and was made a Justice of the Peace in 2007.