- Fellowship in 2005 at University of California, Davis
Prof Chung Wah SIU currently works as Clinical Professor of the Department of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong. He obtained his medical degree (M.B., B.S.) in 1997 and Medical Doctor (M.D. with Sir Patrick Manson Gold Medal) in 2010 at the University of Hong Kong. Having completed a training program in Cardiology at Queen Mary Hospital, he commenced his career as a cardiologist in 2004. In the quest to improve treatment for patients with heart disease, he pursued study in Traditional Chinese Medicine concurrently at the Hong Kong Baptist University and Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, leading to the award of a Master degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005. Realizing the limitations of current clinical treatment for heart disease, he recognized the potential of stem cell therapy. “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.” Thomas A. Edison. It is this restlessness and discontent that drove him away from his comfort zone of being a clinical cardiologist to take up the prestigious Croucher foundation research fellowship. This allowed him to pursue his research career in the area of stem cell research at the University of California, Davis, USA from 2006-2007.
In 2008, Siu returned to the University of Hong Kong and commenced his academic career. He is currently a Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong. His current research interests focus on inheritable cardiac diseases, atrial fibrillation, and heart failure, as well as stem cell research for regenerative medicine. Notably, his laboratory is one of the first three laboratories worldwide to generate human induced pluripotent stem cells using an animal-product free protocol. To date, Siu has published a total of 150 peer-reviewed articles in international journals such as Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Archive of Internal Medicine, Circulation, Journal of American College of Cardiology, Blood, Stem cell, Diabetes Care, Journal of Metabolism and Clinical Endocrinology, and has contributed 12 book chapters in Cardiology and Stem Cell Biology.