Professor Thomas K.S. WONG
RN, PhD, JP
President of the Ginger Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy Limited, Kyorin Chair Professor, Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, Nanshan Scholars Backbone Talent, Distinguished Professor of Guangzhou Medical University and Honorary Professor, the Education University of Hong Kong
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.
In Hong Kong, he is a Member of the Hospital Governing Committees of Castle Peak Hospital, Siu Lam Hospital and Bradbury Hospice, Member of the Institute of Mental Health, Member of the Steering Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Alzheimer’s Disease Association and in Chinese Mainland, he is the Vice-chairman of the Committee on College and University Nursing Education, Chinese Nursing Association, elected Vice-chairperson, Specialty Committee of Nursing, the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and Vice Chairman, Expert Committee, Chinese Humanistic Care Association.
Professor Wong is a pioneer in the development of information technology for higher education, research and practice, and was instrumental in harnessing computerized simulations, virtual reality and Web-based learning for the PolyU’s health programmes. He and his team created the city’s first telehealth and telecare system, and have garnered many patents and major awards (three commendatory awards, nine gold medals, one silver medal, and two bronze medals in international and local competitions) for their inventions. One of these was a heart rate variability monitoring and responding device which can be used for management of stress and anxiety in children. Recently, he brought in Challenge Based Learning in his teaching and invented the integrative life planning approach to help older people with dementia.
In 2014, Professor Wong established Ginger Knowledge Transfer and Consultancy Limited. Since then, he and his team have been working with industrialists, educationalists, investors and healthcare professionals in different forms of knowledge transfer. It varies from product development, process re-engineering to new service design, for example, production of Tea Tree Oil as a health product for prevention of skin discomfort, emotional sensing device for monitoring, Integrative Life Planning Programme for people with dementia, an Integrative Gerontic Care Practice model in home care for elderly in Chinese Mainland, a Practice based and Improvement training programme for preparation of healthcare workers.
Prof. Wong has published widely in international research journals and is a senior member of many international health bodies such as editorial committees of SCI journals. 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.