Professor Sheung Tat Fan was a 1976 graduate of The University of Hong Kong. He started his academic career in 1987 as Lecturer in the Department of Surgery, The University of Hong Kong and was appointed to Chair Professor of Surgery in 1993. He is currently Chief of Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Queen Mary Hospital.
In 1991, Professor Fan performed the first successful liver transplant in Hong Kong. In 1996, he pioneered the technique of adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation using a right liver graft. This innovative procedure helped ease the continuing problem of organ shortage in adult patients. The operation is now widely adopted and is regarded as a major breakthrough in the history of liver transplantation.
Fellow of four surgical colleges and holder of four doctorate degrees, Professor Fan researches and publishes extensively on diseases that are commonly seen in Asia, namely, hepatocellular carcinoma, hepatitis B, cirrhosis, intrahepatic stones and acute biliary pancreatitis. He has authored more than 666 articles to date. According to ISI Essential Science Indicators, Professor Fan ranks 417 of 17,311 top 1% scientists in clinical medicine by citations in the world, with an H-index of 59.
In 2001, Professor Fan was accorded the highest research accolade, the Distinguished Research Achievement Award, by The University of Hong Kong for his academic achievement. In November 2005, Professor Fan and his team were awarded First Class Award in the category of State Scientific and Technological Progress Award in the State Science and Technology Awards, China. In December 2005, Professor Fan was elected as a new Academician under the category of Medical and Health Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, China. On 1 July 2006, Professor Fan was awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for his academic leadership and contribution to liver transplant services in Hong Kong. In 2008, he was awarded the TTS-Genzyme Award for Innovation in Surgery and Technology by The Transplantation Society.