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Department of Pathology

Department of Pathology

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Chief of Service: Prof. Irene Ng


Department of Pathology & Clinical Biochemistry and Department of Microbiology & Virology at Queen Mary Hospital constitute the Hospital Pathology Services (HPS) that serves the Hong Kong West Cluster. Its service also extends to other health care institutions in both the public and private sectors territory-wide at the tertiary level. HPS works closely with its counterparts from the LKS School of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) in service delivery and training for medical students, pathologists, laboratory scientists and technicians. The whole organization of HPS has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists since 2002, attesting to its internationally recognized standard and quality of service.

Department of Pathology & Clinical Biochemistry (the Department) at Queen Mary Hospital comprises 5 divisions, namely Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology & Blood Bank, Clinical Immunology as well as Transplantation & Immunogenetics.

Apart from providing a comprehensive pathology service capable of meeting the diverse clinical demand in a teaching hospital, the Department, together with the Department of Pathology of HKU, offers training both to junior and advanced trainees in pathology with a training programme of unsurpassed diversity in a setting where many aspects of pathology are united in a single department. All training posts in Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Haematology and Immunology are approved by the Hong Kong College of Pathologists (HKCPath), the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) and the Royal College of Pathologists of the United Kingdom (RCPath). In addition to the comprehensive training programmes in all aspects of mono-specialty pathology, the Department also accommodates the requirements of the more recently established Combined Anatomical Pathology and Clinical Pathology training of HKCPath. The inter-hospital rotation of trainees, as strongly recommended in the Training and Examinations Regulations of HKCPath, is encouraged and facilitated.

These training posts are designed to permit individuals to acquire the necessary background training for academic careers as well as specialty practice. Professional growth is fostered by encouraging each trainee to assume gradually increasing responsibilities and by blending practical experience with extensive teaching exercises in basic areas. A pattern of continuing self-education and intellectual awareness is also developed within the programme.

We have traditionally emphasized excellence in scholarship and research as well as the clinical practice of pathology. The department faculty includes persons with established reputations in most major areas of pathology. Its research programmes are first rate and deal with a wide variety of topics such as neoplasia in various organs, transplantation and particularly areas related to regionally important diseases. The Department has a Molecular Biology programme which is active in both research and diagnostic areas.

Queen Mary Hospital is a very large teaching institution, providing a broad range of tertiary care to patients from all over Hong Kong and the region. A close relationship exists between Queen Mary Hospital and the LKS School of Medicine of HKU nearby. This partnership offers staff members of both institutions a mutually satisfying and advantageous environment with strong academic and practical support, as well as the general intellectual stimulation that results from membership in a community of scholars.

Staff from the Department work closely with the academic staff from the university department of pathology to provide a comprehensive range of CAP accredited diagnostic laboratory service in Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Biochemistry, Clinical Immunology, Haematology & Blood Bank, and Transplantation & Immunogenetics. Currently there are 7 Consultants, 7 Associate Consultants/Senior Medical Officers, 6 Resident Specialists/Resident Trainees and 10 Scientific Officers in the Department.