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HKCAAVQ Council Member Paul Tam becomes first Asian to receive the Rehbein Medal from the European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association

15 Feb 2019

Professor Paul Tam Kwong-hang, Chair of Paediatric Surgery and Li Shu-pui Professor in Surgery at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), also Council Member of HKCAAVQ, has been named the recipient of the Rehbein Medal for 2020 by the European Paediatric Surgeons’ Association (EUPSA) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the advancement of paediatric surgery.

EUPSA is the largest association of paediatric surgeons worldwide. Each year, the Rehbein Medal is presented on the occasion of the EUPSA annual congress to a distinguished paediatric surgeon for outstanding lifetime achievements in paediatric surgery, and for his/her significant contribution to the progress and international acknowledgment of the field. Since its inception in 2005, the Rehbein Medal has been awarded to ten surgeons in Europe and five in the US. Professor Tam is the first surgeon in Asia to be presented with this prestigious award.

Professor Tam has special interests in minimally invasive surgery, genetics and regenerative medicine of birth defects, especially Hirschsprung’s disease. He serves on many international professional associations and was President of the Pacific Association of Paediatric Surgeons (2008-2009). He also serves on editorial boards of several international journals including the Journal of Pediatric Surgery as the Editor for Asia. He has given invited lectures at BAPS, EUPSA, AAPS and Days of Molecular Medicine 2012, etc. He has received numerous awards including the BAPS Prize, Lifetime Achievement Award (AAPS) and Honorary Fellowship of the American Surgical Association. The Rehbein Medal 2020 is an important international accolade that adds to the many Professor Tam already holds.

For community service, Professor Tam is currently a member of the Research Grants Council, the Board of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, and the Research Council of Food and Health Bureau of Hong Kong SAR Government.

Professor Tam will receive the award at EUPSA’s Congress held in June 2020 in Vienna, Austria.

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