Division of Community Medicine and Public Health Practice
Professor TH Lam is Chair Professor in Community Medicine since 2000 and Sir Robert Kotewall Professorship in Public Health, The University of Hong Kong since 2007. He was graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong with the MBBS degree in 1975. He got an MSc degree in medical sociology and an MSc degree in occupational medicine in 1980 and 81 respectively from The University of London. He obtained his MD degree by research from The University of Hong Kong in 1988. He was Head of the Department of Community Medicine and Director of the School of Public Health and Director of Public Health Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong, in 2000-2012, 2009-2013 and 2004-2013 respectively.
Professor Lam is a fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine, the UK Faculty of Public Health, The London Faculty of Occupational Medicine, The Hong Kong Academy of Medicine (Community Medicine) and The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Professor Lam was President of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine from 1997 to 2001. He was Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (2002-08) and Co-Chair of Grant Review Board, Research Council, Health, Welfare and Food Bureau of the Hong Kong SAR Government (2003-09). He was appointed Justice of Peace in July 2005, conferred Honorary Fellowship of Hong Kong College of Community Medicine in 2008, awarded Bronze Bauhinia Star Award in July 2012.
He has been appointed by the World Health Organization as short-term consultant, temporary advisor or expert participant for more than ten occasions.
MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS
Professor Lam’s research interests are on epidemiology and control of noncommunicable diseases with a major focus on tobacco and other lifestyle related diseases. He is principal investigator of several major epidemiological studies, including the Hong Kong Lifestyle and Mortality Study (40,000 subjects), Guangzhou Occupational Cohort Study (160,000 subjects), Hong Kong 1997 Birth Cohort Study (8,300 subjects), Hong Kong Elderly Health Services Cohort Study (60,000 subjects), Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study (30,000 subjects) and FAMILY project (A Jockey Club Initiative for a Harmonious Society). Through the FAMILY project, he has collaborated with numerous social service organisation on many community based participatory research (CBPR) projects to promote family health, happiness and harmony (3Hs) based on public health approaches and positive psychology. Because of the zero wine and beer tax in Hong Kong since 2008, he is involved in alcohol control and related research. He has published over 600 papers in international peer reviewed journals.
ACHIEVEMENTS IN TOBACCO CONTROL
Professor TH Lam is one of the world's leading scientists on tobacco control. His scientific contributions have been translated into important benefits to public health and tobacco control internationally. Since his first major paper on smoking, passive smoking and lung cancer in 1987, he has published on tobacco control related areas, about 200 papers in international peer reviewed journals. He has contributed to four WHO reports, on secondhand smoke and child health, policy recommendations for smoking cessation, adherence to long term therapies, and smokefree policies, and one IARC report on reversal of risk after quitting. He is the lead researcher of numerous research projects and his publications cover a wide range of important areas, including health hazards and economic costs of smoking and passive smoking, youth smoking, role of health professionals in tobacco control and training, smoking cessation and public opinion surveys.
Lam TH, He Y, Li LS, Li LS, He SF, Liang BQ. Mortality attributable to cigarette smoking in China. Journal of the American Medical Association 1997; 278:1505-8. (corresponding author) [2013 IF = 30.387] (Ranked 3 out of 156 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citation: 135) [link]
Lam TH, Ho LM, Hedley AJ, Adab P, Fielding R, McGhee SM, Aharonson-Daniel L. Environmental tobacco smoke exposure among police officers in Hong Kong. Journal of the American Medical Association 2000; 284:756-63. (corresponding author) [2013 IF = 30.387] (Ranked 3 out of 156 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citation: 53) [link]
Lam TH, Leung GM, Ho LM. The effects of environmental tobacco smoke on health services utilization in the first 18 months of life. Pediatrics 2001; 107:e91. [2013 IF = 5.297] (Ranked 2 out of 118 under the category of “Pediatrics”) (Citation: 123) [link]
Lam TH, Ho SY, Hedley AJ, Mak KH, Peto R. Mortality and smoking in Hong Kong: case-control study of all adult deaths in 1998. British Medical Journal 2001; 323:361-2. (corresponding author) [2013 IF = 16.378] (Ranked 4 out of 156 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citation: 233) [link]
Lam TH, Ho LM, Adab P, Fielding R, McGhee SM, Leung GM, Aharonson-Daniel L. Secondhand smoke and respiratory ill health in current smokers. Tobacco Control 2005; 14: 307-14. [2013 IF = 5.150] (Ranked 7 out of 162 under the category of “Public, Environmental & Occupational health”) (Citation: 48) [link]
Lam TH, Li ZB, Ho SY, Chan WM, Ho KS, Tham MK, Cowling BJ, Leung GM. Smoking, quitting and mortality in an elderly cohort of 56000 Hong Kong Chinese. Tobacco Control 2007; 16:182-9. (corresponding author) [2013 IF = 5.150] (Ranked 7 out of 162 under the category of “Public, Environmental & Occupational Health”) (Citation: 63) [link]
Yin P, Jiang CQ, Cheng KK, Lam TH, Lam KH, Miller MR, Zhang WS, Thomas GN, Adab P. Passive smoking exposure and risk of COPD among adults in China: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study. Lancet 2007; 370(9589):751-7. (Lam TH is the initiator of GBCS and the senior Co-PI) [2013 IF =39.207] (Ranked 2 out of 156 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citation: 182) [link]
He Y, Lam TH, Jiang B, Wang J, Sai XY, Fan L, Li XY, Qiu YH, Hu FB. Passive smoking and risk of peripheral arterial diseases and ischemic stroke in Chinese women who never smoked. Circulation 2008; 118: 1535-40. (Lam TH was PhD supervisor of He Y and long term collaborator) [2013 IF = 14.948] (Ranked 2 out of 125 under the category of “Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems”; 1 out of 65 under the category of “Peripheral Vascular Disease”) (Citation: 91) [link]
He Y, Lam TH, Jiang B, Wang J, Sai XY, Fan L, Li XY, Qiu YH, Hu FB. Combined effects of tobacco smoke exposure and metabolic syndrome on cardiovascular risk in older residents of China. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2009; 53(4): 363-71. (Lam TH was PhD supervisor of He Y and long term collaborator) [2013 IF = 15.343] (Ranked 1 out of 125 under the category of “Cardiac & Cardiovascular Systems”) (Citation: 24) [link]
Leung CC, Lam TH, Ho KS, Yew WW, Tam CM, Chan WM, Law WS, Chan CK, Chang KC, Au KF. Passive smoking and tuberculosis. Archives of Internal Medicine 2010; 170(3): 287-92. [2013 IF = 13.246] (Ranked 7 out of 156 under the category of “Medicine, General & Internal”) (Citation: 68) [link]
He Y, Lam TH, Jiang B, Li LS, Sun DL, Wu L, Liu M, Yang SS, Wang YY, Tobias DK, Sun Q, Hu FB. Changes in BMI before and during economic development and subsequent risk of cardiovascular disease and total mortality: A 35-year follow-up study in China. Diabetes Care 2014; 37(9): 2540-7. [2013 IF=8.570] (Ranked 5 out of 124 under the category of “Endocrinology & Metabolism”) (Citation: 1) [link]