Fukuda, Keiji

Director and Clinical Professor
Division of Community Medicine and Public Health Practice
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Professor Keiji Fukuda joined the School of Public Health, The University of Hong Kong in December 2016 and became the School Director in 2017. Under Professor Fukuda, the School has pioneered a holistic and multi-sectoral undergraduate programme on public health and development, established new research directions such as antimicrobial resistance and fostered collaborations and initiatives aimed at developing the next generation of health leadership. 

Previously (2005 – 2016), he worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in several capacities including Assistant Director-General for Health Security, Special Adviser to the Director-General on Pandemic Influenza and then as Special Adviser for Antimicrobial Resistance and as Director of the Global Influenza Programme. He led global approaches to health security including the development and adoption of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework and implementation of the International Health Regulations as well as responses to events such as the emergence of influenza H5N1 and H7N9, the 2009 Pandemic influenza, MERS, Ebola and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). He was central to the international health diplomacy initiatives that resulted in the 2016 historic Heads of State level meeting at the United Nations (UN) and a UN resolution on AMR. Professor Fukuda was often WHO’s main global media spokesperson.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers (CDC), he was Chief of Epidemiology, Influenza Branch and personally led CDC field teams that assisted Hong Kong during the 1997 avian influenza H5N1 outbreak and many other field investigations. He worked extensively with China on issues such as influenza surveillance, SARS and influenza H7N9. He helped develop new models combining epidemiological and laboratory data to improve US influenza surveillance and disease burden estimates, supported development of US influenza vaccination policy and led the international team that redefined the chronic fatigue syndrome. He is a physician and epidemiologist and received his BA from Oberlin College, MD from the University of Vermont, MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and EIS training at CDC.

HKU Scholars Hub: Fukuda, Keiji

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Selected Publications  (Pub Med Search)

  1. Legido-Quigley, H., Asgari N., Teo Y. Y., Leung G. M., Oshitani H., Fukuda K., Cook, A.R., Hsu, L. Y., Shibuya, K., Heymann, D., Are high-performing health systems resilient against the COVID-19 epidemic?. Lancet. 2020 Mar 06. pii: S0140-6736(20)30551-1. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30551-1. [Epub ahead of print]  [IF 59.10 (2018), rank 2/160 medicine, general and internal] [link]
  2. Monto, A. S. and Fukuda, K., Lessons from Influenza Pandemics of the last 100 Years. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2019, 70(5): 951-957. [IF 9.06 (2018), rank 3/89 infectious diseases] [link]
  3. Limmathurotsakul, D., Dunachie S., Fukuda K., Feasey, N.A., Okeke, I.N., Holmes, A.H., Moore, C.E., Dolecek, C., van Doorn, H.R., Shetty, N., Lopez, A.D. and Peacock, S.J., Surveillance and Epidemiology of Drug Resistant Infections Consortium (SEDRIC), Improving the estimation of the global burden of antimicrobial resistant infections. The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2019, v. 19 n. 11, p. E392-E398. [IF 27.52 (2018), rank 1/89 infectious diseases] [link]
  4. Hu Y.J., Ogyu A., Cowling B.J., Fukuda K. and Pang H.M.H., Available evidence of antibiotic resistance from extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in paediatric patients in 20 countries: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 2019, 97: 486-501B. [IF 6.82 (2018), rank 7/186 public, environmental & occupational health] [link]
  5. Hu Y.J., Cowling B.J. and Fukuda, K., What is missing in surveillance for control of antimicrobial resistance?, The Lancet Infectious Diseases. 2018, 18: 597-598. [IF 27.52 (2018), rank 1/89 infectious diseases] [link]
  6. Sprenger, M. and Fukuda, K., New mechanisms, new worries. Science. 2016; 351:1263-64. [IF 41.06 (2018), rank 2/69 multidisciplinary sciences] [link]
  7. Fukuda, K., Wang, R., Vallat, B. Naming diseases: First do no harm. Science. 2015, 348(6235): 643. [IF 41.06 (2018), rank 2/69 multidisciplinary sciences] [link]
  8. WHO Ebola Response Team. Ebola virus disease in West Africa – The first 9 month of the epidemic and forward projections New England Journal of Medicine. 2014; 371(16):1481-1495. [IF 70.67 (2018), rank 1/160 medicine, general & internal] [link]
  9. Briand S., and Fukuda, K., Avian influenza A (H5N1) and 2 fundamental questions. Editorial Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2009; 199 (12):1717-1719. [IF 5.05 (2018), rank 10/89 infectious diseases] [link]
  10. Fukuda, K.,and Kieny, M.P., Different Approaches to Influenza Vaccination. New England Journal of Medicine. 2006; 355:2586-2587. [IF 70.67, rank 1/160 medicine, general & internal] [link]


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