CUHK Professor Albert Lee Elected to Institute of Medicine
Prof. Albert Lee, Professor (Clinical) and Director of Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion, JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. Election to the IOM is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and Professor Lee is one of the 10 foreign associates recently elected by the IOM.
‘I am delighted that my effort in health promotion through school and community setting has gained international recognition. I believe that the translation of medical knowledge into health education is a new paradigm in medicine. The Government must invest more resources to equip our young generation with better knowledge in health. Only with health can one live a productive and happy life’, said Professor Lee.
Professor Lee currently serves as Professor and Founding Director of Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion of the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care and also Professor by courtesy appointment in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science at CUHK. His clinical specialty is family medicine with special interest in public health and health promotion. Among his research areas are health promotion and disease prevention with particular focus on promotion of child and adolescent health through school setting linking to community and primary health care. He initiated the ‘healthy school, healthy city’ movement, and is committed to the development of health profile for different settings, evaluation of health promotion effectiveness, health risk behaviours and determinants of health, translating the ‘health promoting school framework’ into practice to tackle emerging health issues.
Professor Lee has published widely and contributed to many book chapters or textbooks on family medicine and health promotion. His work in community health is also well recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and has been invited to serve as WHO temporary advisor on many occasions on school health and health promotion.
New members of the IOM are elected by current active members through a selection process that recognizes individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health. With their election, members make a commitment to volunteer their service on IOM committees, boards and other activities.