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Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong for MAJ Golden Jubilee Gala and Awards Banquet

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2015 | 4:00 AM
Dr. Herbert Ho Ping Kong, senior consulting physician at Canada’s University Health Network (UHN) and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto

Dr Herbert Ho Ping Kong, renowned internist, will be the guest speaker at the Medical Association of Jamaica's (MAJ) Gala and Awards Banquet, scheduled for June 8, and will launch the MAJ's Golden Jubilee celebrations and symposium under the theme: 'Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases: The 21st Century Tsunami'.

Jamaican by birth and a graduate of St George's College and the University of the West Indies, Ho Ping Kong, or 'HPK', as he is affectionately known by his peers, is a senior consulting physician at Canada's University Health Network (UHN) and a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. He has had an extensive career as an exemplary physician and teacher, whose practice has focused on difficult diagnostic problems, for which he has gained international attention.

HPK's record of achievements began in Montreal, Canada, where he founded the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He relocated to Toronto in 1984 and was promoted to the position of full professor in 1990 by the University of Toronto. In 2004, he became the first holder of the Gladstone and Maisie Chang endowed chair in internal medicine teaching at UHN and University of Toronto.

new generation

Through his leadership positions, HPK has inspired a new generation of faculty that is committed to excellence in teaching. He served as core director for the Internal Medicine Residency Programme at The Toronto Hospital through the 1990s.

In this position, he established many innovative programmes such as an evidence-based curriculum in the core internal medicine programme for the resident trainees. He also established a system to critically evaluate teaching skills and to document effective teaching methods across a variety of educational levels. He was instrumental in redefining the role of general internists in the clinical teaching units. In October 2008, he co-founded the Centre of Excellence for Education and Practice at the Toronto Western Hospital, which is named for him.

Ho Ping Kong's teaching expertise, coupled with his

winning bedside manner, has resulted in his remarkable reputation, supported by a number of teaching awards.

Lauded by his peers as a 'diagnostic magician', HPK published The Art of Medicine, drawing on his personal cases and more than 50 years' experience as a clinician. The book examines the principles of a patient-centred approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Though he is cognisant of the benefits of the many invaluable innovations in medical technology, he insists that physicians should develop more basic skills for a more humane and holistic form of care to tackle diseases and their management as they become more complex.

The MAJ's Golden Jubilee Awards and Banquet will, indeed, receive a unique and enlightening perspective on patient care, advocacy and treatment in the context of the 21st century tsunami of chronic

non-communicable diseases.