Gabriel Leung became the nineteenth Dean of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at the University of Hong Kong in August 2013. Leung, a clinician and a respected public health authority, is also Professor in the School of Public Health. Previously he was Professor and Head of Community Medicine at the University and served as Hong Kong’s first Under Secretary for Food and Health and fifth Director of the Chief Executive's Office in government.
Leung is one of Asia’s leading epidemiologists. His research defined the epidemiology of two novel viral epidemics, namely SARS-CoV in 2003 and influenza A(H7N9) in 2013. While in government, he led Hong Kong’s policy response against the 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic. Non-communicable disease work from Leung’s group has brought novel insights into the fundamental biologic pathways leading to population-level origins of cardiovascular disease and Type II diabetes with global health relevance.