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Professor Felice Lieh-Mak Distinguished Lecture

Scheme Administration


Professor Felice Lieh-Mak is the third Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University. During her career, she pioneered the development of psychiatric care in Queen Mary Hospital to serve as a model for the territory, led the Department of Psychiatry for two decades, steered the Faculty of Medicine as Dean, and spearheaded curriculum reform and evaluation as Director of the then Medical Education Unit.

In recognition of Professor Lieh-Mak’s notable achievements and contributions to the field of psychiatry, the Department shall establish a named lecture in honour of Professor Lieh-Mak. 

The Professor Felice Lieh-Mak Distinguished Lecture will be supported by donations. 


The Professor Felice Lieh-Mak Distinguished Lecture shall be governed by the following regulations: 

  • Nominees shall be proposed and endorsed by respectively the Director of Research and Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry for approval by the Faculty Board of the LKS Faculty of Medicine. 

  • The emoluments of the visiting scholar, academician or practitioner shall comprise the following: 

I.    Any or all of a return air-fare from the appointee’s place of permanent residence to Hong Kong; 
II.   Accommodation for the duration of the visit; 
III.  An honorarium (where applicable); and 
IV. Any other costs in association with the visit as deemed necessary. 

  • The Lecture shall be held on a biennial basis. 


Prof. Felice Lieh-Mak graduated M.D. cum laude in 1964 at the University of Santa Thomas in the Philippines, and after completing her internship in the United Kingdom, began training in psychiatry at the Littlemore Hospital in Oxford. After a brief stint at Castle Peak Hospital, she joined the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hong Kong and began her academic career as a lecturer in 1971. She became a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1974 and was elected a Fellow in 1988. She was appointed Head and Chair Professor of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Hong Kong in 1983 and held that post until her retirement in 2002.

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Prof. Lieh-Mak is one of the most eminent psychiatrists in Hong Kong and her contribution to psychiatry, medical education and the Hong Kong community at large has been substantial. She was the President of the Hong Kong Psychiatric Association, the forerunner of the Hong Kong College of Psychiatrists from 1984 to 1986, and was the first President of the College between 1990 and 1994; at which time, she assisted the Hospital Authority in the planning and development of services for the mentally ill.

HK College of Psychiatrists Fellowship Conferment

Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications 

Media Interview

At The University of Hong Kong, apart from serving as the Head and Chair Professor of the Department of Psychiatry, she has held numerous positions in relation to the development of medical education. She was a member of the University Senate between 1983 and 2001, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine between 1991 and 1992 and Director of the Medical Education Unit. Prof. Lieh-Mak was also instrumental in introducing the teaching of Medical Law and Ethics in the Faculty. In 2005, Prof. Lieh-Mak was awarded Honorary Fellow and Emeritus Professor of The University of Hong Kong.


HKU Honorary University Fellowship Presentation Ceremony

Prof. Lieh-Mak has steered the development of the Department during her headship, with expansion of psychiatric service and clinical facilities in Queen Mary Hospital, and academic and research capacity, incorporating neuroscience-based research including neuroimaging, psychophysiology, laboratory for sleep disorders and genetic research. She has also made significant contributions to improving clinical teaching and training in psychiatry by expanding the undergraduate curriculum in psychiatry and the overall medical curricula reform in the 1990s.

Between 1990 and 1993, Prof. Lieh-Mak was elected President of the World Psychiatric Association. During her term she helped developed educational programmes in psychiatry, core curriculum in psychiatry for medical students, and drafted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Mentally Ill. She was also the Advisor to the United Nations and World Health Organization, and was awarded the University of Oslo Human Rights - Lisl and Leo Eitinger's Award in recognition of her commitment to human rights issues and outstanding research in psychiatry in 1997. 

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World Psychiatric Association Regional Symposium 

In terms of public service, Prof. Lieh-Mak was a member of the Central Policy Unit between 1989 and 1991. She served as a Member of the Legislative Council from 1991 to 1992 and became a Member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong between 1992 and 1997. She was the Chairman of the Medical Council of Hong Kong in both 1997-1999 and 2003-2012 and the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the ICAC from 1993-1996. She was also the Chairman of the English School Foundation from 2004 to 2011. 
Prof. Lieh-Mak’s significant contributions have laid down a solid and robust foundation enabling the department and the field to grow and move forward. For all her contributions to society, she was awarded numerous distinctions and honours, including Justice of the Peace, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, the Gold Bauhinia Star, the Outstanding Woman Professional Award, Distinguished Scholar of the American Psychiatric Association, Honorary Fellow of the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists as well as Honorary Fellow of the World Psychiatric Association. 

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Opening of S K Yee Mental Health Resource & Rehabilitation Centre 

Online Donation 
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Donation Committee


Dr Chang Wing Chung
Department of Psychiatry 
The University of Hong Kong


Dr Cheung Fuk Chi Eric

Cluster Chief Executive Kowloon Central Cluster Hospital Authority

Dr Chung Ka Fai

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry 
The University of Hong Kong

Dr Chung Kar Kin Albert

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry 
The University of Hong Kong

Dr Wong Josephine G. Wing San

Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor 
Department of Psychiatry 
The University of Hong Kong

Donors' Name


Mrs Ho Choi Wai Yee


Dr Ma Shiu Kwan Edmond

Dr Tsao Yen Chow

Dr Wan Chun Wai Macor


Mr Chan Allen Zoong Yee

Prof Chan Chor Kiu Raymond

Mrs Chan Fang Anson

Prof Chow Shew Ping

Dr Chung See Yuen

Dr Dunn Lai Wah Eva

Prof Lau Chak Sing

Dr Law Chi Wing

Dr Leung Chung Chuen Roland

Mrs Loh Ninson

Ms Mak Kin Wah Joanna

Dr Pan Pey Chyou

Dr So Pik Han Kathleen & Prof Lam Kam Hing

Dr Yu Yu Chiu Donald

Mr Yuen Ming Yu

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