Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Dr Chung Chi Ho

Visiting Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences

Dr Chung Chi Ho

Dr. Vincent CH Chung is a registered Chinese medicine practitioner with training in both evidence based healthcare and public health. As a Jockey Club Scholar he received Bachelor of Chinese Medicine and Bachelor of Biomedical Science (First Class) from Hong Kong Baptist University. With support from the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund – Overseas Postgraduate Study and Professional Training Scholarship, he completed his MSc in Evidence based Healthcare in Oxford University. He studied his PhD in Public Health at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, focusing on health system and policy research.

He is currently Associate Professor in School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also holds a joint appointment with the School of Chinese Medicine where he is Head of Development Division. He has been the Convener in Education of the Hong Kong Institute of Integrative Medicine since 2014. In 2018, he has also been elected as a Member of the Board of Directors, International Society for Complementary Medicine Research; and a Council Member of the Evidence based Healthcare Committee, Chinese Association of Integrative Medicine.

He is one of the few scholars with research spanning across clinical, public health, and policy aspects of Integrative Medicine. He envisions evidence-based integration of conventional and complementary healthcare by promoting rigorous research, policy advocacy, and quality education locally, nationally, and internationally. He served as a consultant for the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in formulating strategy for using traditional and complementary medicine for promoting healthy aging, as well as an observer in the development process of WHO Traditional Medicine Strategy.

He is the 2019 awardee of Hong Kong Health and Medical Research Fund Research Fellowship, supporting his advanced research training in the London School of Economics, UK. He has published more than 80 original publications in international peer-reviewed academic journals including the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Social Science & Medicine, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, among others.

He has obtained 7 competitive research and knowledge translation grants as principal investigator, with a sum of more than HKD$ 4.4 million. He has supervised / co-supervised 3 PhD students to completion and has contributed to 3 book chapters. He is Associate Editor of BMC Trials (Since 2019) and Complementary Therapies in Medicine (Since 2017), and serves as editorial board member of European Journal of Integrative Medicine (Since 2013), BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies (Since 2011) and Scientific Reports (2017-2019).

On public and government services, he serves as a member of the Hong Kong SAR Government Chinese Medicine Development Committee, as well as the Patient Experience Sub-committee of the Chinese Medicine Hospital Planning Office since 2018. He is also a member of the Registration Committee, Chinese Medicine Practitioner Board, Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong.

​He is Visiting Associate Professor (since 2020) of the Chinese Medicine Program, School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; and Visiting Research Fellow (since 2014) of the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University Technology Sydney, Australia.
Research Interests
Randomized Trials in Integrative Medicine:

Evaluating effectiveness of electro-acupuncture using mixed methods approach (pragmatic trials, qualitative inquiry, and cost-effectiveness analysis).

Designing patient centered outcome measures for integrative medicine trials.

Incorporating Chinese medicine diagnosis in randomized trials

Evidence based Healthcare in Integrative Medicine

Evaluating comparative effectiveness of integrative medicine interventions using novel network meta-analysis approach.

Appraisal and knowledge translation of clinical evidence on integrative medicine.

Methodological research on systematic reviews.

Policy and Implementation Research in Integrative Medicine

Investigating the dynamics between Patients, Professions, Payers and Policy-makers in the development of Integrative Medicine services.

Formulating implementation strategies for promoting interprofessional collaboration between conventional and complementary medicine clinicians.

Assessing utilization pattern, patient experience, and quality of Integrative Medicine services in primary care settings

Selected Publications

CHUNG, V.C.*, WONG, C.H., WU, I.X., CHING, J.Y., CHEUNG, W.K., YIP, B.H., CHAN, K.L., CHEONG, P.K. & WU, J.C. 2019. Electroacupuncture plus on‐demand gastrocaine for refractory functional dyspepsia: Pragmatic Randomized Trial. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 34(12), 2077-85. doi: 10.1111/jgh.14737.

WONG, C.H., WU, I.X., BALNEAVES, L.G., LO, R.S., WITT, C.M., WU, J.C., LEUNG, T.H. & CHUNG, V.C.* 2019. Prioritizing Chinese Medicine Clinical Research Questions in Cancer Palliative Care: International Delphi Survey. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 58(6), 1002-1014.

WU, I. X., WONG, C. H.*, HO, R. S., CHEUNG, W. K., FORD, A. C., WU, J. C., MAK, A.D., CRAMER, H. & CHUNG, V.C. 2019. Acupuncture and related therapies for treating irritable bowel syndrome: overview of systematic reviews and network meta-analysis. Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology, 12,

WU, X. Y., CHUNG, V. C.*, WONG, C. H., YIP, B. H., CHEUNG, W. K., & WU, J. C. 2018. CHIMERAS showed better inter-rater reliability and inter-consensus reliability than GRADE in grading quality of evidence: A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 23, 116-122. [Recipient of the 2018 Early Researcher Award for Integrative Medicine]

CHAN, M. W., WU, X. Y.#, WU, J. C., WONG, S. Y., & CHUNG, V. C*. 2017. Safety of Acupuncture: Overview of Systematic Reviews. Scientific Reports, 7, 3369.

CHUNG, V.C.*, HO, R.S.#, LIU, S., CHONG, M., LEUNG, A., YIP, B., GRIFFITHS, S., ZEE, B., WU, J., SIT, R., LAU, A., WONG, S. 2016. Electroacupuncture and splinting versus splinting alone to treat carpal tunnel syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Canadian Medical Association Journal, DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.151003.

MAO, C., FU, X. H., YUAN, J. Q., YANG, Z. Y., CHUNG, V. C., QIN, Y., HUANG, Y., TAM, W. W., KWONG, J. S. XIE, W. & TANG, J. L. 2015. Tong-xin-luo capsule for patients with coronary heart disease after percutaneous coronary intervention. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 5, doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD010237.pub2.

CHUNG, V. C., HO, R. S., WU, X., FUNG, D. H.#, LAI, X., WU, J. C. & WONG, S. Y. 2015. Are meta-analyses of Chinese herbal medicine trials trustworthy and clinically applicable? A cross-sectional study. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 162, 47-54.

CHUNG, V. C.*, MA, P. H., HONG, L. C. & GRIFFITHS, S. M. 2012. Organizational determinants of interprofessional collaboration in integrative health care: systematic review of qualitative studies. PLoS One, 7(11), e50022.

CHUNG, V. C.*, HILLIER, S., LAU, C. H., WONG, S., YEOH, E. K. & GRIFFITHS, S. M. 2011. Referral to and attitude towards traditional Chinese medicine amongst western medical doctors in postcolonial Hong Kong. Social Science & Medicine, 72, 247-255.

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