NOTABLE FAMILY DOCTOR PROFILE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
and country where he works: Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China.
Special interests: geriatric medicine, practice and teaching in home and residential care of elderly
Alex Kwok graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 1979 and attained
the Diploma of Geriatric Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians,
London in 1991. Alex has devoted himself to medical practice amidst
the rural population of Hong Kong for more than 20 years.
Since 1982, Dr Kwok has paid regular home visits to various rural areas of Lantau, an outlying island of Hong Kong where a large portion of the residents are older and medical facilities are less readily available than in the urban areas. The Po Lin Monastery, a world-renowned tourist spot, is also a venue where the local elderly would line up and see Dr Kwok for consultation.
Apart from his commitment to taking care of the elderly in the rural areas, Dr Kwok has also been actively involved in the training of medical students, sharing his expertise of in-home and residential care of the elderly with the younger generation. He has participated in the clinical teaching of Hong Kong Univeristy students from 1989 to the present on Lantau Island, carrying the title of Honorary Clinical Lecturer of General Practice from 1989 to 1999 and Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine from 2000 to 2004. Moreover, from 2002 to the present, Dr Kwok has been an honorary primary care physician of the Hospital Authority.
To further enhance his role as an experienced family doctor specializing in geriatric medicine, Dr Kwok also serves as a visiting medical officer to various homes for the elderly located in different parts of Hong Kong, and participates in the provision of integrated home care services by various non-government organizations, including the Caritas, Yan Oi Tong, Pok Oi Hospital and St. James Settlement. He has also taken part in the sentinel surveillance system on communicable disease under the Department of Health, Hong Kong, SAR, from 1998 to the present.