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Inaugural Message from the President of Hong Kong Thoracic Society

Dr YEE Kwok Sang, Wilson 2017

Dr YEE Kwok Sang, Wilson

With a prosperous celebration of its 30th anniversary held last year, the Hong Kong Thoracic Society
(HKTS) is ready to start off the fourth decade strong continuing its efforts in the promotion of
respiratory medicine. We strive to raise awareness of respiratory health in the general public by
holding educational and promotional events that reach out to a greater scale of the population.
Meanwhile, we are in the process of refining the infrastructure and operation of the Society, by
means of recruiting ‘young blood’ and engaging in various clinical researches.

HKTS was enthusiastic in public promotion last year. Thanks to the tremendous contributions from
the Hong Kong Lung Foundation (HKLF) and the Chest Delegation HK & Macau Limited, a series
of public events were organized. Among all, a large-scale exhibition named ‘Recent Advances in
Respiratory Medicine’ was held in May in Olympian City. The event included information boards
and game booths concerning respiratory diseases, demonstration of various medical tools and
devices such as EBUS, navigational bronchoscopy and OSAS masks, and small talks given by
authorities from various disciplines. Apart from that, a press conference was held in November for
the announcement of results of a local respiratory health survey, as well as for prize presentation of
the ‘poster design competition’ made open to primary and secondary school students. The Society
was also involved in the publication of the Chinese education booklet ‘Advance in Respiratory
Therapeutics’ and the Anniversary Bulletin of 20th/30th of HKLF/HKTS. The Bulletin included a
collection of vivid memories from past events, a record of accomplishments of the Society, and
congratulatory messages from both local and international associations.

As promised, HKTS will continue its effort in the scope of respiratory medicine. We are excited to
take new steps in the near future. For instance, in response to the publication of ‘Burden of Lung
Disease’ in the last decade, the Society has been continuously monitoring the trend of respiratory
diseases in HK and will alert the government and the Hospital Authority timely in the event of
significant changes. On the other hand, a new Special Interest Group (SIG) on Airway Diseases is on
its way to establishment under the Education Committee, with guidance from Dr. Christopher Lai
and Dr. Fanny Ko. The SIG will coordinate with the Scientific Committee to promote relevant
researches and make contributions to the scientific program of the ASM/ARS. Meanwhile the
thematic promulgation this year will also be on Airway Diseases. The Publicity Committee will work
closely with the SIG to organize a series of publicity and educational activities.

Several measures will be implemented in the aspects of public relation, communication and editorial.
In order to enhance public accessibility to public health information on respiratory diseases, the
Website Committee will work on the joint website such that relevant information can be of easy
access to the population; moreover, Chinese translations will be made available in relevant sections.
On the other hand, a new column specifically dedicated to young members and fellows is going to be
added to the Newsletter.

It is my great honor to assume responsibility as the President of the HKTS for the term 2017-2019. I
would like to take the chance to express my heartfelt gratitude towards Dr. Loletta So, our immediate
past president, and all Council members for their dedication and contribution to the Society. I am
particularly grateful for the tremendous help and support both Dr. Joseph Pang and Dr. CY Tam have
demonstrated throughout their long years serving in the HKTS Council; they will retire from the
current Council. I shall also thank HKLF and CHEST Delegation HK & Macau Limited for mutual
support, and I look forward to maintaining the close collaboration.

With our vision set upon the future, there are numerous opportunities for us to seize and act upon.
May I appeal to all of you to provide your support in the upcoming development of the Society. I
truly believe that unity and fraternity will lead us to strength, and as professionals of the respiratory
field we should exert our influence on public awareness and all relevant developments

Dr YEE Kwok Sang, Wilson, President, HKTS (2017-2019)


Inaugural message from the President of the Hong Kong Thoracic Society,
Dr. Loletta So, March 2015

It is my great pleasure and honour to assume responsibility as the President of the Hong Kong Thoracic Society [HKTS] for the term 2015–2017. I would first like to thank our immediate past President Dr Fanny Ko for her great leadership, and the last Council for making tremendous contributions to the successes of HKTS in past two years. We are also here to salute all past Presidents and Councils for laying down countless accomplishments and solid foundations upon which HKTS can continue to build and expand. I would then like to express my gratitude to the new Council and committees, and we shall also thank the CHEST Delegation Hong Kong and Macau Limited and the Hong Kong Lung Foundation [HKLF] for mutual support and invaluable guidance. I hope we can live up to expectations and keep up the excellence set by our predecessors.

We are going to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the HKTS, and to rejoice, also the 20th anniversary of the HKLF. These past decades have witnessed the conjoint efforts of HKLF, ACCP and HKTS, in achieving many tripartite collaborations, such as promoting and assisting healthcare professionals to advance medical knowledge and clinical skills, raising public awareness of the importance of preventing and treating respiratory diseases, improving internal communication and multidisciplinary cohesiveness. To celebrate anniversaries, the three societies have planned to join hands again in the furtherance of common missions and to excel beyond boundaries. Below are some coming events and highlighted activities.

Following the recent two annual themes of “A Decade after SARS” and “Airway Diseases”, we would like to broaden the scope towards a theme of ‘Advances of Respiratory Medicine’, with a view to covering more respiratory diseases of greater public interests, e.g. airway diseases, respiratory infections, lung cancer, sleep disorders, interventional bronchology. With the encouraging results from the publicity work attempted in recent years, we will base on accumulated experiences to organizing more media activities, community talks and campaign, health exhibition and spirometry checks. The outstanding work of website reform by the former newsletter and website subcommittee has greatly improved the communication platform among members. The new subcommittee consisting of many capable and enthusiastic members will continue the excellent efforts and further enhance the functionality of the website. The scientific and education subcommittee will continue their expertise contributions in organizing high quality scientific conference and symposia, certificate courses, and thematic workshops for our medical, nursing and allied health colleagues. Their efforts will extend to collaborate with professional organizations from the mainland and Macau to organize the HKTS ACCP Across Strait Symposium later this year.

With the concerted efforts of the Councils and your unfailing support, we will be creating together ever memorable anniversary events, and may we be able to go from strength to strength in the many years to come.

Dr. SO Kit Ying, Loletta

President, HKTS (2015-2017)