Department of Surgery, CUHK

Cardiothoracic Surgery


The Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery is based at the Prince of Wales Hospital (PWH) an acute regional hospital as well as the teaching hospital associated with the Chinese University of Hong Kong. It performs over 700 major cases per year and provides complete services within the specialty for a population of approximately 2.2 million people excluding pediatric cardiac surgery and transplantation. There are 36 designated ward beds for Cardiothoracic patients in ward 7C (Level 7 New Build, PWH) and exclusive use of 6 high-dependency beds. Full private facilities are also available. As a teaching hospital, the Division contributes to the teaching and training of medical students, basic and higher surgical trainees and Overseas Fellows.


We provide clinical service for both cardiac and thoracic pathologies.

We have developed a high quality world-class service for the most complex of aortic and cardiac cases including multiple valvular surgeries, complex re-operative surgeries (12% of our workload) as well as routine coronary revascularisation procedures. Our mortality for elective coronary revascularisation has been < 1% for the last 5 consecutive years. Our mitral repair programme has flourished and we now have 3D echo for all patients pre and post-operatively with a repair success rate in ischemic and degenerative disease of > 90%. Our aortic surgery programme utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to provide complete treatment options for complex aortic cases involving interventional radiology, vascular surgery, cardiology and anaesthesia. We opened a 'state of the art' hybrid operating theatre in 2013 to facilitate streamlining of our aortic programme and we have provided endovascular treatments with or without hybrid interventions since 2007. We also provide full spectrum open aortic surgery including aortic root, arch, descending and thoracoabdominal aorta with excellent outcomes.

The thoracic side of our division provides world-class service in areas of minimally invasive video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for all thoracic conditions in adults and children, bronchoscopic and airway surgery, minimally invasive and bronchoscopic treatment for emphysema. More recently, the division has become the leader in the region for single port (uniportal) VATS, chest wall resection and reconstruction, and complex surgery utilizing state-of the-art hybrid operating theatre for localization and non-invasive ablation of lung tumours. Our team works closely with the internationally renowned lung cancer group from Department of Clinical Oncology to provide the best possible treatment plan and care for cancer patients.



The Division has ongoing clinical and basic science research interests which include:


Hybrid OR ENB Fluorescent Dye Marking VATS lung resection

Hybrid OR Non-Invasive Bronchoscopic Microwave Ablation of Lung Cancer

Robotic Thymectomy

Robotic Closure of right pleuroperitoneal fistulae

Robotic Excision of intra-thoracic schwannoma

Single Port VATS Vasoview Sympathectomy

Single Port VATS Hookwire Guided Wedge Resection

Single Port VATS Lobectomy

Single Port VATS Pneumonectomy


Selected Publications


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