About Us

The Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit(AEMAU) 


In the early 1990’s, Professor Arthur Li, Professor Tek Oh and Professor Allan Chan all recognised the importance of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in its own right and as the gatekeeper of an acute hospital. Consequently, the Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit (AEMAU) was established on 2 October 1995, with Professor Robert Cocks as its first Director.

The unit was the first of its kind in Asia. The Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong tasked the unit to provide clinical, administrative, educational and research leadership in Emergency Medicine, not only in Hong Kong but more widely in China and across the Asia-Pacific region. Since its inception, the Department of Surgery has hosted the AEMAU administratively but the unit functions with almost complete autonomy and has an independent budget.


Professor Peter Cameron served as the unit’s second Director, and was followed by Professor Timothy Rainer who was Director from August 2003 until March 2015. During this period, staff in the unit pursued many research themes, including trauma, infectious disease (including SARS and influenza), cardiovascular disease, stroke care, critical care, disaster medicine and aviation medicine.


The unit is currently led by Professor Colin Graham and we continue to undertake research in several areas of interest while providing teaching to every undergraduate final year medical student in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, along with students from other medical years and disciplines, and visiting elective students. We continue to foster local and international collaborations with other departments and institutions and we are committed to interdisciplinary research and education.


We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our unit. Please feel free to contact us and send any comments and questions by e-mail or telephone. Visitors are very welcome to come and visit our offices on the 2nd Floor of the Main Clinical Block and Trauma Centre at Prince of Wales Hospital.