Guan Bee Ong

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:771

Professor who put Hong Kong surgery on the world map

Professor Guan Bee Ong pioneered many surgical procedures that are now standard practice. He was a general surgeon whose innovations spanned several areas, but most notably head and neck surgery. In 1966 he performed Hong Kong's first open heart surgery. He was also distinguished in the fields of liver and biliary tract diseases, oesophageal surgery, and urinary diversion, and he made major advances in the treatment of bladder cancer, such as using a patient's stomach tissue to replace all or part of the bladder. He published more than 250 papers and 10 books and monographs and is credited with putting Hong Kong surgery firmly on the world map.

Former students recall him as a talented but formidable teacher who was not …

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