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Professor Maurice Yap completed his BSc and PhD degrees at the University of Bradford, UK. After postdoctoral studies, he joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic in 1987. From 1991-8, he served as senior lecturer in the Department of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. He returned to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1998 as Professor and was promoted to Chair Professor of Optometry in 2003. He was the K.B. Woo Family Professor in Optometry until his retirement in 2022.

Professor Yap has served as Head of the Department of Optometry and Radiography (1998-2005) and the School of Optometry (2005-7). He was Associate Dean (2010-1) and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (2011-7). He has served on numerous university committees/panels, and chaired the University Equipment and General Purchases Tender Committee (2018-22) as well as the Grievance Committee (2020-2).

Professor Yap was a member of the Hospital Authority Board from 2011-8 and served on several of its functional committees, including the Executive Committee. He chaired the Main Tender Board (2012-8)and the Medical Services Development Committee (2013-8) . He has served on numerous appointment panels for senior management staff and chaired panels reviewing clinical governance and sentinel & serious untoward events policy. He served as a member of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital (2018-20) and currently chairs the Hospital Governing Committee of Shatin Hospital.

Professor Yap has served on various committees and panels of the Food and Health Bureau of the HKSAR Government and currently serves on the Grant Review Board of the Health & Medical Research Fund. He has also served on programme accreditation and review panels for the Nursing Council (HKSAR), the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand and the Open University of Hong Kong.

In recognition of his public service, Professor Yap was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the HKSAR Government in 2015.

Research interests

  • Myopia
  • Optometry services
  • Healthcare governance

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Visiting Professor , Eye College, Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine

2019 → …

Visiting Professor , North Sichuan Medical College

2017 → …

Non-official Justice of the Peace, Government of Hong Kong SAR

1 Jul 2015 → …

Honorary Professor , Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Hong Kong

2007 → …

PhD Mentor, West China School of Medicine

2007 → …

Visiting Professor, West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University

2006 → …


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