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About the Website: Developmental milestones (in reverse chronological order):
Apr: Online application form was first successfully used for enrollment to the HKTS/ACCP (HK & Macau Chapter) Certificate Course in Non-Invasive Ventilation 2012. Secretarial work, printed material and postage fee were thus greatly reduced.

Jun: Dr Ng Chun Kong joined the website editorial board

Mar: Old issues of Newsletters archived on the website
May: Members of the Information Technology Subcommitte begin to convert materials from all issues of the Newsletter (since 1991) into electronic format and to upload them to the website in an easily searchable format.

Dec: Overall structure of the website is mature. Old issues since 2005 are uploaded for display. Videos and photos display are feasbile. July: Server ready for uploading of materials. Design of contents begins.
May: Decision to start the development of a Joint Website of Hong Kong Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians (Hong Kong & Macau Chapter)
March: Suggestion to build a new website for all respiratory societies in Hong Kong

About Hong Kong Respiratory Medicine: Profile of the Hong Kong Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians (Hong Kong and Macau Chapter) and Hong Kong Lung Foundation

Written by Dr David Hui, HKTS President, Dr KS Chan, ACCP (HKM) President and Dr HS Chan HKLF Chairman in 2004
The Hong Kong Thoracic Society (HKTS) was established in August 1987 with Dr SL Chan, Dr SY So and Dr WK Lam as the founding President, Vice-President and Hon Secretary respectively. As of February 5,2004, we have a total of 894 members. The Society works along with the following objectives:

1. To promote the advancement of study of thoracic diseases.
2. To coordinate and correlate the efforts of organizations, companies, associations, societies, institutions, statutory bodies and other authorities and individuals interested in the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of thoracic diseases with a view to reduce morbidity and mortality in Hong Kong.
3. To promote, foster, develop and assist medical and allied profession in the study of and the acquisition, dissemination and application of knowledge and information concerning the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of thoracic disease.

There are 3 committees in the HKTS looking after different aspects related to the development of Respiratory Medicine in Hong Kong. The Scientific Committee is responsible for coordinating the territory-wide clinical and epidemiology studies, surveys, disease registries and practice guidelines. Studies performed include the adult lung function study, survey on home non-invasive ventilation, survey on mesothelioma, survey on practice of fiberoptic bronchoscopy, a project on community acquired pneumonia and a study on risk factors of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Hong Kong. The Education Committee looks after the organisation of clinical and scientific meetings, workshops, and seminars. The Publicity and Membership Committee is responsible for the publication of the HKTS newsletter (published quarterly), maintenance of web-page and membership list.

The Hong Kong and Macau Chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) was historically the earliest professional society of Respiratory Medicine in Hong Kong. It was established in the early 60s, probably 1962. The founding members and office bearers were Dr. Li Shu Fun, Dr. Morgan Lu KC, and Dr. Kenneth Hui KL. In subsequent formative years, it was under the leadership of Sister Gabriel and Sister Aquinas of Ruttonjee Sanatorium; and Dr PAL Horsfall of Grantham Hospital. The 7th Asia Pacific Congress on Diseases of the Chest (APCDC), the first ever international chest conference to be held in Hong Kong, was organised by the Chapter in 1981. The Organising Committee, Scientific Committee, and the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the Congress included the following: Sister M Aquinas, Sister M Gabriel, Dr Morgan Lu, Dr Donald Yu, Prof CK Mok, Dr 3SL Chan, Dr PL Nandi, Dr David Lum, Dr S P Li, Dr SY So and Professor WK Lam, with Dr PAL Horsfall being the President of the Organising Committee.

Initially, there was no legal registration as a corporation and the local Chapter simply adopted the by-laws of the parent ACCP. Before the establishment of Hong Kong Thoracic Society in 1987, the Chapter was responsible for organising local educational activities once every 4-6 weeks. Every year the local Chapter was responsible for the collection of annual subscription, 10% of which was retained for operational utilization, and the scientific activities of the Chapter and financial status were reported to the parent College.

The Chapter was formally incorporated under limited company ordinance on 18th February 1986 with Dr SY So as the first President; Dr SY So and Professor WK Lam as subscribers. Thereafter, the Presidents of the Chapter in succession were: Professor WK Lam, Dr Joseph Pang, Dr William Chen, Dr CY Tse, Dr HS Chan, Dr Jane Chan, Dr Roland Leung, Dr CM Tam, and Dr Thomas Mok; with Dr KS Chan as the current President. The key objectives of the Chapter are:

1. To maintain an international society of highly qualified specialists in cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine and surgery and related disciplines.
2. To promote the highest possible standards in clinical practice, education and research in cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine and surgery and related disciplines.
3. To provide high quality education programs designed to maintain and advance the highest possible standards of medical practice as it pertains to cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine and surgery and related disciplines.
4. To co-operate with medical schools and other scientific organisations and societies in providing the best possible undergraduate instruction in cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine and surgery and related disciplines.
5. To promote co-operation with other organisations with the highest possible standards in allied health professions and service.

Since the establishment of Hong Kong Thoracic Society in 1987, the Chapter has been closely collaborating with HKTS in achieving its missions. The organization of scientific and academic meetings including regular and annual meetings and seminars, the 13thAPCDC in 1994,the 20thEastern Region Conference of IUATLD in 1999, the conduction of research studies and delivery of public education are shining examples of the Chapter's dedicated effort to fulfil its objectives. Currently the Chapter has 83 fellows, 16 members, 16 affiliated members, and 2 allied health members; with a total membership of 117. Throughout the years, the Chapter has been under the successive leadership of our Regent Dr Horsfall, Dr Nandi, Professor WK Lam, and currently Professor Mary Ip. The reminiscences of development of Respiratory Medicine in Hong Kong remind us of the pioneer work of our forefathers and foremothers, and the steering of many leaders throughout the years; and to all of them, we owe a debt of gratitude.

The Hong Kong Lung Foundation (HKLF) was established in March 1996 with Professor WK Lam, Professor Christopher Lai and Dr William Chen as the founding Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Hon Secretary respectively. The objective of the HKLF is to promote public education in respiratory health and disease (e.g. printing educational materials in asthma and COPD), support research activities in respiratory diseases and health (e.g. the HKLF Research Grant), and support professional education and training in respiratory medicine and related disciplines (e.g. HKLF Fellowships). The HKLF fellowships were awarded to members in supporting their research training in overseas countries like the U.S.A, the UK and Australia.

The 3 organisations, HKTS, ACCP and HKLF, are collaborating in a concerted efforts to contribute to the respiratory field in Hong Kong. Each year, the HKTS/ACCP and HKLF jointly hold two scientific meetings (Annual Scientific Meeting and Autumn Respiratory Seminar). These two meetings are important for disseminating the latest medical advances and practice guidelines to professionals in the respiratoryfield. In the comingDecember,2004, HKTS,ACCP and HKLFwill jointly work with the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR) in organising the 9thCongress of the APSR to be held in Hong Kong SAR from Dec 10-13.

HKTS/ACCP/HKLF have also been actively promoting the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) in Hong Kong. In addition the 3 organizations worked together and drafted various guidelines for reference by our local respiratory community, an example of this is the infection control guideline for common respiratory procedures.