Cecilia Li - Hong Kong - Information Officer

1995- 1999 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Ph.D. in Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine,
1991- 1993 The Chinese University of Hong Kong M.Phil. in Clinical & Pathological Studies, nces, Faculty of Medicine
1978- 1981 Hong Kong Polytechnic University PDOT (passed with distinction)

Certification and Memberships
1988 - present Associate Member, Hong Kong Orthopaedic Association
1992 - present Life Member, Hong Kong Society for Surgery of the Hand
1996 - present Affiliated member, Hand Surgery Society of Chinese Medical Association.
2004 - 2007 Founding President, Asian Pacific Federation of Societies for Hand Therapists (APFSHT)
2005 - present Member, Accreditation and Review Committee, Occupational Therapists Board, Hong Kong
2007 - present Founding council member, Hong Kong Society for Hand Therapy
2015 - present Member, Rehabilitation Committee, International Society for Burns Injuries (ISBI)
2009 Gold Medal, 37th Geneva Innovation and Invention Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland (Smart Pressure Monitored Suit)
2012 State Scientific and Technological Progress Award (Second Class Award)
The State Council of The People’s Republic of China , China

Work Experience
I have been working as an occupational therapist for 10+ years prior to joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University as an academic. I have been passionate in the field of hand therapy ever since I was a student and I had wide experiences working in the field of orthopaedics, burns, hand rehabilitation, paediatrics in hospitals and rehabilitation centres. I joined PolyU in 1989 to start my academic work first as a lecturer, then to a full professor in 2007. During the 28+ years of work at the university, I was appointed as the BSc OT programme leader, MSc Rehabilitation Scheme leader and later became the Associate Head of the department (Rehabilitation Sciences). I am involved in teaching the core subjects on Physical dysfunction and the subject “Advanced OT practice in Hand rehabilitation” for the master students. Other than teaching the undergraduates, master and doctorate students, I have weekly consultation sessions at our University Rehabilitation Clinic where I meet patients with hand injuries, burn injuries, children with disabilities and other patients with physical disabilities. I also provide consultation services and programme planning for different organisations and serve as expert witness for medical legal cases. I completed my MPhil and PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. L.K. Hung, a famous hand surgeon at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and both of the research studies were on rheumatoid hand and paediatric hand. Currently, I am the visiting professors of Sichuan University, Chongqing No. 3 Military University, Kunming Medical University and Guangdong Industrial Rehabilitation Hospital.

Professional Activities
In 2004, I was elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Federation for Societies of Hand Therapists (APFSHT) at the joint conference with Asia Pacific Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand (APFSSH) in Japan. I was one of the founding members of the Hong Kong Society for Hand Therapy (HKSHT) which was established in 2007. Subsequently, I assisted the local organising committee to prepare the following hand conferences in Thailand (2006), Hong Kong (2008), Taiwan (2009), Indonesia (2002), Malaysia (2004). During the process of organising the APFSHT conferences, I assisted the local organizing committee to set up their own Hand therapy societies. So far, other than Japan and Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines have already formed their hand therapists’ societies. I was fortunate to meet with a number of hand therapy giants, Ms. Evelyn Mackin, Ms Elaine Fess, Ms. Judy Colditz who inspired me on their passion for patients with hand injuries. My research focus is on hand therapy, paediatric hand and burnt injuries. I have set up a research laboratory on hand and burns research. Currently, I am supervising 5 PhD students and 3 DHSc students.

88 indexed papers, 120+ conference abstracts, 9 books and 10 book chapters
Numerous presentations at International and National conferences, symposium, workshops and seminars.