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Dr Joseph Leung is currently the Mr & Mrs C W Law Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Davis and Chief of Gastroenterology for the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System.
He graduated as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Hong Kong in 1975 and obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1986.
After his postgraduate training with Dr. Peter Cotton at the Middlesex Hospital, he joined the Prince of Wales Hospital, CUHK in 1983. He set up the combined endoscopy unit for the hospital and introduced live demonstration endoscopy teaching in Asia.
In October 1991, he relocated to the United States was appointed Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina and Chief of Endoscopy at the Durham VA Medical Center.
In 1994, he joined the University of California, Davis Medical Center as Chief of Gastroenterology where he served in that position for 7 years. The GI service at UC Davis was recognized in the top 40 GI programs in the US. He is currently Chief of Gastroenterology for the VA Northern California Health Care System.
Dr. Leung was nominated the Alberta Heritage Foundation Visiting Scientist at the University of Calgary, Canada in 1988. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh in 1989, Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow in 1991 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1994. He was awarded Fellowship of the American College of Physicians in 1996. He was appointed visiting professor to a number of universities in the Philippines, Korea, China as well as the US. He is currently the Governor for the American College of Gastroenterology for Northern California and Regional Councilor for the ACG Region V.
Dr Leung's research interests include endoscopic hemostasis for peptic ulcer bleeding, and endoscopic management of biliary obstruction. His current research focuses on the role of biliary sludge in stent blockage and biliary stone formation, and methods to prevent stent occlusion. He has published over 130 peer review papers, more than 200 abstracts, 65 book chapters and 2 books. He is an associate editor for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and a reviewer for several GI journals.