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Prof. Maurice YAP

Professor Maurice Yap
K.B. Woo Family Professor in Optometry
Chair Professor of Optometry
Biographical Sketch

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 Head of the Department of Optometry and Radiography. From 2005-7, he was Head of the newly formed School of Optometry. He was appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences in 2010. He served as Dean of the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences from 2011-7.

Professor Yap has been a member of the Hospital Authority Board since 2011 and serves on several of its functional committees, including the Executive Committee. He also chairs the Main Tender Board and the Medical Services Development Committee. He was appointed Chairman of the Hospital Governing Committee of Shatin Hospital in 2017 and member of the Hospital Governing Committee of the Hong Kong Children’s Hospital in 2018.

Professor Yap serves on various committees and panels of the Food and Health Bureau. He also serves 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.

Professor Yap is an Honorary Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, The University of Hong Kong and a Visiting Professor and a doctoral mentor at the West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University.

Professor Yap was appointed a Justice of the Peace by the Hong Kong SAR government in 2015.

Professor Yap has had a long-standing research interest in myopia, in particular, the control of myopia progression. His other interests include health governance and healthcare systems.