President Pellegrini, it is my distinct honor to present to you a truly renowned hepatobiliary and transplant surgeon, Prof. Chung-Mau Lo, better known as CM Lo, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
I have known Professor Lo for more than 20 years, beginning with his time as a visiting research fellow in the Dumont-University of California, Los Angeles, Liver Cancer Center transplant center from January to December 1993. What he has accomplished since that time and the impact on this field are truly remarkable.
Professor Lo received his surgical training at Queen Mary Hospital at the University of Hong Kong and was promoted to professor of surgery there in 1999. His academic career took a meteoric trajectory, and in 2011, at the age of 42, he was made professor and chair of hepatobiliary surgery at the University of Hong Kong and chair of the department of surgery at Queen Mary Hospital. Furthermore, because of his visionary progress, he was a principal force in founding and leading the new department of surgery at the Shen-Chen Hospital in mainland China in 2012.
Professor Lo is unquestionably a triple-threat academic leader in the surgical field; he is an extraordinary surgeon, an outstanding teacher, and a prolific investigator. Among other accomplishments, he pioneered living related liver transplantation in Asia, and he and his team were the first to perform a right lobe living related transplant in 1996. The initial series of seven such cases was reported to the American Surgical Association in 1997. Today, Professor Lo and his associates have performed more than 300 cases, with excellent results. In addition, he has made numerous important contributions to the treatment of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, made innovative advances in early detection and use of adjuvant therapy, and improved technical advances of large tumors using a novel anterior approach.
Professor Lo has been a prolific investigator and has received more than $10 million in peer-reviewed grants studying liver graft injury. He has been an outstanding mentor for residents and fellows and has been the principal supervisor for nine PhD students studying important areas, such as stem cell therapy for liver failure and genetic signatures as prognostic indicators for acute-phase hepatic injury and tumor invasiveness.
His service to professional societies has been exemplary, and he has served as president of the International Liver Transplant Society and the International Society for Digestive Surgery, and is an honorary member of both the American Surgical Association and the European Surgical Association.
In addition to his extraordinary academic and surgical accomplishments, Professor Lo is devoted to his wife, Amy C.W. Lo, and their two children, Arthur and Carmen. He is also an avid sports player.
Mr. President, I am honored to be able to present Prof. Chung-Mau Lo to you for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Lo is an internationally acclaimed surgeon who has been instrumental in advancing clinical and investigational surgery worldwide.