Prof. Paul LAI
Professor, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Prof. Paul BS LAI is an academic surgeon from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He serves as the chief of HBP Surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital. He is currently the Director of Surgical Outcome Monitoring and Improvement Program (SOMIP) at the Hospital Authority. Prof. Lai serves as the Director of the Office of Medical Education in Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, looking after the undergraduate medical programme. He has also received training in administrative medicine and was conferred the Fellowship of Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators in 2017 and Fellowship of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine in 2018. Prof. Lai is also concurrently appointed as the Medical Director, Quality & Safety at the CUHK Medical Centre, a new private teaching hospital where clinical services are expected to commence in January 2021.
Surgical Outcomes Monitoring and Improvement Program (SOMIP) is a Hospital Authority-wide surgical audit program with data collection started in 2008. The main purpose of SOMIP is to allow risk-adjusted comparison of patient outcomes among different participating hospitals. Surgical departments can then implement quality improvement programmes, basing on the audit results. In the past 11 years, we have witnessed significant improvement in a number of post-operative outcome parameters, including mortality and morbidities after elective and emergency surgery.
Apart from positive impact on patients’ post-operative outcomes, there is significant cost saving for the public services through reduction of post-operative hospital stay and costs for treatment and management of post-operative complications.
With the silver tsunami in Hong Kong, SOMIP is studying the impact of fragility on the perioperative management of geriatric surgical patients. Through better identification of risk factors and sharing of good practice, we hope to achieve further improvement through instillation of a culture of quality improvement in surgery and betterment of patient care.