Professor Hon Kam Lun Ellis

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Professor Hon Kam Lun Ellis

Professor, Department of Paediatrics, CUHK

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Dr Hon is Professor in Paediatrics at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received undergraduate medical education (MBBS) at the University of Western Australia. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatricians (FAAP) and Fellow of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM). His Doctor of Medicine (MD) thesis is on the assessment of eczema. He has published widely and his research interests include respiratory infections (including SARS), childhood injuries and poisoning, evaluation of eczema and the use of traditional Chinese medicine in treating eczema. He has also obtained postgraduate trainings in the following fields: Diploma of Child Health: University of Otago, New Zealand 1989 Diploma in Practical Dermatology: University of Wales College of Medicine, UK 2000 Postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine: University of Otago, NZ 2002


Current appointments
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine USA since 1994

  • Hong Kong College of Paediatricians since 1999; Fellow since 2003

  • Public Education Committee of Hong Kong Paediatric Society since 2001

  • Associate member of the Hong Kong Society of Dermatology & Venereology 2005

  • Council member of Hong Kong Society of Paediatric Respirology since 2005

  • New Territories East Cluster, Hospital Authority, Cluster Committee for Clinical Toxicology Services 2005-6

  • The Hong Kong Society of Clinical Toxicology since 2007

  • Hong Kong College of Paediatricians 2009: Convenor, Guidelines Working group

  • Hong Kong College of Paediatricians 2009: Committee member, Professional and Public Affairs

  • Fellow of United College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong since 2009

  • Committee member, UC Scholarships and Student Finance Committee since 2010

  • Editorial board, Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics since 2009

Previous appointments and awards
  • Co-opted Council Member of the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians 2005-2006

Research Interests
  • Pediatric intensive care

  • Pulmonary physiology

  • Respiratory viral infections

  • Injuries and poisonings

  • Transport medicine

  • Pediatric dermatology

  • Atopic eczema

  • Acne

  • Alopecia areata

  • Heavy metals

  • Chemokines and cytokines

  • Quality of life research

  • Traditional Chinese medicine


Recent Publications

  1. Hon KL, Pong NH, Wang SS, Lee VW, Luk NM, Leung TF. Acceptability and efficacy of an emollient containing ceramide-precursor lipids and moisturizing factors for atopic dermatitis in pediatric patients. Drugs R D. 2013 Mar;13:37-42.

  2. Hon KL, Leung AK. Use of ceramides and related products for childhood-onset eczema. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2013 Jan 1;7:12-9.  

  3. Hon KL, Leung AK. Neonatal lupus erythematosus. Autoimmune Dis.  2012;2012:301274.

  4. Hon KL, Wang SS, Lee KK, Lee VW, Leung TF, Ip M. Combined antibiotic/corticosteroid cream in the empirical treatment of moderate to severe eczema: friend or foe? J Drugs Dermatol. 2012 Jul;11(7):861-4.

  5. Wang SS, Hon KL, Sy HY, Kong AP, Chan IH, Tse LY, Lam CW, Wong GW, Chan JC, Leung TF. Interactions between genetic variants of FLG and chromosome 11q13 locus determine susceptibility for eczema phenotypes. J Invest Dermatol. 2012 Jul;132(7):1930-2.

  6. Hon KL, Wang SS, Wong WL, Poon WK, Mak KY, Leung TF. Skin prick testing in atopic eczema: atopic to what and at what age? World J Pediatr. 2012 May;8(2):164-8.

  7. Hon KL, Wang SS, Pong NH, Leung TF. The ideal moisturizer: a survey of parental expectations and practice in childhood-onset eczema. J Dermatolog Treat. 2013 Feb;24(1):7-12.

  8. Hon KL, Leung TF, Cheng WY, Ko NM, Tang WK, Wong WW, Yeung WH, Chan PK. Respiratory syncytial virus morbidity, premorbid factors, seasonality, and implications for prophylaxis. J Crit Care. 2012 Oct;27(5):464-8.

  9. Hon KL, Ching GK, Ng PC, Leung TF. Exploring CCL18, eczema severity and atopy. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2011 Nov;22(7):704-7.

  10. Hon KL, Chan BC, Leung PC. Chinese herbal medicine research in eczema treatment. Chin Med. 2011 Apr 28;6:17.

  11. Hon KL, Leung AK. Alopecia areata. Recent Pat Inflamm Allergy Drug Discov. 2011 May;5(2):98-107. Review.

  12. Hon KL, Lo W, Cheng WK, Leung TF, Chow CM, Lau CB, Fok TF, Ng PC, Leung PC. Prospective self-controlled trial of the efficacy and tolerability of a herbal syrup for young children with eczema. J Dermatolog Treat. 2012 Apr;23(2):116-21.

  13. Hon KL, Leung AK. Childhood accidents: injuries and poisoning. Adv Pediatr. 2010;57(1):33-62. doi: 10.1016/j.yapd.2009.08.010. Review.

  14. Hon KL, Chan IH, Chow CM, Wang SS, Lam CW, Ng PC, Leung TF. Specific IgE of common foods in Chinese children with eczema. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2011 Feb;22(1 Pt 1):50-3.

  15. Hon KL, Wang SS, Hung EC, Lam HS, Lui HH, Chow CM, Ching GK, Fok TF, Ng PC, Leung TF. Serum levels of heavy metals in childhood eczema and skin diseases: friends or foes. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2010 Aug;21(5):831-6.

  16. Hon KL, Leung AK. Severe childhood respiratory viral infections. Adv Pediatr. 2009;56:47-73. doi: 10.1016/j.yapd.2009.08.019. Review.

  17. Hon KL, Leung TF, Cheung KL, Nip SY, Ng J, Fok TF, Ng PC. Severe childhood injuries and poisoning in a densely populated city: where do they occur and what type? J Crit Care. 2010 Mar;25(1):175.e7-12.

  18. Ching GK, Hon KL, Ng PC, Leung TF. Filaggrin null mutations in childhood atopic dermatitis among the Chinese. Int J Immunogenet. 2009 Aug;36(4):251-4.

  19. Hon KL, Leung TF, Ching G, Chow CM, Luk V, Ko WS, Ng PC. Patterns of food and aeroallergen sensitization in childhood eczema. Acta Paediatr. 2008 Dec;97(12):1734-7.

  20. Hon KL, Ho JK, Hung EC, Cheung KL, Ng PC. Poisoning necessitating pediatric ICU admissions: size of pupils does matter. J Natl Med Assoc. 2008 Aug;100(8):952-6.

  21. Chan BC, Hon KL, Leung PC, Sam SW, Fung KP, Lee MY, Lau HY. Traditional Chinese medicine for atopic eczema: PentaHerbs formula suppresses inflammatory mediators release from mast cells. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008 Oct 30;120(1):85-91.

  22. Hon KL, Leung TF, Chan SY, Cheung KL, Ng PC. Indoor versus outdoor childhood  submersion injury in a densely populated city. Acta Paediatr. 2008 Sep;97(9):1261-4.

  23. Leung TF, Wong KY, Wong CK, Fung KP, Lam CW, Fok TF, Leung PC, Hon KL. In vitro and clinical immunomodulatory effects of a novel Pentaherbs concoction for atopic dermatitis. Br J Dermatol. 2008 Jun;158(6):1216-23.

  24. Hon KL, Leung AK, Ng PC. Unusual loss of body hair in childhood: Trichotillomania or alopecia. Adv Ther. 2008 Apr;25(4):380-7.

  25. Hon KL, Wong KY, Leung TF, Chow CM, Ng PC. Comparison of skin hydration evaluation sites and correlations among skin hydration, transepidermal water loss, SCORAD index, Nottingham Eczema Severity Score, and quality of life in patients with atopic dermatitis. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2008;9(1):45-50.

  26. Hon KL, Lam MC, Wong KY, Leung TF, Ng PC. Pathophysiology of nocturnal scratching in childhood atopic dermatitis: the role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor and substance P. Br J Dermatol. 2007 Nov;157(5):922-5.

  27. Hon KL, Wong KY, Cheung LK, Ha G, Lam MC, Leung TF, Chow CM, Tang YM, Luk NM, Leung AK. Efficacy and problems associated with using a wet-wrap garment for children with severe atopic dermatitis. J Dermatolog Treat. 2007;18(5):301-5.

  28. Hon KL, Leung TF, Lam MC, Wong KY, Chow CM, Ko WS, Fok TF, Leung AK. Eczema exacerbation and food atopy beyond infancy: how should we advise Chinese parents about dietary history, eczema severity, and skin prick testing? Adv Ther. 2007 Mar-Apr;24(2):223-30.

  29. Hon KL, Leung TF, Ng PC, Lam MC, Kam WY, Wong KY, Lee KC, Sung YT, Cheng KF, Fok TF, Fung KP, Leung PC. Efficacy and tolerability of a Chinese herbal medicineconcoction for treatment of atopic dermatitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Br J Dermatol. 2007 Aug;157(2):357-63.

  30. Hon KL, Kam WY, Leung TF, Lam MC, Wong KY, Lee KC, Luk NM, Fok TF, Ng PC. Steroid fears in children with eczema. Acta Paediatr. 2006 Nov;95(11):1451-5.

  31. Hon KL, Lam MC, Leung TF, Kam WY, Lee KC, Li MC, Fok TF, Ng PC. Nocturnal wrist movements are correlated with objective clinical scores and plasma chemokine levels in children with atopic dermatitis. Br J Dermatol. 2006 Apr;154(4):629-35.

  32. Hon KL, Kam WY, Lam MC, Leung TF, Ng PC. CDLQI, SCORAD and NESS: are they correlated? Qual Life Res. 2006 Dec;15(10):1551-8. Epub 2006 Jul 7.

  33. Hon KL, Kwok LW, Leung TF. Snakebites in children in the densely populated city of Hong Kong: a 10-year survey.  Acta Paediatr. 2004 Feb;93(2):270-2

  34. Hon KL, Leung CW, Cheng WT, Chan PK, Chu WC, Kwan YW, Li AM, Fong NC, Ng PC, Chiu MC, Li CK, Tam JS, Fok TF.  Clinical presentations and outcome of severe acute respiratory syndrome in children. Lancet. 2003 May 17;361(9370):1701-3

  35. Hon EK, Hultquist KA, Loescher T, Raszynski A, Torbati D, Tabares C, Wolfsdorf J. Intratracheal pulmonary ventilation in a rabbit lung injury model: continuous airway pressure monitoring and gas exchange efficacy.  Crit Care Med. 2000 Jul;28(7):2480-5.


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