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Administrative support: Ms. Esther Lam

Telephone (office): (852) 3505-2982


Dr. HO Chi Hang Assunta

  • Associate Consultant, Department of Paediatrics, Prince of Wales Hospital

  • Clinical Associate Professor (honorary), Department of Paediatrics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

MBChB, MRCPCH (London), FHKAM (Paediatrics), FHKCP, DCH (Hong Kong, International)


Dr. Assunta Ho joined the Department after receiving her MBChB from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1999. She obtained the Membership of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (United Kingdom) in 2003, as well as the Fellowships of the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians and the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine three years later in 2006.

Inspired by Dr. Joannie Hui, her mentor and long term friend, she develops an immense interest in Paediatric Rheumatology early in her career. In 2008, she was awarded the HM Lui Fellowship to embark on Paediatric Rheumatology training at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Ho is the serving Vice President of the Hong Kong Society for Paediatric Rheumatology (HKSPR) since 2014. She is currently a member of the Paediatric Rheumatology Special Interest Group, the Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology and the Paediatric Rheumatology European Society.

She has been leading several local and regional initiatives, including the Hong Kong Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) treatment algorithm, the Hong Kong territory-wide JIA registry, as well as contributing to the APLAR PaedsRheum SIG projects.

Dr. Ho is very passionate towards collaborating with friends and colleagues working in the subspecialty. She firmly believes it can help to promote and ultimately improve the care provided to these children.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of paediatric rheumatic diseases

  • Focus conditions include Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, inflammatory myositis, non-infectious uveitis, etc.

Non-CUHK honorary appointments

  • Vice president, the Hong Kong Society for Paediatric Rheumatology

  • Member and work group lead, Asia Pacific League Against Rheumatism Paediatric Special Interest Group (APLAR PaedsRheum SIG)

  • Honorary Visiting Consultant, Heep Hong Society

Professional Service

  • Reviewer, International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases

  • Member, Joint CUHK-NTEC Clinical Research Ethics Committee

Academic Engagement in CUHK

  • Undergraduate teaching for medical students

  • Postgraduate teaching for medical, pharmacy and nursing colleagues on topics including paediatrics, paediatric rheumatology, etc.

Awards and Honour

  • The HM Lui Fellowship, 2008

  • Hospital Authority Corporate Scholarship (Rheumatology), 2019/2020

Selected Publications - Rheumatology

  1. Ho ACH, Wong SN, Leung CK, Chan WKY, Chong PCC, Tse NKC, Yeung RHM, Kong SY and Lee KP on behalf of the JIA Work Group, Hong Kong Society for Paediatric Rheumatology. Biological Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis of polyarticular course, Enthesitis Related Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis: A Consensus Statement. Hong Kong Medical Journal 2020;26:56-65.

  2. Saper VE; Chen G; Deutsch GH; Guillerman RP; Birgmeier J; Jagadeesh K; Canna S; Schulert G; Deterding R; Xu J; Leung AN; Bouzoubaa L; Abulaban K; Baszis K; Behrens EM; Birmingham J; Casey A; Cidon M; Cron RQ; De A; De Benedetti F; Ferguson I; Fishman MP; Goodman SI; Graham TB; Grom AA; Haines K; Hazen M; Henderson LA; Ho A; Ibarra M; Inman CJ; Jerath R; Khawaja K; Kingsbury DJ; Klein-Gitelman M; Lai K; Lapidus S; Lin C; Lin J; Liptzin DR; Milojevic D; Mombourquette J; Onel K; Ozen S; Perez M; Phillippi K; Prahalad S; Radhakrishna S; Reinhardt A; Riskalla M; Rosenwasser N; Roth J; Schneider R; Schonenberg-Meinema D; Shenoi S; Smith JA; Sonmez HE; Stoll ML; Towe C; Vargas SO; Vehe RK; Young LR; Yang J; Desai T; Balise R; Lu Y; Tian L; Bejerano G; Davis MM; Khatri P; Mellins ED; Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance Registry Investigators. Emergent high fatality lung disease in systemic juvenile arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 78(12):1722-1731, 2019 Dec.

  3. Ho M, Chen LJ, Sin HPY, Iu LPL, Brelen M , Ho ACH, Lai TYY, Young AL. Experience of using adalimumab in treating sight-threatening paediatric or adolescent Behcet’s disease-related uveitis. Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection (2019) 9:14.

  4. Ho A, Hasson N, Singh-Grewal D. Sarcoidosis or scleroderma? An unusual case of sarcoidosis in a 3-year-old Caucasian girl. Rheumatology 2009;48(9):1172-1173.

  5. Wong SN, Tse KC, Lee TL, Lee KW, Chim S, Lee KP, Chu WP, Chan W, Fong LW, Hui J, Li SPS, Yeung PS, Yuen SF, Ho ACH, Leung LCK, Luk D, Chan SY, Cheung HM, Chow CM, Lau D. Lupus nephritis in Chinese children--a territory-wide cohort study in Hong Kong. Pediatric Nephrology. 2006; 21(8):1104-12.

  6. WH Chan, MYW Kwan, DC Lung, WKY Chan, MC Chan, FWT Cheng, CM Chow, ACH Ho, TL Ku, WM Lai, DWY Mak, CH Ng, FMH Poon, SMY Wong, RMS Wong, SN Wong, EKC Yau, HLY Chan, MH Chang, JF Wu, XB Xie, YL Lau, KC Chan. Recommendations in the Prevention and Management of Hepatitis B Reactivation in Paediatric Patients Receiving Immunosuppressive Therapy in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China. Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics (New Series) 2021;26:245-253.

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