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Kevin Lau

Kevin Lau

Doctor and businessman

Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Hong Kong and educated here and in Canada. I’m a doctor, specifically a radiologist, and I also have masters degrees in public health and public administration. I worked at Kwong Wah Hospital from 2005 to 2016, when I entered private practice. I established Trinity Medical Imaging Centre and Trinity Medical Centre and am currently the founder and medical director.

What’s one thing not a lot of people know about you?
When people hear I’m a doctor, they may also be surprised to know I also have roles in NGOs and public service.

Did you always want to be a doctor?
I didn’t grow up thinking I was destined to be a doctor. But in the summer before my last year in high school, my mother suggested that I become a volunteer at the Queen Mary Hospital. Until then, I’d rarely interacted with doctors and hardly at all with patients, so this gave me an entirely new outlook on life. One patient that I became particularly close to was suffering from end-stage renal failure and was on constant dialysis. It was an eye- opener to talk to someone with such a severe illness, to witness their emotions and to come to understand their needs. It made me realise that being a doctor wasn’t just about prescribing medicine or specifying treatment. Instead, it was about making very real human connections and demonstrating the kind of empathy that can make a world of difference.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced in your career?
Covid-19 brought about unprecedented challenges, and has had a significant impact on my business. But it’s also propelled me to think more creatively about meeting the health needs of our community. In times of challenge and difficulty, we can choose to learn, develop and grow from them and with positivity and a supportive team, we can overcome anything that comes our way.

Whom do you look up to and why?
My faith is very important to me and God strengthens my spirit and encourages me when I’m down. He enables me to stay positive when I’m facing challenges and often gives me the guidance I need to weather storms. I’m also fortunate to have many wonderful uncles and aunties who share their experiences with me and give me valuable advice. Having a strong marriage has also been my anchor, as my wife, Christine, is also a partner and runs different companies in the group.

What are the main attributes for success in your profession?
If I had to highlight a few, I’d say passion, dedication and empathy. To be successful in anything we must be passionate about it and feel so strongly about it that it drives us forward. Passion might be what triggers us to do something but it’s dedication that take us through the journey. Lastly, I think empathy is core to success in life because life is about connecting with people, and especially in my line of work where it’s all about understanding and serving the needs of other people.

What are you most proud of?
I think most people are proud of their successes but for me, I’m most proud of how I’ve responded to my failures, of which I have had my fair share. I’m proud of how, with the support and encouragement of many, I’ve been able to bounce back to turn my setbacks into opportunities to grow in other areas and keep a positive mindset through tough times.

What advice would you offer aspiring doctors?
To ask themselves why they want to enter the profession and what their mission is in being a doctor. I hope their purpose in choosing this profession is clear and that they then become doctors who serve patients altruistically, empathetically and tirelessly.

What can we look forward to from you in the next 12 months?
With the world being and evolving the way it is now, it’s sometimes hard to know what will happen next week or next month. However, I’m someone who always has new ideas and I love exploring different ways to grow my business, serve the community and help charities, so I’m
open to opportunities that will be created or arise and would say that anything is possible in the next 12 months!

Location: Mont Rouge, Kerry Properties