Prof. Milton Ka Hong Leong was brought up in Hong Kong, finished his basic school years, and then went to attend McGill University in Montreal Canada. He did Honours Biochemistry as an undergraduate, and then Medical School. Further postgraduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed, and he obtained his specialists degree in 1974. He then went to London on a McLaughlin Fellowship granted by the Canadian Royal College where he studied under Professors Richard Beard and Stuart Campbell. Returning to Montreal, he joined the McGill University Department as academic staff, and was active in teaching and also headed the High Risk Obstetric Unit.
In 1979 Prof. Leong returned to Hong Kong and engaged in private practice. Seeing a need at that time, he started to concentrate in the study and treatment of Infertility. He set up the IVF Centre at the Hong Kong Sanatorium and Hospital, a private hospital, in joint venture form, and with his partner Dr Clement Leung, they built it up to be one of the most successful IVF clinics in Asia and the world. He “made” and delivered the first IVF baby in Hong Kong in 1985,and in the last 20 years had researched, published, and taught the art and science of infertility and the assisted reproductive techniques.
Prof. Leong is a member of the various reproductive medicine societies, and various international committees. He lecture widely, and still plays an active academic role, and remains to be an Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in McGill University. His current interest is how to provide the optimal treatment for infertile patients using a patient orientated, more holistic approach.
Professor Zeev Shoham was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. He received his M.D. degree in 1981 at the Hadassah Medical Center, under the supervision of Profs. M. Lancet, M.G. Elder, B. Lunenfeld and H. Jacobs. In 1991 Prof. Shoham received the define …ESHRE European Prize for the best Research Study in Europe. Professor Shoham currently serves as the Director of the Reproductive and Endocrinology Unit, Kaplan Medical Center, Rehovot, Israel.
Furthermore, Prof. Shoham has published over 130 papers in the field of Reproductive Medicine, contributed chapters to numerous books, and edited two books. His most recent textbook is a 3rd edition of Assisted Reproductive Techniques: Laboratory and Clinical Perspective.
In the series of congresses on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility (COGI) Professor Shoham is the co-founder and organizer, and is the Secretary of the Academy of Clinical Debates and Controversies in Medicine.