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Dr. Donald Greig

Dr. Donald Greig, a General Surgeon, has been in Hong Kong private practice for over 25 years. Prior to his practice in Hong Kong, he had undergone his surgical training in both open and laparoscopic techniques in Edinburgh, Scotland for 10 years as a Research Fellow, senior trainee, senior lecturer and a consultant surgeon.
In 1990, he was attached to University Department of Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital Hong Kong for 1 year as a visiting lecturer.
He returned to Hong Kong, a place he now regards as home, on a permanent basis in 1998 to work as a surgical specialist in a large private practice (QHMS).  


In 2002, Dr. Greig, along with several of his colleagues established Hong Kong Surgical Specialists in Jardine House, a multidisciplinary practice of surgical and anaesthetic specialists, and physiotherapists from Prohealth Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy Centres.

General Surgical Services

Prevention of Colon Cancer:

Colonoscopy diagnostic and screening program in over 40 year olds for the detection of premalignant polyps and in patients with family histories of colorectal cancer.


A colon cancer prevention program has now been running for 26 years with not a single patient developing colorectal cancer if they have remained within the program. As colorectal cancer is the most common cancer in Hong Kong and globally in the top three, I believe this is a testament to the efficacy of the program.

Prevention of Lower Oesophageal Cancer:

Gastroscopy is used for the assessment of upper gastrointestinal symptoms and screening of patients with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease and precancerous Barrett’s oesophagus. The establishment of an endoscopic screening program to prevent lower oesophageal cancer developing in patients with Barrett’s oesophagus has been effective. To date, no patients on the 26-year program have developed oesophageal cancer.


Gastroscopy: assessment of upper gastrointestinal symptoms


Hernia surgery offering laparoscopic techniques currently available with less discomfort & earlier return to work together with open hernia surgery techniques which are used where appropriate


Comprehensive breast care: consultations within 48 hours of referral; 36 hour diagnostic service for the results of FNAs and mammograms; mammographic screening program; cancer risk assessment


Laparoscopic l Keyhole / Minimally Invasive surgery diagnostic: hernias, appendicectomy, cholecystectomy, splenectomy, adhesiolysis, small bowel resection, colectomy, reflux disease / hiatus hernia, liver biopsy


Surgical dermatology: consultation, assessment and treatment of most skin lesions including skin cancers, naevi, lumps, excessive sweating and treatment with Botox, and toenail problems.


Comprehensive vein care: tailored operations for varicose & thread veins with options which include surgery, dermal K cream and injection sclerotherapy.

Male family planning: vasectomy and reversal of vasectomy Thyroid surgery: consultation, assessment and treatment of thyroid swellings and symptoms Urology: any scrotal /testicular swelling, circumcision, investigation of blood in the urine; prostate cancer screening

Hyperhiderosis (excessive sweating): relatively common in armpits and palms, treated with Botox injections or minimally invasive surgery

Neck surgery: any neck swelling including salivary glands, lymph gland biopsy and cysts

Oral pathology: limited to excision biopsy of lesions on lips, tongue and oral cavity; frenulum release

Paediatric surgery: any common straight forward problems occurring in children such as hernias, appendicitis, skin lesions, circumcision, or scrotal swellings, except newborn circumcision or infants less than 1 year

Dr. Greig’s principal interests within the scope of general surgery cover the areas list above. He also offers care for many other aspects general surgery including the abdomen, thyroid, common childhood surgical illnesses; excessive sweating, urology, male family planning, and executive health assessments.

Click here for a comprehensive list of services provided.

  • Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy (diagnostic, therapeutic and screening)

  • Endocrine Surgery (Breast and Thyroid)

  • Hernia (keyhole / laparoscopic and open) surgery

  • Hongkong Hernia Centre

  • Laparoscopic / Keyhole / Minimally Invasive surgery

  • Paediatric / Childhood surgery

  • Surgical Dermatology (skin)

  • Urology and Male Family Planning (vasectomy & reversal)

  • Varicose Veins surgery

  1. General Medical Council Registered, UK

  2. Hong Kong Medical Council Registered

  3. Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau Registered

  4. Member of the Medical Protection Society

  5. Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  6. Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

  7. Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong

  8. Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

  9. International Surgical Advisor to the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

  10. Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

  11. Member of the British Medical Association

  12. Member of the British Medical Association Hong Kong Branch

  13. Council Member of the British Medical Association Hong Kong Branch

  14. Member of the Hong Kong Medical Association

  15. Fellow of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

  16. Panel reviewer for British Journal of Surgery

  17. Panel reviewer for Surgical Practice

  18. Member of the Hong Kong Club

  19. Member of the Hong Kong Cricket Club

  20. Member of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Society

  21. Member of the Knights of Alba Society 

  22. Committee Member of the St. Andrew’s Society, Hong Kong

  23. Member of the British Chamber of Commerce

  24. Member of the Royal Geographic society

Shanghai Consultations

Dr. Greig has been travelling to Shanghai every one to two weeks to consult and manage patients for the past 18 years although for the Covid years, the Shanghai Clinic temporarily ceased.


Dates for future Shanghai clinics can be found with this link.

Dr. Greig works out of Global Health Care (GHC) clinic in the heart of central Shanghai in Puxi district.  Its central location means ease of access to patients by means of the Shanghai Metro.

The principal purpose of running these clinics is to provide access to experienced Western trained specialists who can triage patients to determine which patients can be managed locally or those that require further treatment or investigation in Hong Kong.

As China’s substantive transport infrastructure links progress with ever increasing efficiency and connectivity, running clinics in Shanghai also provides access to specialist consultations for patients from the major surrounding cities such as Nanjing, Suzhou, Ningbo and Hangzhou.

Dr. Greig's Qualifications

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (with Honours): 9 July 1982, Aberdeen

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: 11 July 1986, Edinburgh

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow: 1 December 1986, Glasgow

Doctor of Medicine Thesis: 8 July 1994, Aberdeen

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Intercollegiate Examination in the Specialty of General Surgery: 9 July 1995

Certificate of Accreditation of Higher Surgical Training 1 September 1995

Accredited Minimally Invasive Surgery Trainer Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh October 1995, Edinburgh

Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong: 8 January 1996, HK

Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine FHKAM (Surgery) 16 January 1997, HK

College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, Board Certified in General Surgery: 20 June 2011, HK

Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine: 15 May 2017, UK

Professional Training & Previous Positions

1982-1983     Medical and Surgical Junior House Officer, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

1983-1985     Senior House Officer, Aberdeen Teaching Hospitals, in Urology, Orthopaedics, Accident & Emergency, and General Surgery

1985-1988     Surgical Registrar, Glasgow Teaching Hospitals, in General Surgery, Paediatrics, Cardiothoracic, Burns and Plastic Surgery

1988-1989     Cruden Research Fellow, (Portal Hypertension), University of Edinburgh

1989-1990     SHERT Research Fellow, (Portal Hypertension), University of Edinburgh

1990-1991      Visiting Lecturer, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong in Upper Gastrointestinal and             Hepatobiliopancreatic Surgery

1991-1993       Lecturer (Honorary Surgical Registrar), University Department of Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in General, Hepatobiliopancreatic Surgery and Breast Surgery

1993-1995       Senior Surgical Registrar, Edinburgh Teaching Hospitals in General Surgery

1995-1998       Consultant General Surgeon, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

1998-2000      Surgical Specialist, Drs Anderson & Partners, Hong Kong


2000-2002     Surgical Specialist, Options Medical Practice, Hong Kong

2002-               Surgical Specialist, Hong Kong Surgical Specialists, Hong Kong

Present Posts

  1. Specialist in General Surgery, Hong Kong Surgical Specialists

  2. Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hong Kong Surgical Specialists

  3. Director of the Hong Kong Hernia Centre

  4. Regional Physician Advisor, Geo Blue Global Insurance

  5. Visiting Specialist in General Surgery, Global Health Clinic, Nanjing Road West, Shanghai (although not for the past 40 months due to the COVID pandemic)

  6. International Surgical Advisor, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

  7. Medical Advisor to the English Schools Foundation (ESF), Hong Kong


Books: 1

Book Chapters: 6

Reports: 3

Papers: 51

Published Abstracts: 23

Letters: 19

Commentaries: 82

Presentations and Lectures

International: 25

National: 23

Local: 57

Selected Publications and Presentations

Books and Book Chapters

Greig JD. General Principles of Endoscopic Surgery. In Advanced Surgical Practice. Eds. Majid AA and Kingsnorth A. Greenwich Medical Media, London, 2003, pp321-332 Greig JD, Quick CR. Setting the standards of surgical practice. In Principles of Surgical Management. Eds. Thomas P and Quick C. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000, pp 27-33 Greig JD, Quick CR. Maintaining and inproving the standards of surgical practice. In Principles of Surgical Management Eds. Thomas P and Quick C. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2000, pp 35-51 Greig JD, Garden OJ. Colour Atlas of Surgical Diagnosis. Mosby-Wolfe, London, 1995


Greig JD. 2021-08-17 Will COVID-19 variants keep getting worse? Greig JD. 2021-04-03 Four scenarios for the origins of the coronavirus Greig JD. 2021-02-05 The coronavirus is mutating—but what determines how quickly? Greig JD. 2020-12-03 Solving COVID Greig JD. 2020-02-19 Is it safe to perform a surgery during coronavirus outbreak?


Greig JD. Skills courses in developing countries. Surgeons News 2004; 3: 46-48 The MRC Laparoscopic Groin Hernia Trial Group. Laparoscopic versus open repair of groin hernia: a randomised comparison. Lancet 1999; 354: 185-190. Miles WFA, Greig JD, Wilson G, Nixon SJ. Technique of laparoscopic splenectomy using a linear vascular stapler. Br J Surg 1996; 83:1212-1214. Greig JD, Duigan J, Sunderland GS. Basic surgical skills courses. Br Med J 1996; Kumar S, Macintyre IMC, Greig JD, Nixon SJ, Wilson RG. Morbidity of hernia repair. Lichtenstein versus laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernia. Lothian Surgical Audit Annual Report 1995: 57. Greig JD. The Westernisation of Chinese medicine and medical education. Hangzhou leads by example. Scott Med J 1994; 39: 123-125 Greig JD, John TG, Mahadaven M, Garden OJ. Laparoscopic ultrasound and cholangiography in the evaluation of the biliary tree during laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Br J Surg 1994; 81: 1202-1206 Anderson JH, Greig JD, Ireland AJ, Anderson JR. A prospective randomised study of nail bed ablation for recurrent ingrowing toenails. J Roy Coll Surg Edin 1990; 35: 240-242. Greig JD, Miller DF. Synchronous and early metachronous carcinomas of the colon and rectum. Acta Chir Scand 1989; 155: 287-289. Greig JD. Results of surgery for ingrowing toenails. J Bone Joint Surg 1989; 71-B: 859. Greig JD, Krukowski ZH, Matheson NA. Surgical morbidity and mortality in one hundred and twenty nine patients with obstructive jaundice. Br J Surg 1988; 75: 216-219.

Presentations, Lectures & Webinars:

Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Surgical Forum. “Reducing the morbidity associated with laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias”. HK University Department of Surgery, 14.1.23 Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Congress. “Basic Surgical Skills Course Development”. Adelaide, 11.5.02. Hong Kong Surgical Forum. “Skills Training for Surgeons”. HK University Department of Surgery, 16.1.99 European Association for Endoscopic Surgery. "Indication for splenectomy in AIDS". Plenary session: Adrenal Gland and Spleen. Luxembourg, 17.6.95. Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy. "Laparoscopic approach to patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome". Berlin, Germany, 4.10.94. Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy. "Technique of laparoscopic small bowel biopsy". Berlin, Germany, 3.10.94.

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