Prof. Jean Woo graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1974. After medical posts in the Charing Cross, Hammersmith, and Brompton Hospitals in the UK, she worked in part time posts in general practice as well as research at the University of Hong Kong.
Prof. Woo joined the Department of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1985 as Lecturer responsible for the development of the teaching and service in Geriatric Medicine, becoming Head of the Department in 1993 until 1999, Chief of Service of the Medicine and Geriatric Unit at Shatin Hospital from 1993 to 2012, and Chair Professor of Medicine in 1994. From 2000 to 2006 she was Head of the Department of Community and Family Medicine, from 2001 to 2005 Director of the newly established School of Public Health, and from August 2013 to July 2016 Chairman of the Department of medicine & Therapeutics. She established the Centre for Nutritional Studies in 1997 using a self financing model to carry out service, education and research.
Currently she is the Director of the Jockey Club Institute of Aging at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Director of the Centre for Nutritional Studies, School of Public Health and Primary Care, and Honorary Consultant of the Prince of Wales and Shatin Hospitals, Hospital Authority.
Prof. Woo's research interests include chronic diseases and geriatric syndromes, health services research, nutrition epidemiology and intervention, quality of life issues at the end of life, with over 800 articles in peer-reviewed indexed journals.