Dr BEH Swan Lip, Philip

Dr BEH Swan Lip, Philip

Principal Clinical Practitioners 

  • MBBS (HK), DMJ (Clin et Path) (Lond ), CTLHE (HKU ), FHKCPath, FHKAM (Pathology)
Giving a voice to the dead and the injured – forensic medicine
Research Description

Current research has focused on the development and maintenance of a Hong Kong Homicide Monitoring Database. The data collected in this ongoing project is proving to be important for research into the many different types of homicides. A successful example of its utilization has been the study report on Homicide-Suicide in Hong Kong, a comprehensive description and analysis of the many aspects of the tragic circumstances that lead to homicide-suicides in Hong Kong. Other examples include a study that associates injuries on victims of homicides with the victim-offender relationship and post-killing behavior of offenders correlated their relationship with the victim and other offender attributes. Studies into many other areas are on-going. The other area of expertise and study has been the issues surrounding sexual assaults in Hong Kong. Studies on prevalence, and victim and offender characteristics have been published, as well as a recent study on attrition rates. Continuous advocacy for the improvement of services to these victims and studies to fill gaps in current knowledge are being pursued.

An emerging area of interest is that of exploring the reasons for a decline in autopsies; even in medicolegal cases. Attempts are made to explore the attitudes of the key players: Coroners, pathologists, police officers, next-of-kin as well as those of the general public and assessing their impact on the likelihood of an autopsy.

Cooperation with colleagues in the HK Jockey Club Centre for Research and Prevention of Suicides have led to some publications looking at the impact of suicide on survivors and the identification of needs for bereavement services for survivors of suicides as well as for those of other forms of sudden deaths. Forensic pathology and clinical forensic medicine is a rich field for applied research and continuous efforts are made to collaborate with and support colleagues with a common interest.


Media Interview

RTHK documentary "The Making of Healers" (大醫之道) - Episode on "Master Teachers" [From 08:36] here


Awards and Honors
  • Member of International Editorial Board Medicine Science & Law 2009-2010
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee. International Academy of Legal Medicine 2009-2011
  • President Hong Kong Forensic Science Society 2009-1010
  • President – World Police Medical Officers 2005-2008
  • President-elect Hong Kong Forensic Science Society 2006-2008
  • Chief Examiner (Forensic Pathology) – Hong Kong College of Pathologists 2006-2010
  • Vice-President – International Association of Forensic Sciences 2002-2005
  • Faculty Teaching Medal – Faculty of Medicine, HKU 2003
  • SEDA Accredited Teacher in Higher Education
  • Co-Investigator in RGC Grant on Homicide in Three Chinese Cities
  • Co-Investigator in Lotteries Fund Study Grant on Homicide-Suicide in Hong Kong
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine (Elsevier) (2005)

Selected Publications

Researcher Profile on HKU Scholars Hub

Book Chapters & Monograph

  • Philip S.L. Beh & Margaret Stark - Medical Issues Relevant to Restraint in Clinical Forensic Medicine – A Physician’s Guide – Ed Margaret M. Stark (4th Edition) Springer 2020
  • Philip Beh – Sexual Offences in Essential Forensic Medicine – Ed. Peter Vanezis Wiley 2020
  • Philip Beh & Peter Vanezis – Pediatric Forensic Medicine in Essential Forensic Medicine – Ed. Peter Vanezis Wiley 2020
  • Taylor W., Beh S.L. and Fisher B.A., International Systems Response To Sexual Violence, In: Angelo P. Giardino et al, Sexual Assault Victimization Across The Life Span. 2nd Edition. STM Learning Inc, 2017, 1, 247-57. (Publication No. : 291665; Weighting : 0.3333)
  • Beh S.L., The Development Of Forensic Medicine In Hong Kong, In: Burkhard Madea, History Of Forensic Medicine. Berlin, Germany, Lehmanns Media, 2017. (Publication No. : 275587; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Hamilton S. and Beh S.L., Forensic Science In Hong Kong, In: Douglas H. Ubelaker, The Global Practice Of Forensic Science. Wiley Blackwell, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118724248.ch13 (Publication No. : 243221; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Beh S.L., Legal Aspects Of Traumatology And Violent Death, In: Burkhard Madea, Handbook Of Forensic Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. (Publication No. : 230518; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Sexual Homicide, In: Burkhard Madea, Handbook Of Forensic Medicine. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014. (Publication No. : 230522; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Medical Issues Relevant To Restraint, In: Margaret M. Stark, Clinical Forensic Medicine - A Physician's Guide. New York, Dordrecht, Heideberg, London, Humana Press, 2011, 215-232. (Publication No. : 197701; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L. and Payne-James J, Adult Sexual Assault, In: John Gall , Current Practice In Forensic Medicine. UK, John Wiley, 2011, 95-118. (Publication No. : 185409; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Beh S.L., Drowning, In: Chen Xinshan, Forensic Medicine. uazhong University of Science & Technology Press, 2011. (Publication No. : 206191; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Asphyxia, In: Chen Xinshan, Forensic Medicine. China, Huazhong University of Science and Technolgy Press, 2011. (Publication No. : 206188; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Child Homicide & Child Abuse, In: Chen Xinshan, Forensic Medicine. Huazhong University of Science & Technology Press, 2011. (Publication No. : 206193; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L. and Payne-James J., Clinical And Legal Requirements For Age Determination In The Living, In: Sue Black, Anil Aggrawal and Jason Payne-James, Age Estimation In The Living. The Practitioner's Guide. UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, 30-42. (Publication No. : 185408; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Beh S.L., Causes Of Death - Contemporary, In: Clifton D. Bryant & Dennis L. Peck, Encyclopedia Of Death & The Human Experience. California, London, India, Singapore, SAGE, 2009, One, 159-163. (Publication No. : 163163; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Infanticide, In: Clifton D. Bryant & Dennis L. Peck, Encyclopedia Of Death & The Human Experience. California, London, India, Singapores, SAGE, 2009, Two, 596-599. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412972031.n194 (Publication No. : 163164; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., In: 梁佩雲,張淑賢, Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, 2007, 79-82. (Publication No. : 134010; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Assessing Interpersonal Effectiveness In Group Tutorials, In: David Carless, Gordon Joughin, Ngar-Fun Liu and Associates, How Assessment Supports Learning. Learning -oriented Assessment in Action. Hong Kong, Hong Kong University Press, 2006, 82-84. (Publication No. : 125923; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Chan L.C. and Beh S.L., Monograph 2: Problem-based Learning (PBL): Everything you want to know and are not afraid to ask, Things you wish to know about PBL and are not afraid to ask. Institute of Medical and Health Scienced Education, HKU, 2006, 25-31. (Publication No. : 124243; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L. and Luo B., Death Investigation Systems: China, In: Jason Payne-James, Roger W. Byard, Tracey S. Corey, Carol Henderson, Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Oxford, Elsevier Academic Press, 2005, 2, 120-122. (Publication No. : 101954; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Beh S.L., Deaths: Trauma, Musculoskeletal System , In: Jason Payne-James, Roger W Byard, Tracey S Corey 7 Carol Henderson, Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine . Oxford, UK, Elsevier Academic Press, 2005, 2, 103-106. (Publication No. : 101950; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Sexual Offenses, Adult: Global Crime Figures and Statistics, In: Jason Payne-James, Roger W. Byard, Tracey S. Corey, Carol Henderson, Encyclopedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Oxford, Elsevier Academic Press, 2005, 4, 111-116. (Publication No. : 101958; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Broadhurst R.G., Chan A.C.Y. and Lee K.W., Homicide Followed by Suicide in Hong Kong, In: R.G. Broadhurst, Homicide Followed by Suicide in Hong Kong. Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong Centre for Criminology, 2005, 1-114. (Publication No. : 101961; Weighting : 0.2500)
  • Beh S.L., 高等教肓出版社, 2004, 21 Chapters. (Publication No. : 86092; Weighting : 1.0000)

Journal publications

  • Beh S.L. Editorial – Medical Manslaughter, Hong Kong Medical Journal 24, 333-4 (2018) http://dx.doi.org/10.12809/hkmj185082 (Publication No. : 288512; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Wu Y.H., Beh S.L. – The porcelain autopsy table and early postmortem examinations in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Medical Journal 24(4) 434-5 (2018)
  • Yip S.F., Cheng Q., Chang S.S., Lee E.S.T., Lai C.S., Chen F., Law W.Y., Cheng T.M., Chiu S.M., Tse M.L., Cheung K.R., Morgan P.R., and Beh S.L. A Public Health Approach in Responding to the Spread of Helium Suicide in Hong Kong – Crisis 1-9 (2017)
  • Beh S.L. and Byard R.W. Diptheria and Lethal Upper Airway Obstruction Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology  11, 133-5 (2015) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12024-014-9623-y (Publication No. : 245254; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Beh S.L. and Byard R.W. Cardiac Tumors and Sudden Death Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology 10 (2) 269-71 (2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12024-013-9526-3 (Publication No. : 245252; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Chan S.Y.T., Hwang Y.Y.G., Singh G.H.H., Cheung C.W.S., Ting A.C.W., Beh S.L., Kwong Y.L. and Tse E.W.C., Increasing incidence of venous thromboembolism due to cancer-associated thrombosis in Hong Kong Chinese, Thrombosis Research. 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.thromres.2014.08.008 (Publication No. : 238922; Weighting : 0.1250)
  • Frambach J.M., Driessen E.W., Beh S.L. and van der Vleuten C.P.M., Quiet Or Questioning? Students' Discussion Behaviors In Student-centered Education Across Culture, In: Lynn Meek V., Studies In Higher Education. UK, Taylor & Francis, 2013, 2013, 1-21. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2012.754865 (Publication No. : 220379; Weighting : 0.2500)
  • YOUSUF S., Beh S.L. and Wong P.W.C., Attitudes towards suicide following an undergraduate suicide prevention module: experience of medical students in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2013, 19, 377-385. http://dx.doi.org/10.12809/hkmj133950 (Publication No. : 229757; Weighting : 0.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Chan W.S.C., Wong P.W.C. and Yau F.W.S., Research participation experiences of informants of suicide and control cases: taken from a case-control psychological autopsy study of people who died by suicide., In: Wong P.W.C., Chan W.S.C., Beh SL., Yau F.W.S., Yip P.S.F. and K. Hawton., Crisis. 2011, 31(5), 238-46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910/a000025 (Publication No. : 197405; Weighting : 0.0000)
  • Chan L.C., Beh S.L. and Yip Y.N., Young Chinese medical students adapt well to problem-based learning, Medical Teacher. 2011, 33, 506. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2011.586615 (Publication No. : 196953; Weighting : 0.6667)
  • Luk J.K.H., Liu A.N.C., Ng W.C., Beh S.L. and Chan F.H.W., End-of-life Care In Hong Kong, Asian Journal Of Gerontology & Geriatrics . 2011, 6 No. 2, 103-6. (Publication No. : 198664; Weighting : 0.2000)
  • Fan J.K.M., Tong D.K.H., Poon J.T.C., Lo O.S.H., Beh S.L., Patil N.G. and Law W.L., Multimodality minimally invasive autopsy -- a feasible and accurate approach to post-mortem examination, Forensic Science International. 2010, 195(1-3), 93-98. (Publication No. : 170869; Weighting : 0.1429)
  • Luk J.K.H., Liu A.N.C., Ng W.C., Lui B., Beh S.L. and Chan F.H.W., End of Life care: towards a more dignified dying process in residential care homes for the elderly, Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2010, 16, 235-236. (Publication No. : 173906; Weighting : 0.1667)
  • Irwin J.A., Saunier J.L., Beh S.L., Strouss K.M., Paintner C.D. and Parsons T.J., Mitochondrial Dna Contorl Region Variation In A Population Sample From Hong Kong China, Forensic Science International: Genetics. 2009, 3, e119-e125. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fsigen.2008.10.008 (Publication No. : 173897; Weighting : 0.1667)
  • Yip P.S.F., Wong P.W.C., Cheung Y.T., Chan K.S. and Beh S.L., An empirical study of characteristics and types of homicide-suicides in Hong Kong, 1989-2005, Journal of Affective Disorders. 2009, 112(1-3), 184-192. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2008.05.005 (Publication No. : 163015; Weighting : 0.2000)
  • Nicholls J.M., Peiris J.S.M., Chan K.H., Poon L.L.M. and Beh S.L., Occult respiratory viral infections in coronial autopsies: a pilot project, Hong Kong Medical Journal. 2009, 15(3 Suppl 4), 13-5. (Publication No. : 172051; Weighting : 0.4000)
  • Wong P.W.C., Chan W.S.C. and Beh S.L., What can we do to help and understand survivors of suicide in Hong Kong? , Crisis. 2007, 28, 241-256. http://dx.doi.org/10.1027/0227-5910.28.4.183 (Publication No. : 142758; Weighting : 0.0000)
  • Chen E.Y.H., Chan W.S.C., Wong P.W.C., Chan S.S.M., Chan C.L.W., Law Y.W., Beh S.L., Chan K.K., Cheng J.W.Y., Liu K.Y. and Yip P.S.F., Suicide in Hong Kong: a case control psychological autopsy study, Psychological Medicine. UK, Cambridge University Press, 2006, 36, 815-825. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0033291706007240 (Publication No. : 129548; Weighting : 0.0909)
  • Gibson I., Cheung L.K., Chow S.P., Cheung W.L., Beh S.L., Savalani M.M. and Lee S.H., The Use Of Rapid Prototyping To Assist Medical Applications, Rapid Prototyping Journal. UK, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2006, 12, 53-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13552540610637273 (Publication No. : 115287; Weighting : 0.1429)
  • Lee K.W., Broadhurst R.G. and Beh S.L., Triad-related Homicides in Hong Kong, Forensic Science International. Ireland, Elsevier, 2006, 162, 183-190. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2006.06.031 (Publication No. : 129547; Weighting : 0.3333)
  • Nicholls J.M., Butany J., Poon L.L.M., Chan K.H., Beh S.L., Poutanen S., Peiris J.S.M. and Wong M.P., Time course and cellular localization of SARS-CoV nucleoprotein and RNA in lungs from fatal cases of SARS, Public Library of Science Medicine . 2006, 3(2), e27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0030027 (Publication No. : 114963; Weighting : 0.3750)
  • Wong J.G.W.S., Patil N.G., Beh S.L., Cheung E.P.T., Wong V., Chan L.C. and Mak-Lieh F., Cultivating psychological well-being in Hong Kong's future doctors, Medical Teacher. 2005, 27(8), 715-9. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01421590500237945 (Publication No. : 120772; Weighting : 0.2857)
  • Au K.I. and Beh S.L., Injury patterns of sharp instrument homicides in Hong Kong, Forensic Sci Int. 2011, 204(1-3), 201-4. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.forsciint.2010.06.005 (Publication No. : 203315; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Death of the teaching autopsy: In Hong Kong teaching autopsies have been championed in public mortuaries, British Medical Journal. 2004, 328, 166. http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7432.166 (Publication No. : 86143; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Wong T.W., Beh S.L., Lau C.C. and Tung W.K., A survey on the involvement of accident and emergency doctors in medicolegal work in Hong Kong, Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine. 2004, 11(2), 75-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcfm.2003.10.006 (Publication No. : 86093; Weighting : 0.2500)
  • Chan C.Y., Beh S.L. and Broadhurst R.G., Homicide-suicide in Hong Kong, 1989-1998, Forensic Science International. 2003, 137(2-3), 165-171. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0379-0738(03)00350-5 (Publication No. : 86074; Weighting : 0.3333)
  • Beh S.L., Victim of rape - who cares?, Hong Kong Journal of Gynaecology, Obstetrics and Midwifery. 2002, 2, 40-44. (Publication No. : 66002; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., The autopsy, Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine. 2000, 7, 216-217. (Publication No. : 63451; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Dickens P., Kam E.P.Y. and Ong L., The likely implications of the 1997 Coroners Ordinance on the autopsy service of a teaching hospital, Hong Kong Medical Journal. Hong Kong, Scientific Comminications International, 1998, 4(2), 191-194. (Publication No. : 33883; Weighting : 0.5000)
  • Beh S.L. and Dickens P., Fatal gastrointestinal haemorrhage due to coexisting primary aorto-enteric and aorto-colic fistulae. Complicating untreated atheromatous abdominal aortic aneurysm, Forensic Science International. Ireland, Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd., 1998, 96 (Issue 2-3), 101-106. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0379-0738(98)00121-2 (Publication No. : 41576; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Beh S.L., Rape in Hong Kong: an overview of current knowledge, Journal of Clinical Forensic Medicine. Edinburgh, UK, Association of Police Surgeons/Harcourt Brace & Co. Ltd., 1998, 5, 124-128. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1353-1131(98)90030-X (Publication No. : 41638; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Luo B., Dickens P. and Beh S.L., Restropective report on the characteristics of Coroner's cases in Hong Kong (1993 - 1995), Chinese Journal of Forensic Medicine. 1997, 13 (1), 49 - 50. (Publication No. : 26229; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Luo B., Beh S.L. and Dickens P., The medicolegal system in Hong Kong, Chinese Journal of Forensic Medicine. 1997, 12 (1), 63 - 64. (Publication No. : 26233; Weighting : 1.0000)
  • Luo B., Song Y., Dickens P., Beh S.L. and Zhu J., Histologic Study and New Sampling Method of Conducting System in Human Heart, Acta Anatomica Sinica. PRC, 1997, 28(4), 137-142. (Publication No. : 33885; Weighting : 0.4000)
  • Luo B., Dickens P., Beh S.L., Song Y. and Zhu J., Micro-image Computerized Analysis of Nodal Arteries in the Human Cardiac Conduction System, Romanian Journal of Legal Medicine. Romania, 1997, 5(3), 215-220. (Publication No. : 33919; Weighting : 0.4000)