Dr. Cheng received an Ontario Scholar Award into University and completed his BSc (Hon) in Biochemistry at the University of Ottawa in 1977 (Dean’s Honor List). He was awarded Medical Research Council Studentship entering graduate school and completed MSc (Biochemistry) at Western University in 1979. He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine (with an Honor Award from the Medical Society), University of Toronto in 1983 and completed his internal medicine internship and anesthesia residency in 1987. He joined as Faculty at the Toronto Western Hospital, University of Toronto after a Clinical Research Fellowship in 1988 and a Cardiovascular Anesthesia Fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City in 1989.
Prior to his appointment in 2001 at Western University, London, Dr. Cheng held the rank of Full Professor and Deputy Chief of Anesthesiology at the Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto and as Medical Director, Cardiovascular Surgery Program, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto.
Professor Davy Cheng is the Founding Dean of Medicine and Presidential Chair Professor, School of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, China beginning in July 1st, 2021. Prior, he was a Distinguished University Professor and Acting Dean in Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University at London, Ontario, Canada. He held the Chair in Evidence-based Perioperative Clinical Outcomes Research (EPiCOR) and is the co-founder and Medical Director of the MEDICI Centre (Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity & Clinical Impact), which was a World Health Organization (WHO) designated Collaborating Center in the study of global perioperative surgery and anesthesia care. Dr. Cheng was an Attending Consultant in the Critical Care Medicine Division, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, and the Department of Medicine, Western University. He was also cross appointed as Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University. Professor Cheng is now appointed as Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at the Western University; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada.