Clinician Scientist Development



The Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development (CCSD), under the Office of Research in Duke-NUS, is led by Prof Koh Woon Puay, to consolidate support and nurture clinician-scientists, spanning from graduating Duke-NUS students to aspiring clinician-researchers across the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre.


  • Individual Development Plan
  • Khoo Scholars Programme
  • ACE-in-Grants
  • Khoo Awards & Research Development Seminars
  • Research Skills Workshop
  • Women in Science (WinS) Network


Some successful clinician-researchers from Anaesthesia ACP who are participating in Khoo Scholars Program and/or Individual Development Plan Program and had won research grant awards include:

A/Prof Sng Ban Leong 

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Anaesthesia (AN-Women), Head & Senior Consultant, Director KK Research Centre 

Dr Bong Choon Looi

KK Women's and Children's Hospital

Senior Consultant, Paediatric Anaesthesia 

Dr Bong joined the Khoo Scholars Program in 2012 and IDP program in 2015. She is mentored by Prof Koh Woon Puay and receives statistical help from Dr John Allen. She has been awarded the SingHealth Foundation grant (SHF) and Khoo Mentored Research Award (KMRA) for her study on Impact of Exposure to General Anaesthesia during Infancy on Neurocognitive Development (EGAIN): a Prospective Cohort Study. This study was featured on a Straits Times article dated 06 Oct 2015 and highlighted in the Duke-NUS Governing Board Management Report. 

Her recent publication includes: Bong CL, Yeo ASH, Fabila T & Tan JSK. A pilot study of dexmedetomidine sedation and caudal anesthesia for inguinal hernia repair in infants. Pediatric Anesthesia Jun 2016; 26(6):621-7. And a book chapter: "Cognitive Load and Stress in Simulation’ Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Pediatrics. Springer 2016. Ed. Grant, Cheng.


Dr Hairil Rizal Abdullah

Singapore General Hospital 

Clinical Director, Perioperative Services 

Consultant, Anesthesiology

Dr Hairil joined both the IDP program and Khoo Scholars Program in 2016. He is currently mentored by Prof Ecosse Lamoureux from Clinical Health Services and Implementation Research Core (CHIC). He was awarded the SingHealth Foundation grant (SHF) in 2015. He has recently submitted his NMRC NIG application for a study titled “Preoperative anemia among the elderly undergoing major surgery: Impact on healthcare outcomes” and is currently planning to conduct a clinical trial on the use of intravenous iron for the treatment of preoperative anemia in 2017. 

For enquiries, please contact:

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School

Centre for Clinician-Scientist Development


Chen Meixuan 

Tel: +65 6576 7361



Fion Farn

Tel: +65 6576 7351


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