Leadership Succession at National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS)

May 14, 2014

Message from Professor Ivy Ng:

Dear Colleagues


Professor Koh Tian Hai, Medical Director of NHCS since 2003, will pass the leadership baton to Professor Terrance Chua with effect from 1 June 2014. Prof Chua will also take on the position as Academic Chair of ACP-Cardiovascular.

During Prof Koh's 11 years leading NHCS, it has grown from a specialty centre with just 650 staff, to one with more than double the staff strength, with expanded services including operating theatres and a short stay unit now offered at its 12-storey building. In addition, his foresight and significant contributions have elevated NHCS to be a global leader in cardiovascular care, research and training.

As a national specialist centre for cardiovascular disease, NHCS introduced many 'firsts' under Prof Koh's leadership, such as novel minimally invasive treatment modalities which put NHCS on the global map for pioneering complex cardiac therapies.

A strong supporter of education and training, Prof Koh worked to ensure that NHCS shared specialist knowledge via training programmes for local and international cardiovascular specialists. NHCS also established a reputation as a leading centre for medical fellowship training in the Asia Pacific region. Under his stewardship, SingLIVE, an international medical conference for cardiovascular intervention that NHCS hosts, grew more than 10-fold to attract delegates from around the globe, earning it a reputation as one of the premier cardiovascular interventional courses in Asia.

An advocate for continuing improvements to patient care, Prof Koh recognised the importance of research for medical discoveries and breakthroughs. With his consistent support, budding and established researchers have been able to pursue their research interests and research at NHCS has flourished in areas such as stem cell, medical technology and imaging. He ensured that the recently set-up National Heart Research Institute of Singapore will closely align research at NHCS with the Duke-NUS Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease Signature Research Program, making certain that NHCS continues to be well-placed at the forefront of cardiovascular research.

In recognition of his sterling contributions and valuable experience, Prof Koh will be appointed to the SingHealth Board of Advisors. He will be conferred the title of Senior Advisor, National Heart Centre Singapore, SingHealth with effect from 1 June 2014.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Prof Koh Tian Hai for his outstanding leadership and look forward to his continued contributions as he serves as Senior Advisor, inspiring, grooming and mentoring our next generation of healthcare leaders.

Prof Terrance Chua is well-equipped to succeed as Medical Director of NHCS and Academic Chair of ACP-Cardiovascular.

A clinical cardiologist with an interest in imaging, Prof Chua is known for his dedication to patient care and commitment to teaching and research. He has numerous publications and actively contributes to clinical research in imaging and heart disease.

Prof Chua devotes time to undergraduate and post-graduate medical teaching, with appointments as Adjunct Professor with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School and Clinical Associate Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at NUS. In 2013, he was recognised with the honour of the National Outstanding Clinician Award.

Prof Chua is well-respected for his outstanding clinical, academic and research achievements. He has the leadership ability and tenacity to lead NHCS as it begins a new chapter in its state-of-the-art premises.

In his new role as Medical Director of NHCS, Prof Chua will drive its strategic objectives and advance the Centre's academic medicine pursuit. As Academic Chair of ACP-Cardiovascular, he will provide direction to further the mission of the Program.

We congratulate Prof Terrance Chua on his new appointments and look forward to his contributions to propel NHCS to even greater heights and steer our Academic Medicine mission to success.


Warmest regards,

Professor Ivy Ng
Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth


















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