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A geriatric institute based in Singapore to conduct research and education on age-related health issues to promote healthy ageing 


A research institute to help Singapore better prepare for the challenges of an ageing population






Senior Management Team

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Deputy Group CEO (Population Health), National Healthcare Group
  • Senior Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Vice Dean, Clinical Affairs, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University

Prof Pang graduated in Medicine at the National University of Singapore in 1983 and trained in Geriatric Medicine with an additional interest in Palliative Medicine. He was formerly Head, Department of Geriatric Medicine in Alexandra Hospital and Chairman, Medical Board, Alexandra Hospital and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

He has served on several committees contributing to the development of geriatrics and palliative care services in Singapore. He received the Public Administration Silver Medal in 2012 and National Outstanding Clinician Educator Award in 2016.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine and Institute of Geriatrics and Active Ageing, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Clinical Associate Professor, YLL School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, LKC School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Visiting Consultant, NHG Health Services and Outcomes Research

A/Prof Ding conducts clinical and health services research in older adults. His substantive research interests include frailty, geriatric syndromes, and models of geriatric care, while methodological interests are quantitative methods for observational studies, program evaluation, and casual inference.

He completed public health and social research methods training at University of Queensland and London School of Economics. He also underwent research fellowships at Bedford Veterans Affairs Center for Health Quality, Outcomes & Economic Research and Boston University School of Public Health in Massachusetts, USA, and at Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences in Toronto, Canada.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant, Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee and Ethics Consultant, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Lead Clinician, Long-Term Care, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Programme Director, Gericare@North, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Chairman, Advance Care Planning Committee, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Member of the National ACP Steering Committee
  • Core Faculty, NHG-AHPL Geriatric Medicine Senior Residency Programme
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian- Imperial College School of Medicine, NTU
  • Co-Chairman, Singapore Hospice Council Ethics Committee
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

A/Prof Low completed his MBBS degree in 1990, moved on to obtain his MRCP (UK) in 1996, and a postgraduate diploma in palliative medicine in 1999. He then became a Fellow, Academy of Medicine in Singapore in 2001, the FRCP (Edinburgh) in 2003 and finally an accredited specialist in palliative care in 2009.

His research interests are in geriatric medicine, palliative care, ethics, telemedicine, nursing homes, spirituality and advance care planning.

Lai Ho is a Fellow Chartered Accountant of Singapore with over three decades of experience in finance and accounting. Prior to joining the public sector, she held regional finance roles in various industries including public accounting, telecommunication network, IT and aviation.

She has been instrumental in setting up the accounting infrastructure and supporting the financial backbone of the Institute since its inception in 2015. She works closely with our senior management team and key personnel involved in geriatric research studies, providing financial advice and administrative support in order to ensure the smooth execution of research projects.


Joint & Adjunct Faculty Members

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Associate Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

Dr Cheong obtained her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Suregery before moving on to be awarded her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (United Kingdom) and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeon (Glasgow).

Her research interests include Dementia, Geriatric Care Services and Medical Education. Dr Cheong has also reviewed several journals and also been awarded grants as Principal Investigator.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant Geriatrician and Medical Director, The Geriatric Practice
  • Visiting Consultant, St Luke's Hospital

Dr Chong was the program director of the TTSH-AMK NHGP dementia integration from 2012 to 2016 and was responsible for establishing a primary care clinic to boost the capability and quality of life of persons with dementia. During her time in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, she had a key role in the set up and operations of the sub-acute geriatric ward in 2009 as part of the continuum of geriatric care in acute and long-term care settings, as well as the Geriatric Monitoring Unit in 2010, a sustainable model of delirium care for acute hospitalised older adults. She helped draft the National Dementia Strategy (MOH) (Internal document) 2009 and has just completed her appointment for National Dementia Strategy 2017 -2027.

Dr Chong graduated from medical school at the National University of Singapore in 1995, going on to obtain her MRCP (UK) in 2000. She then pursued the FAMS in 2004, her graduate diploma in clinical epidemiolofy (Newcastle, Australia) in 2005 and FRCP (Edinburgh) in 2011. She was part of the National Healthcare Group Clinician Scientist Programme 2012 - 2015.

Her research interests lie in biomarkers in early cognitive impairment, frailty, sarcopenia, sleep disorders in the older adult and dementia, and successful ageing.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, Sengkang General Hospital

Dr Iris Rawtaer graduated from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 2009 and qualified as a specialist in Psychiatry in 2015. She went on to pursue a clinical and research fellowship in geriatric psychiatry with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She was awarded the MOH NMRC Healthcare Research Scholarship in 2015 and completed her Master of Clinical Investigation degree in 2017.

Dr Rawtaer has a keen research interest in Ageing and Mental Health, Major and Minor Neurocognitive Disorders, Dementia Prevention, Frailty, Successful Ageing and Health Services Research.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Research Lead, Institute of Geriatric & Active Ageing, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Faculty Advisor, Health Outcomes and Medical Education Research (HOMER), National Healthcare Group

A/Prof Lim has an exemplary track record of scholarly work of over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is also the Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, as well as Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers in Medicine and Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Furthermore, he is a reviewer for major national grants, international journals and conferences, and has research and teaching awards in the files of Geriatric Medicine and Health Professions Education.

A/Prof Lim has also received several competitive grants as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Associate Professorial Fellow and Research Director, Department of Psychological Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Director, Gerontological Research Programme, Principal Investigator, Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Studies, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Consultant, Alexandra Hospital; Khoo Teck Puat Hospital; St Luke's Hospital (Singapore)
  • Member, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); Global Council on Brain Health
  • Member, Editorial Boards: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders; Journal of Alzheimer's Disease; Postgraduate Medicine; Current Geriatric Reports, Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing
  • Member, Science for Ageing Policy Advisory Committee (SAPAC), Ministry of Health

A/Prof Ng is a medical graduate from the National University of Singapore, and held specialist qualifications and experience in public health and epidemiology, while holding academic positions at the Department of Community, Occupational and Family Medicine, NUS. He subsequently joined the Department of Psychological Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS, where he serves as research director. As principal investigator of the Singapore Longitudinal Ageing Studies (SLAS), he directs a multidisciplinary programme of research on ageing and health, focusing on themes of dementia, depression, frailty and successful ageing. His current research interests include the role of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome in dementia, multisystem biological and multidomain biopsychosocial characterisation of frailty and successful ageing, and population-based and clinical interventions for successful ageing.

He has also published over 350 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented over 200 papers at scientific conferences and meetings related to dementia, depression, frailty, physical disability and ageing. He has also provided expert consultancy services and had a role in the advisory panels and conducting training courses, lectures and talks on statistic and gerontology at local and international meetings.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Visiting Consultant, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Accredited Lasting Power of Attorney Certificate Issuer, Office of Public Guardian

Dr Tew is a consultant in Geriatric Medicine. She obtrained her MBBS degree at the National University of Singapore in 2004. She completed her specialist training in Geriatric Medicine in 2012 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2015 and the Geriatrics Society in 2011.

Her areas of interest include community geriatrics, long term care, dementia and health professional education. Her current projects include evaluation of a hospital-based community nursing curriculum and development of a curriculum for long term care facility nursing.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Deputy Director, Principal Research Analyst, Health Services & Outcomes Research (HSOR), National Healthcare Group

Woan Shin obtained her Ph.D. in Health services Research from the Nanyang Technological University. Her research focus is on the application of mixed methods in the design and evaluation of health services innovations with a special interest in the provision and financing of integrated care for geriatric and end-of-life populations.

Woan Shin was awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) fellowship in 2008 and the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) research training fellowship in 2015. She has also participated in several international and local conferences with key awards such as the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Contributed Research Award for Best New Investigator Podium Presentation (2007), and the Singapore Health & Biomedical Congress Young Investigator Gold Award for Health Services Research (2014).

Her work has been published in academic journals such as PLOS Medicine, BMC Medicine, Palliative Medicine and the Journal of American Geriatrics Society. She has been awarded grants and commissioned projects totalling $5.7 million either as lead or co-investigator. Woan Shin also teaches at NUS and NTU as an invited lecturer within the field of Health Services Research.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Advisory Panel Member, Masters of Gerontology Programme, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School
  • Member, Research & Innovation Committee, Agency for Integrated Care, Singapore
  • Member, Local Review Panel, National Medical Research Council, Singapore

Dr Wong completed his clinical fellowships in Family Medicine in MMed (Family Medicine) in 1998 and Internal Medicine with an MRCP (UK) in 2000. He received his Specialist Accreditation in Geriatric Medicine from The Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2004. He was also a National Medical Research Council Research Fellow at McGill University, Montreal in 2005 and Fulbright Research Scholar in 2009 at the University of California, San Francisco. After obtaining his Masters in Public Health in Health System and Policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012, he consulted at the Department of Ageing and Life course at the World Health Organization. His interests include frailty, community care, programme evaluation, health services research, and evidence-based policy in meeting the healthcare needs of ageing populations.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Joint Associate Professor, Division of Health & Social Sciences, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • Advisory Board Member and Clinical Track Faculty, Master of Science in Applied Gerontology, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Program of Health Sciences and Systems Research, Duke-National University of SIngapore (NUS) Graduate Medical School
  • Deputy Chairman and Scientific Member, Domain Specific Review Board (Population Health, Domain F2), National Healthcare Group (NHG)

A/Prof Wee has a Ph.D. in Physiology and Nutrition from Loughborough University (UK) in 1999. Prior to joining GERI in 2014, he was Head of Research, Health Information Management and Evaluation at the then newly set-up Agency for Integrated Care (AIC, 2009-2013) and the Deputy Director of the Sports Division at the Ministry of Community, Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS, 2008-2009).

A/Prof Wee is passionate and has been active in work to translate research evidence into policy and practice to help people remain productive and maintain their health and function. As a faculty member of Health and Social Sciences at SIT and Masters of Science in Applied Gerontology at NTU, he is also involved in developing workforce-ready health and social care professionals through education that integrates learning, industry and community.

A/Prof Wee's areas of interest include aged and integrated care, frailty and health, exercise and nutrition science, as well as health services research, which includes implementation research, program evaluation and outcomes research.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Director, The Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education (PalC)
  • Director, Programme Dignity, Tan Tock Seng Hospital & Dover Park Hospice
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Palliative Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
  • Visiting Consultant, Dover Park Hospice

Dr Hum graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 1997 and has specialist accreditation in both Geriatric and Palliative Medicine.

Dr Hum is currently a Senior Consultant with the Department of Palliative Medicine in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Her research interests are in Palliative Care in Advanced Dementia, Prognostication at the End of life, Cancer Pain and Integration of Care.

She has 7 representative publications regarding palliative care and has also received awards for her abstracts and posters during the 2017 Asia Pacific Hospice Conference. Furthermore, as Principial Investigator of various research projects, she has also been awarded several grants totaling to over $2 million.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Associate Professor, Signature Program in Health Services & Systems Research; Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore
  • Executive Director, Centre for Ageing Research & Education, Duke-NUS Medical School
  • Director, Tsao Foundation Ageing Research Institue
  • Member, CIRB, SingHealth
  • Board Member, Temasek Polytechnic School for Humanities and the Social Sciences

A/Prof Chan graduated with a B.A. degree in sociology from Reed College in 1989 and obtained her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1995. She has a research interest in ageing, demography, healthy life expectancy, long term care utilization and social support.

Throughout her career, A/Prof Chan has focused on ageing issues from a sociological perspective. A/Prof Chan has made numerous publications in leading international journals such as the Journal of Ageing and Health as well as the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, examining geriatric community health and geriatric-related healthcare issues and perceptions. She is also the co-author of 'Ageing in Singapore: Service needs & the State' (Routledge 2006) and the co-editor of 'Ultra-low Fertility in Pacific Asia: Trends, Causes and Policy Issues' (Routledge 2009). She is the founding Director of the Centre for Ageing Research and Education at Duke-NUS, a Centre focused on the intersection of the social and medical aspects of growing older in Singapore.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Chairman, Chapter of Geriatricians, College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Changi General Hospital
  • Director, Community Geriatrics, Department of Geriatric Medicine, Changi General Hospital
  • Director, Board of Directors, NTUC Health Co-operative Limited
  • Governor, Lien Foundation
  • Member, Management Committee, St Andrew's Community Hospital; Scientific Advisory Committee, Center for Aging Research & Education (CARE), Duke-NUS; Advisory Board, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE), Naanyang Technological University; National Dementia Network (MOH)
  • Journal Reviewer, Singapore Medical Journal, Annals of Academy of Medicine

Dr Lien attained his medical degree in 1988 and MRCP in 1995. He completed his training in General Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine (CCT UK) in 2001 and then obtained his Masters in Public Administration at Harvard Kennedy School in 2013.

He was the Vice President of the Society of Geriatric Medicine Singapore from 2007 to 2011 and has supported various medical communities such as the Medical Advisory Committee in the Agency for Integrated Care (2010 - 2012), National Strategy for Palliative Care, the Medication Reconciliation Workgroup and the HMDP Committee for Intermediate and long-term care (AIC/MOH).

Dr Lien's research interests lie in frailty and nutrition, heart failure and Parkinson's disease in the elderly.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Professor and Director, Program in Health Services Research, Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore
  • Professor (Tenure), Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA

Dr David B. Matchar, MD, is the Inaugural Director of the Program in Health Services and Systems Research (HSSR), one of five Signature Research Programs within the Duke-NUS Medical School. Dr Matchar is also a Professor of Medicine at Duke Univerity in the United States. He received his AB in Statistics from Princeton University. After completing his MD degree and residency training he served as fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine at Duke University.

For over 35 years, Dr Matchar has worked in clinical research, primarily related to stroke and other chronically siabling neurological disorders, as well as clinical and public policy analysis. He served as Director of the Duke Center for Clinical Health Policy Research and established the Duke Evidence-based Practice Center, which was responsible for analysis in support of coverage policy for the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as guidelines for medical professional societies.

In 2008, Dr Matchar moved to Singapore to set up HSSR, a research department which focuses on the challenges on an ageing population, health economics, and simulation modeling to promote informed clinical and public health policy. In August 2009, Professor Matchar was awarded the prestigious STaR Investigator Award by the Singapore Ministry of Health's National Medical Research Council (NMRC) to establish a system modeling laboratory to evaluate clinical and public policy issues related to ageing and disability in Singapore

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Assistant Director, Gericare@north Project
  • Member, Advance Care Planning Committee

Dr Tan graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the National University of Singapore in 2012, having received the Toh Kian Chui Scholarship and Bursary while he was studying. He is currently practicing as a Consultant with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH).

He also serves on committees for GERIcare@north Project and the Advance Care Planning Committee within KTPH. Dr Tan has been involved in publications including Book Chapters, Posters and Peer Review Papers.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant Physician, Geriatric Medicine, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Chair, Patient Falls Prevention Group
  • Clinical Lead and Chair, Hip Fracture Service
  • Clinical Lead and Chair, 6th Vital Sign Work Group (Dementia and Delirium Work Group)
  • Clinical Lead, Geriatric Surgical Service (GRM)
  • Associate Program Director, Geriatric Resident Programme

Dr Jagadish graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Mysore in 1978 and went on to obtain his MRCP in 1983 and FRCP in 2004. He is currently practicing as a Senior Consultant in Geriatric Medicine in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.

His research interests include Geriatric Medicine, Falls, Frailty and Community Care. Dr Jagadish was instrumental in the implementation of the 1000 Lives Plus Falls Prevention Strategy for Wales.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Senior Consultant Geriatrician & Palliative Care Physician, Director Geriatric Centre, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  • Adjunct Clinician Scientist, AStar NanoBio Lab
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

A/Prof Yap has a keen interest in Infocommunications Technology in Healthcare, Palliative and End of Life Care, Long Term Care and Dementia, including quality of life, psychosocial and carer issues as well as validation of instruments.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery in 1995 and went on to complete his MRCPUK in 1999. He was published widely in international peer reviews and sits on the advisory panels and committees of organisations in eldercare and is a board member of Assisi Hospice.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Consultant, Palliative Care Clinic, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  • Clinical Lead, Advance Care Planning Project Team, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Dr Ng presented and participated in international palliative care and advance care planning conferences across Canada, Singapore and the USA from 2010 - 2017. He also was the supervisor in the family medicine fellowship programme from 2012 - 2016.

Dr Ng has research interest in palliative care and advance care planning. He received his MBBS degree from the National University of Singapore in 1997 and completed his MMed degree in family medicine in 2006. He was then awarded the FCFP (Singapore) in 2010 and went on to specialize in palliative medicine in 2012.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System and University Health Network
  • Chair in Geriatrics, Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Director, Health Policy Research, National Institute on Ageing, Ryerson University
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine,Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
  • Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr Sinha currently Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics of the Sinai Health System and the University Health Network in Toronto, the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Director of Health Policy Research at the National Institute on Ageing at Ryerson University. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He has pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy and he is now working on the development of a National Seniors Strategy. In 2014, Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly.

Beyond Canada, Dr. Sinha is a Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and a member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. Dr. Sinha has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, China, Iceland, Singapore, St. Kitts and Nevis, Taiwan and the United States on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

Concurrent Appointments:

  • Associate Professor, Information Systems (Practice), Singapore Management University
  • Academic Director, SMU-TCS iCity Lab, Singapore Management University
  • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member, Ministry of Education Translational and Innovation Fund Expert Panel (Sept 2018 - )
  • Academic Editor, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing (Impact factor: 1.899) (May 2018 - )
  • Member, Technical Committee on IT for the Elderly, IT Standards Committee (Nov 2017 - )

A/Prof Tan's current research interests include Internet of Things technology and their applications to bring about societal impact, especially to the vulnerable community.

A/Prof Tan was senior scientist and concurrently SERC programme manager at the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) of A*STAR, where he led a 30 member team of engineers and researchers in developing and evaluating large-scale networks and sensor systems. He was awarded the I2R Role Model Award twice, in 2012 and 2013 respectively, as well as the A*STAR Borderless, TALENT, and Most Inspiring Role Model Award in 2014. A/Prof Tan has also published over 120 peer-reviewed conference and journal papers, serving as an editor, evaluator and reviewer for various conferences and organisations across Europe and Asia.

A/Prof Tan attained his B.Eng. degree in electrical engineering from the National University of Singapore in 1994 and his M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering in 2000. He then completed his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2004 with his thesis on quality of service provisioning in wireless networks.

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