Board of Directors

A/Prof Gerald Chua
Executive Director
Dr Devanand Anantham
Deputy Executive Director
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Immediate Past Executive Director
A/Prof Chin Jing Jih
Board Member
A/Prof Lai Siang Hui
Board Member
Dr Low Sher Guan Luke
Board Member
Dr Benjamin Ng
Board Member
Dr S R E Sayampanathan
Board Member
Dr S Suraj Kumar
Board Member
Dr Bertha Woon
Board Member

A/ Prof Gerald Chua
Executive Director

Dr Gerald Chua graduated in Medicine in Singapore in 1994 and obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK in 1999. He received his Certificate of Specialist Accreditation in Respiratory Medicine in 2003. He was awarded the European Diploma in Intensive Care in 2004 by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. He was elected a Fellow qua Physician of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2009, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2011.

Dr Chua completed his post-graduate intensive care training with a clinical fellowship at the Department of Intensive Care of the University Medical Centre St Radboud, Nijmegen, The Netherlands in 2006. His main clinical and academic interests are in hemodynamic monitoring and renal support therapy in the intensive care unit. Dr Chua's other interests are in medical and nursing education. He is a member of the Intensive Care Medicine Sub-Specialty Training Committee, and is the Associate Dean of Alexandra Hospital.

He chairs the Jurong Health Services Bioethics Committee.

Dr Devanand Anantham
Deputy Executive Director

Dr Devanand was trained in interventional pulmonology and clinical ethics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School. He has clinical interests in pleural diseases, advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy, thoracic ultrasound and end-of-life ethics. His research interests include the management of malignant pleural effusions using tunneled catheters, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer and life support decision making in the intensive care unit.

Dr Devanand has also served as the editorial consultant for the American College of Physician's Information and Education Resource on Pneumothorax and is a reviewer for Thorax, Respirology, QJM International Journal of Medicine and Southern Medical Journal.

Dr T Thirumoorthy
Immediate Past Executive Director

Dr Thirumoorthy is a medical doctor, trained as a dermatologist and presently is the Group Chief Medical Officer of IHH Healthcare.

Dr Thirumoorthy is the Founding Director of the SMA Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism (SMA-CMEP) from 2000 to 2003 and appointed as Executive Director from 2011 to 2016. In 2004, Dr Thiru was awarded the SMA Merit Award for services contributed in medical ethics and professionalism.

He was an elected member of the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) from 2005 to 2008 and re-elected in 2014 to 2017. He continues to serve on the SMC Ethics Committee. He was a member of the MOH National Medical Ethics Committee (NMEC) from 2005 to 2012. He served as the Chief Censor of the Academy of Medicine of Singapore from 2012 to 2016.

A/Prof Chin Jing Jih
Board Member

A/Prof Chin Jing Jih practices as Senior Consultant Geriatrician in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and chairs the hospital's Division of Integrative & Community Care. He is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Nanyang Technological University(NTU)-Imperial College Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He currently serves on the Singapore Medical Council, Bioethics Advisory Committee and National Medical Ethics Committee and has been chairing his hospital's Clinical Ethics Committee for more than 10 years. His academic interests include ethics and professionalism, dementia care, and models of healthcare delivery. He was elected as President of the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) after serving in the council for the last 10 years.

A/Prof Lai Siang Hui
Board Member

Dr Lai Siang Hui is Senior Consultant at Department of Anatomical Pathology, Singapore General Hospital, and concurrently Director of SingHealth Tissue Repository and the Advanced Molecular Pathology Laboratory (AMPL@SingHealth). He was the pioneering Director of the Anatomic Pathology Residency Programme at SingHealth, and handed over this duty in September 2016.

After obtaining his basic medical degree from the National University of Singapore, he embarked on training in Pathology and successfully obtained the Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence with Distinction from the Society of Apothecaries of London. He was also admitted as Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) in 2009. Prior to joining SGH, Dr Lai practiced as a forensic pathologist at the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore. At the Centre for Forensic Medicine, Dr Lai held the appointments of Head (Research) and later Head (Training & Education), running the departmental training program until his departure in 2007.

Dr Lai is committed to the training of future generations of doctors and specialists and holds teaching positions at various universities. He is concurrently Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Department of Pathology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University Singapore, and Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School. Besides the usual and routine work, Dr Lai finds time for other professional and social activities. He is currently President of the Medico-Legal Society of Singapore and past Chairman of the Medical Alumni Association (Southern Branch).

Dr Low Sher Guan Luke
Board Member

Dr Low Sher Guan Luke is a consultant with Sengkang Health, Department of Family Medicine. Dr Low received his medical degree from the National University Singapore School of Medicine in 2005. He completed his fellowship training in Family Medicine in 2013. Dr Low is keenly interested in newer and evolving models of care for family medicine, and how family medicine can be one discipline operating in multiple settings. He is also keen to improve end-of-life care in the community hospitals, before their next transition to either their own homes or inpatient hospices.

Dr Benjamin Ng
Board Member

Dr Benjamin Ng is Director, Office of Professional Affairs, Academy of Medicine, Singapore (AMS), and co-opted member, AMS Council. He was President, College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians (CPHOP). He is AMS representative in National Ethics Capability Committee (NECC), Ministry of Health, and Chair, Organizational Ethics Workgroup, which is developing the competency training framework for Organisational Ethics for NECC.

Dr Ng is an occupational and aviation medicine physician in private practice. He has more than 18 years of medical, operational and administrative experiences with Singapore Armed Forces. His last appointment was Chief Air Force Medical Officer, the highest appointment held by a doctor in Republic of Singapore Air Force. After Raffles Medical Group, he joined Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) as Director, Clinical Standards and Improvement. One of his primary role is to manage the perception, expectation and clinical care experience of patients in response to their feedbacks, and manage medico-legal cases.

Dr Ng is a Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health Master of Public Health programme visiting lecturer. He was Associate Programme Director (APD), Preventive Medicine Residency for TTSH, and the first APD for Occupational Medicine Senior Residency under National University Health System. He is a member, Exit Examination Committee for Preventive Medicine of the Joint Committee on Specialist Training. He is a member, Licensing Medical Assessors Board and Civil Aviation Medical Board, of Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Dr S R E Sayampanathan
Board Member

Dr Sayampanathan graduated from the National University Hospital of Singapore in 1982.  He got his surgical qualifications (FRCS) from Edinburgh in 1990. 

After that, he did post-graduate training in the United Kingdom where he was based at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital for 4 years.  He also did a Fellowship in Germany.

In 1994, he returned to Singapore to practise at government hospitals till May 1998, when he started his own practice at Gleneagles Medical Centre.  He was awarded the Young Investigator Award in 1995 for research he did.

He is now a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with special interests in osteoporosis, trauma, knee and spinal surgery.  

He was also elected Master of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2016.  Previously, he served as President of the College of Surgeons, Singapore (2011 to 2013).  He also  contributes to professional interest groups within Gleneagles Hospital.

In his spare time, he enjoys doing community work.  He was awarded the Pingkat Bakti Mashyrakat (PBM) by the President of Singapore in 2009.  In 2011, he was awarded the Serving Brother of St John (SBStJ) by the Queen of England.  In 2015, he was awarded the Officer of St John (OStJ) by the Queen of England.

 
Dr S Suraj Kumar
Board Member

Dr Kumar graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1984.

He obtained his Masters degree in Family Medicine in 2011 and obtained his Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians in 2013. He is also a fellow in the chapter of Family Physicians in Academy of Medicine since 2015.Dr Kumar has over 20 years of experience in general practice and family medicine. He is actively involved in medical teaching and is a tutor in the Graduate Diploma Family Medicine as well as the associate programme director of the College Masters Programme in Family Medicine. He is also a Family Physician preceptor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School.

Dr Kumar's special areas of interest include family medicine, geriatrics, men's health, preventive health and health education.

Dr Bertha Woon
Board Member

Dr Bertha Woon is a specialist in General Surgery, with special interest in Breast Surgery at her private practice, Bertha Woon General and Breast Surgery, at Gleneagles Medical Centre, Singapore. She is an Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore since July 2013, having obtained her Juris Doctor from Singapore Management University, School of Law. She is an Associate Mediator at the Singapore Mediation Centre and MOHH. She was appointed by MOH as a member of the National Medical Ethics Committee (NMEC). She is also a member of the Ethics Committee at Ang Moh Kio-Thye Hua Kwan hospital. She is also an Associate of the Medical Protection Society (MPS).

A Council Member of the Singapore Medical Association (SMA) since 2007, she is the Vice-Chairman for Medical Indemnity, Council Member representing the SMA at the Confederation of Medical Associations in Asia and Oceania (CMAAO), Board Member of SMA Centre for Medical Ethics and Professionalism since 2011. She is a member of the Academy of Medicine (AMS) Standing Committee of Professional Affairs, and was past Honorary Secretary and Treasurer of the College of Surgeons Singapore (CSS).

Her interests include medical education, ethics and professionalism and medico-legal issues, including advocacy for patients and physicians.