Teaching Faculty

Prof Kumaralingam Amirthalingam

Prof Kumaralingam Amirthalingam is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). He obtained his LLB (Hons) and PhD in law from the Australian National University (ANU) where he commenced his academic career and where he presently holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor. Kumar joined NUS in 2000 and over the years has served as Vice Dean (Academic Affairs), Vice Dean (International Programmes) and Director, Asian Law Institute. He is the Chair of the NUS Teaching Academy and serves on various faculty and university committees. From 2012 to 2014, he was on secondment to the Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Senior Director (Research & Policy). His research is primarily in the areas of criminal law and justice (focusing on the role of the Public Prosecutor), and in tort law (focusing on economic loss and medical liability).


Ms Rebecca Chew

Rebecca Chew is a Partner with the Business Finance & Insolvency Practice Group and the Human Resource Partner in Rajah & Tann LLP. She joined Rajah & Tann LLP in 1992 as a junior lawyer focusing on contentious court work. She worked under the guidance of the managing partner then, V.K. Rajah JA, presently a Judge of Appeal of the Supreme Court. In the early years of her legal practice, she gained a lot of valuable exposure in the area of banking and commercial litigation, banking advisory, different aspects of dispute resolution etc. Just about 3 to 4 years after joining Rajah & Tann LLP, Rebecca was offered partnership in the firm and this gave her a bigger role in managing relationships with the firm's clients which included several financial institutions.


Mr Christopher Chong

Christopher is a lawyer and a partner in the firm of Rodyk & Davidson LLP. His main areas of practice are in professional malpractice, commercial litigation and insurance. He is a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, whether through mediation or litigation in the Singapore courts or arbitration under the Rules of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre or the International Chamber of Commerce. He has defended hospitals and medical practitioners in medical negligence suits in both the High Court and the Subordinate Courts and has represented professionals in disciplinary proceedings.

 

Mr Edmund Kronenburg

Edmund Kronenburg began his career at Drew & Napier in 1996, and is today the Managing Partner of Braddell Brothers LLP, Singapore's third-oldest law practice, founded in 1883 by the sons of Singapore's first Attorney-General. He appears as counsel in trials and appeals before the Singapore courts, as well as in international commercial arbitrations, predominantly conducted under the SIAC, ICC and UNCITRAL Rules. He also sits as an Arbitrator. The Legal 500 (Asia Pacific, 2012 & 2013 editions) describe him as "aggressive", "articulate", "good strategist", "trusted confidant" and "best in class". Chambers & Partners (Global Guide, 2013) report that "Edmund Kronenburg of Braddell Brothers LLP "is a top-notch lawyer who comes up with comprehensive and pragmatic advice," sources say. Beside commercial disputes he also has expertise in medical-related matters." Edmund's practice areas include Commercial and Corporate Litigation & Arbitration, Medical Negligence & Misconduct, Employment, Cross-Border Family Litigation, Corporate Insolvency and Injunctions. He acts for the Singapore Medical Council in disciplinary hearings and has been involved in a variety of medical negligence matters in the Singapore courts, including two out of the three medical negligence cases decided by Singapore's apex court, i.e. the Court of Appeal.


Ms Kuah Boon Theng

Boon Theng graduated from the National University of Singapore Law Faculty in 1990 and subsequently completed her Masters in Arts Degree in Medical Ethics & Law from the University of London (King's College Centre for Medical Law and Ethics). She has 25 years of legal practice experience under her belt and has a special interest in healthcare law and ethics, advising various clients within the healthcare industry.

In addition to her legal practice, Boon Theng sits on various hospital committees including research and ethics committees, IRBs, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and clinical ethics committees. She has been recognized for her volunteer work on the National Medical Ethics Committee and the National Cancer Centre Medifund Committee. She is also Honorary Legal Advisor to the Singapore Medical Association and currently the Vice President of the Law Society of Singapore Council.


Dr Daniel Kwek

Dr Kwek is a senior consultant psychiatrist from Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Jurong Health Services. He is involved in the Consultative and Liaison psychiatric service and hence commonly has to deal with challenging situations on the ward involving patients and relatives. He would share with the trainees his experience which could be instructive for their professional career.


Clinical Prof Gilbert Lau

Dr Lau is a Senior Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Branch Director of Professional Services at the Forensic Medicine Division of the Health Sciences Authority. He is also, concurrently, a Clinical Associate Professor of the Yong Loo Yin School of Medicine, NUS, and a Visiting Consultant to the Departments of Pathology of SGH and TTSH. He oversees both the undergraduate curriculum in forensic medicine, as well as post-graduate training in forensic pathology. He sits on various committees, including the HSA Professional 14Board and the Product Vigilance Advisory Committee, and is a member of the editorial boards of several international forensic journals. Dr Lau is a recipient of the Minister of Health Award for the Tsunami Relief Operation (2005), the Singapore Police Overseas Service Medal (2005), the Public Service Medal (2005) and the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) (2013).


Adj A/Prof Lee see Muah

Adj A/Prof Lee See Muah is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Medicine, and Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at the Ng Teng Fong Hospital. He trained in Occupational Medicine and read Law with the University of London. He subsequently obtained his LL.M from the University of Edinburgh in 2015. He has a special interest in Diabetes affecting work, and was awarded the Post-Graduate Diploma in Diabetes with Distinction from Cardiff University, UK in 2010. His work has been published in academic journals. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor with the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, where he has responsibilities for post graduate and undergraduate teaching.


Mr Lek Siang Pheng

Siang Pheng is a lawyer and a senior partner in the firm of Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP. He is a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a Fellow of the Insolvency Practitioners Association of Singapore. He is a Honorary Legal Advisor to both the Singapore Medical Association and the College of Family Physicians Singapore. Aside from a civil and commercial litigation and arbitration practice, he also specialises in medicolegal work. He has been doing medical law matters since 1989, starting with work on behalf of hospitals and other healthcare institutions, both in the public and private sectors. He has also acted as counsel for the various medical defence organisations (doctors' indemnity providers) including currently the Medical Protection Society. He has advised doctors and hospitals on various legal, regulatory and ethical issues and also defended them in malpractice cases and other proceedings like Coroner's Inquiries and Singapore Medical Council Disciplinary Tribunal inquiries.


Dr Peter Loke

Dr Loke is a partner of Mint Medical Centre, a family medicine clinic located at HarbourFront. He is the Regional Medical Adviser (APAC) for Syngenta, a world leading multi-national agri-business where he looks at public and occupational health, toxicology and suicidology issues, and is also Adjunct Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University Singapore.

He previously had in the past experience in HSA (Health Sciences Authority) dealing with drug and clinical trial regulation.

In addition to his medical training, Dr Loke holds a law degree and an MA (Healthcare Ethics and Law). He is a member of the panel of the National Transplant Committee, the National Inquiry Panel of the legal profession, the Bioethics Committee, National University Hospital, the Institutional Review Board, Raffles Hospital, the Ethics Committee, Farrer Hospital, the Transplant Ethics Committee, Farrer Hospital, the Medifund Committee, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and the Medical Board, Eu Yan Sang International Healthcare. He is a Principal Mediator in the Singapore Mediation Centre and State Courts, and a partner in Resolvers Pte Ltd, a private mediation service. He is a Fellow of the Singapore and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and was previously a member of the Medical Protection Society Educational faculty.


Ms Mak Wei Munn

Wei Munn's practice comprises of a range of civil litigation areas with a special interest in professional negligence. She has over 12 years' experience in medico-legal work and acts for hospitals, clinics and doctors across a range of specialist disciplines in a variety of cases involving civil claims, disciplinary proceedings and inquiries. She has acted for doctors, companies and independent tribunals in relation to regulatory and ethical issues in clinical practice and medical research. She also advises on estate and trust matters, with experience in estate and trust advisory and litigation work. Wei Munn graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree and joined Allen & Gledhill after being called to the Singapore bar in 1997.


Dr Albert Myint Soe

Dr Myint Soe, PhD (Cambridge), MA (Cambridge), MA (Illinois), BA (Rangoon), Barrister-at-Law, has been a dedicated law lecturer for over 45 years, teaching law part-time and full-time at various educational institutions. His last full-time academic post was that of an Associate Professor in the Law Faculty of the then University of Singapore. He has been in private practice for many years, and has served for over 25 years as an Honorary Legal Adviser to the Singapore Medical Association. He has also been giving legal advice on an honorary basis to the Singapore Dental Association for nearly 20 years. As an MPS panel lawyer for more than 30 years, and Dental Protection panel lawyer for over 25 years, Dr Myint Soe is very familiar with many problems relating to both doctors and dentists. Besides giving legal advice, he has represented them in civil and criminal proceedings and at disciplinary proceedings. Dr Myint Soe has also given various talks and lectures to doctors and dentists and is well known on the lecture circuit.
 


 

Dr Habeebul Rahman

Dr Habeebul works at the Tan Tock Seng Department of Psychological Medicine as a Senior Consultant Psychiatrist. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and has a Diploma in Psychotherapy, which is his area of interest. He has been appointed to the Board of Visitors to The Office of the Public Guardian, and is also Assistant Professor at YLL School of Medicine and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Prior to attaining specialist accreditation, he completed a thesis on resilience within doctors, and serves as Chairperson of TTSH's peer support programme.


Dr Hairil Rizal Abdullah

Dr Hairil started his anaesthesiology training in Malaysia before completing his Advanced Specialty Training in Singapore and subspeciality training in Canada. He is currently an anaesthetist with Singapore General Hospital, with special interest in the subspecialities of peri operative medicine and bariatric Anaesthesia. He is also the director of the preoperative evaluation clinic in the hospital. He is interested in medical informatics and hospital administration, and its relationship to improve the workflow and efficiency in healthcare provision and has been leading the initiative to transform the Anaesthesia department of SGH into an electronic department via the Anaesthesia Information Management System suite since 2011.


Dr Seow Wan Tew

Dr Seow Wan Tew is a practising paediatric neurosurgeon and currently Senior Consultant and Head of the Neurosurgery Service at the KK Women's & Children's Hospital, Singapore. He is also a senior consultant neurosurgeon with the National Neuroscience Institute and was previously the Head of the Department of Neurosurgery at Tan Tock Seng Hospital and Singapore General Hospital. He graduated MBBS from the National University of Singapore and completed his neurosurgical training in Australia, and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, Academy of Medicine, Singapore and is Director for the SRS (Neurosurgery) programme of the Academy. He has an LLB (Hons) the University of London, and an LLM from the University of Melbourne. He is currently enrolled in a Masters of Surgical Education course in Australia. Dr Seow's other current appointments are as Director of Quality Management at the NNI and Director of Medical Risk Management in KKH.


Dr Leslie Tay

Dr Leslie Tay is a Consultant Cardiologist at Changi General Hospital and a Visiting Consultant at National Heart Centre Singapore. He trained in Interventional Cardiology and Cardiovascular CT at MonashHeart, Monash Medical Centre in Melbourne, Australia in 2011 to 2012. He is a core faculty member for the Singhealth Cardiology senior residency program and a clinical lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He has a keen interest in medical ethics and has co-authored a book entitled "Medico-Legal and Ethical Issues in Cardiology and General Medicine" (2010, McGraw Hill). Dr Tay is a firm believer in clinical practice improvement and has implemented numerous practice changes that improve patient safety and outcome.


A/Prof Cuthbert Teo

Dr Teo is a Senior Consultant Pathologist, Gazetted Forensic Pathologist, and Branch Director (Technical Capability), at the Forensic Medicine Division, Health Sciences Authority. His teaching appointments include Adjunct Associate Professor (Forensic Science) (Faculty of Science, NUS); Senior Lecturer (Forensic Medicine) (Yong Yoo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore); Consultant and Trainer (Home Team Academy, Ministry of Home Affairs); Trainer (School of Criminal Investigation, Criminal Investigation Department) and Lecturer and Founding Faculty (SMA course on Medical Ethics, Professionalism and Health Law). He is a Visiting Consultant at Changi General Hospital (Department of Laboratory Medicine) and KK Women's and Children's (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

He has contributed book chapters in 'Clinical Forensic Medicine' (Greenwich Medical); 'The Pathology of Trauma' (Arnold); 'Medical Malpractice (Singapore Medical Association); 'Families in Conflict: Approaches in Mediation and Counselling' (Butterworths); Polson's Essentials in Forensic Medicine (Arnold); and Changing Public Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Singapore (Singapore Children's Society).

He sits on various committees, including SMA News and Singapore Medical Journal (Editorial Boards); Chapter of Pathologists, Academy of Medicine (past Chairman and current ExCo member); Audit Committee (CGH); Serious Reportable Events Quality Assurance Committee (KKH), and Singapore Children's Society (Board member, Honorary Secretary, Research and Advocacy Standing Committee, Social Work Services Standing Committee).

Dr Teo has received the Minister for Health Award for work in SARS (2003), the Children's Charities Service Award (2004), the Minister for Health Award for Tsunami Relief (2005), the Singapore Police Overseas Medal (2005), the SMJ Reviewer Recognition Award (2007), the Singapore Children's Society (SCS) Gold Award (2009), the SCS Ruth Wong Award (2011), the Long Service Medal (Pingat Bakti Setia) (2012); the Long Service Award (National Council of Social Services, 2014), the Minister of Health Letter of Appreciation for Disaster Victim Identification Work in relation to the 28 December 2014 Air Asia Flight QZ8501 crash (2015); the Public Administration Medal, Bronze (Pingat Pentadbiran Awam (Gangsa) (2015), and Valued Reviewer Award (Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2016).


Mr Tham Hsu Hsien

Hsu Hsien's main areas of practice are in professional liability and conduct, banking litigation, and insolvency. He acts regularly for a medico-legal defence organisation and medical professionals in malpractice claims in the Courts and disciplinary actions before the Singapore Medical Council. He graduated from the National University of Singapore with an LLB (Hons) degree in 2002 and was called to the Singapore Bar in 2003. In 2008, he was seconded to a barristers' chambers in London and worked with senior barristers on significant litigation and arbitration matters in the UK.


Mr Eric Tin

Mr Eric Tin Keng Seng is an equity partner and head of the litigation department and medico-legal practice group of Donaldson & Burkinshaw. He is one of the panel legal advisors of the Medical Protection Society Ltd. He sits on MHA's Criminal Law Advisory Committee, the disciplinary panels of the Council for Estate Agencies and the Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority, and the adjudicators panel of the Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre. He is a Singapore Institute of Legal Education senior teaching fellow, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School guest lead faculty member, and the editor of Halsbury's Laws of Singapore (Vol. 8, Criminal Law, 2014 Reissue). A Singapore Legal Service scholar with a masters degree in law, Eric was a district judge and later a state prosecutor before joining private practice.


Dr Luke Toh

Dr Luke Toh is a Senior Consultant Interventional Radiologist in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology at the KK Womens' and Childrens' hospital, who is also visiting consultant to the Singapore General Hospital. He completed his Diagnostic Radiology training in Singapore in 2009, followed by a year of fellowship in Paediatric Interventional Radiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada in 2011, with special interest in the management of vascular anomalies. Medical Law and Ethics remains close to his heart and he enjoys a hearty discussion on medical ethical and legal issues.


Mr Edwin Tong

Edwin Tong has been with Allen & Gledhill LLP since 1995, and a Partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department since 2000. He has a broad civil litigation practice which encompasses banking, trust and property law, insolvency, corporate and commercial and professional negligence cases. Edwin is Honorary Legal Adviser to the Singapore Medical Association (SMA), and also to the Singapore College of Family Physicians. He lectures at the SGH Postgraduate Medical Institute and at the SMA Advanced Specialist Training Course on medico-legal matters and medical ethics and also at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School as well. In 2006, Edwin was also awarded the Singapore Medical Association Merit Award in recognition of contributions and services rendered to the Singapore Medical Association.


Adj Asst Prof Shelat Vishalkumar G

Dr Vishal completed his formal medical and basic surgical training from Gujarat University, India. He was appointed as Assistant Professor in General Surgery at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad in 2003. He passed MRCSEd in 2005 and worked in UK-National Health Service for 2 years before coming to Singapore. He did Clinical Fellowship in HPB and Liver Transplantation at National University Hospital and obtained Hesperis Diploma in Organ Transplantation from ECOT. He also completed Advanced Surgical Training in 2012. He was awarded HMDP to pursue Advanced Laparoscopic HPB surgery at Southampton General Hospital, UK. Dr Vishal passed UEMS conducted HPB surgery exam and is elected as a Fellow of European Board of HPB surgery. He was awarded Davies Foundation Trust Travelling award to pursue Robotic Pancreas Surgical Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre. He enjoys teaching and has received Certificate of Commendation from National University of Singapore and NHG Clinician Teacher award for teaching undergraduates. He is also appointed as Clinical Senior Lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and a Core Faculty member of NHG-APL surgical residency programme.

Dr Vishal is also Assistant Lead and Adjunct Asst. Prof in Surgery for Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. He has been conferred visiting Professorship by Asian Institute of Telesurgery, IRCAD, Taiwan for teaching in Laparoscopic courses. He has completed Master in Clinical Investigation with NUS with MOH-NRF Scholarship award. He has more than 60 peer reviewed publications and book chapters. He serves in the governing council of International College of Surgeons. He has a keen interest to teach, train and learn medical ethics and healthcare law.


A/Prof Jason Yap

A public health physician with 30 years of experience in the public and private healthcare sectors with diverse responsibilities covering public policy, informatics, marketing and education, he now serves as an Associate Professor in the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in the National University Health System, where he supports undergraduate, postgraduate, executive and continuing professional education in various capacities. He is the Program Director for the National Preventive Medicine Residency Program. His academic interests are in Integrated Care, Health Systems and Healthcare Management.

He has been involved during his career in major healthcare changes in Singapore, including the advent of Integrated Care, the marketing of Singapore Medicine as an international medical hub and healthcare destination, the conceptualization of the national Electronic Medical Record eXchange, crisis management and patient information management during the SARS outbreak, the consolidation of IT systems and services in public sector healthcare institutions, the introduction of clinical coding and casemix, and the implementation of licensing for healthcare facilities.