National University Heart Center, Singapore (NUHCS) announces leadership changes

Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director of the National University Heart Center in Singapore to hand over to Associate Professor James Yip after more than 13 years of dedicated leadership

Singapore’s NUHCS has announced that Professor Tan Huay Cheem will step down as Director of the National University Heart Center, Singapore (NUHCS) on July 1, 2021. Over the past 13 years, Professor Tan has charted the center’s growth in several manners. It has strengthened the training of the workforce and the development of clinical programs, instituted structured training programs for trainees, nurtured a research ecosystem and cultivated young clinician-researchers.

Under his leadership, the center achieved many clinical breakthroughs. In 2001, he converted the Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) program for patients with acute myocardial infarction with ST-segment elevation (STEMI) to a 24/7 service. In 2017, he inaugurated the Western STEMI network in the Western region of Singapore, achieving the shortest door-to-balloon time for patient transfer to National University Hospital (NUH) and the lowest STEMI mortality rates in Singapore.

The Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery has also reached new heights of excellence such as the Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery Program and the Aortic Center. The extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) mobile service also played a crucial role during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing care for the most seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

The next generation will be Associate Professor James Yip. An accomplished cardiologist and clinician-scientist, A / Prof Yip contributed to the development of the structural heart disease program at NUH and the National University Health System (NUHS) from 2003 to 2017. He has also led numerous international pulmonary hypertension trials. as the principal investigator.

A / Prof Yip was instrumental in the development of the undergraduate ultrasound training module at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and is a core tutor and program evaluation member of the senior residency program. in Cardiology from the NUHS. He has been awarded the NUH University Medical Cluster Outstanding Tutor Award six times since 2010 in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate medical education.

A / Prof Yip was appointed Director of Medical Informatics at NUH in 2006 and has served as Director of Medical Informatics for the NUHS Group since 2017. He will step down from his role of GCMIO when he takes on the role of Director of the NUHCS on July 1, 2021.

Image caption: Prof Tan Huay Cheem (left); Professor James Yip (right)

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