Prof Marie BAKITAS
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Asst Prof Rachelle BERNACKI
Harvard Medical School, USA
Dr Sara BOOTH
Dr Nicki COHEN
Texas Women's University (TWU), USA
Prof Anthony DICKENSON
University College, London
Dr Jo HOCKLEY
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Joshua LAKIN
Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston
Ms Liese GROOT-ALBERTS
A/Prof Darcy HARRIS
Dr Jo HOCKLEY
Prof Robert NEIMEYER
Prof Elizabeth LOBB
Dr Ying Wei, WANG
Dr Joanne WOLFE
Prof Siang Yong, TAN, MD, JD
Dr Mavis ANG, National Neuroscience Institute
Dr Noreen CHAN, National University Hospital
Dr Yeow CHAN, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Mr Zhihao CHAN, Singapore Thong Chai Medical Institution
Prof Yin Bun CHEUNG, Duke-NUS Medical School
A/Prof Jason CHOO, Singapore General Hospital
A/Prof Gerald CHUA, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital
Dr Nicholas CHUA, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Ms Trudy CHUA, Assisi Hospice
Dr Gilbert FAN, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Prof Eric FINKELSTEIN, Lien Centre for Palliative Care
Dr Wen Yang GOH, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Juanda Leo HARTONO, National University Hospital
Dr Kalaiyarasi KALIYAPERUMAL, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Mervyn KOH, Dover Park Hospice, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ms Tang En KOH, Dover Park Hospice
Prof Woon Puay KOH, National University Hospital
Assoc Prof Andy HO, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Ms Jessica HO, Family Caregiver
Dr Yiqing HUANG, National University Hospital
Adj A/Prof Allyn HUM, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Ms Michelle LAU, Dover Park Hospice
Ms Jaclyn LEE, OncoCare Cancer Centre
Dr Guo Zhang LEE, Singapore General Hospital
Ms Jayne LEONG, HCA Hospice Care
Dr Andrew LI, National University Hospital
Ms Geck Hoon LIM, Singapore Institute of Technology
Ms Tammy LIM, Assisi Hospice
Dr Wen Phei LIM, Woodlands Health Campus
A/Prof James Alvin LOW, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
Dr Tong Jen LO, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Asst Prof Chetna MALHOTRA, Lien Centre for Palliative Care
Ms Angjolie MEI, The Life Celebrant
Dr Sumytra MENON, National University of Singapore
Dr Mark MUTHIAH, National University Hospital
Dr Han Yee NEO, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Dr Patricia NEO, National Cancer Centre Singapore and
Chairperson of Singapore Hospice Council
Dr Shirlyn NEO, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Rina NGA, Assisi Hospice
Ms Gillian ONG, Dover Park Hospice
Dr Say Yang ONG, National University Hospital
Asst Prof Semra OZDEMIR, Lien Centre for Palliative Care
Dr Rakhee YASH PAL, National University Hospital
Mr Calvin PANG, Assisi Hospice
Ms Cheng Wan PEH, Viriya Community Services
Dr Tan Ying PEH, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Gillian PHUA, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Choo Hwee POI, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
A/Prof Edward POON, St Luke’s ElderCare (SLEC)
Dr Daniel QUAH, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Mr Andy SIM, Singapore General Hospital
Dr Adrian TAN, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Sister Geraldine TAN, St Joseph's Home
Dr Woan Shin TAN, National Healthcare Group
Dr Frank TAY, National University Hospital
Dr Irene TEO, Lien Centre for Palliative Care
Dr Louis TEO, National Heart Centre Singapore
Ms Mei Qi TEY, Assisi Hospice
Dr Chow Wei TOO, Singapore General Hospital
Ms Yu Hsuan WANG, Montfort Care
Ms Jasmine WONG, Tsao Foundation
Ms Yoke Ping WONG, Changi General Hospital
Dr Huei Yaw WU, Woodlands Health Campus
Dr Grace YANG, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Samantha YANG, National University Hospital
Ms Eliada YAP, Assisi Hospice
Dr Alethea YEE, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Ms Celine YONG, Assisi Hospice
Dr Jamie ZHOU, National Cancer Centre Singapore
Dr Wen Yang GOH
Dr Goh is a consultant Palliative Care Physician and Geriatrician at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2010 and received his accreditation in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine in 2018 and 2021 respectively. Dr Goh is the clinical lead in the TTSH Geriatric Oncology Supportive Clinic which provides both comprehensive geriatric assessment and palliative care to older adults with cancer.
Dr Adrian TAN
Dr Tan Kok Heng Adrian is a Family Physician Senior Consultant in the Department of Continuing and Community Care (CCC) in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). He is currently Deputy Director of Home Ventilation Respiratory Support Service and the Consultant in charge of Transition Care Teams in CCC. He does consultancy work with Ang Mo Kio and Renci Community Hospital, and he is a mentor in Advance Care Plan in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
He is actively involved with College of Family Physicians, Singapore as a supervisor/clinical assessor for the Family Medicine Fellowship Program and a member of the FM Assessor Board.
He obtained his MBBS (NUS) in 1997 followed by MMed family medicine NUS in 2003. He is a fellow of College of Family Physicians (FCFP) since 2010. He also obtained his geriatric diploma GDGM in 2007. He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan on High Spinal Cord Injury Patient Management in 2014 to Shepherd Centre, Rehabilitation Centre Atlanta, Georgia USA.
His past appointments include the Deputy Head in Yishun Polyclinic NHGP, Supervisor and chief clinical trainer and research head in St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, Acting Medical Director in Kwong Wai Shui Community Hospital and Day Rehabilitation centre. He was also the consultant overseeing palliative care in Nursing Homes.
He is currently appointed Adj Assistant Professor of the Medical Department, Family Medicine, National University Health System. He is also a faculty member of the Family Medicine Residency Program of National Healthcare Group and Clinical Practice Facilitator of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.
His current interest is in community complex care, geriatric, rehabilitation and palliative care in the community. His other clinical interest include respiratory secretions management, chronic ventilation and percutaneous gastrostomy care in the community.
Ms Gillian ONG
Gillian is a Senior Medical Social Worker/Senior Art Therapist in Dover Park Hospice, and is Team Lead for the Social work and Psychosocial Services in the Inpatient Unit.
Trained in Australia as a social worker and art therapist, Gillian has worked with diverse populations that include the area of disabilities, HIV work, mental health and palliative care. Her years of experience as a Social Worker taught her that the work of social justice and advocacy requires not just a deep sense of empathy, but also humility and courage to learn, un-learn and re-learn. Her other hat as an Art Therapist helped her to see the tremendous capacity in all of us for transformation, forgiveness and healing through art. Her hybrid role as a Medical Social Worker/Art Therapist in the hospice has helped her understand more deeply the need for compassion to self and others in the journey of life.
As a social worker and art therapist, Gillian believes in harnessing the therapeutic value of creativity in all its forms for social change and good. When she is not double-hatting, traces of her can be found in coffee spots, books, sporting activities etc etc and all kinds of daydreams of travel adventures after the pandemic.
Dr Woan Shin TAN
Dr Tan Woan Shin is the head of discipline for Health Services & Outcomes Research in the National Healthcare Group. Woan Shin obtained her Ph.D. in Health Services Research from the Nanyang Technological University, and her Masters and Bachelors in Economics from the National University of Singapore. She was also awarded the Health Manpower Development Programme (HMDP) fellowship in 2008 and the National Medical Research Council (NMRC) research training fellowship in 2015. Her current research focuses 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.
Prof Yin Bun CHEUNG
CHEUNG Yin Bun is a Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, and Adjunct Professor at Tampere University, Finland. Prior to joining Duke-NUS in 2012, he served as a senior lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Chief Scientific Officer at the Singapore Clinical Research Institute.
He received his degrees in social science, medical demography, statistics and paediatric epidemiology from institutions in Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. He has broad interest in the studies of child health, statistical methodology, and health and quality of life outcomes.
As of 2021, he is the principal investigator of a statistical methodology study to improve the design and analysis of vaccine and infectious disease studies (funded by the National Medical Research Council) and a study to evaluate the measurement of quality of life of family caregivers of patients with chronic heart disease (funded by the Lien Centre for Palliative Care).
He is the author of Statistical Analysis of Human Growth and Development (CRC Press, 2014) and co-author of Survival Analysis: A Practical Approach (Wiley, 2006). He is the developer of the Singapore Caregiver Quality of Life Scale.
Prof Woon Puay KOH
Dr Koh is Professor in Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS Medicine). Being a population health scientist, Prof Koh’s research interest and expertise is in unravelling the epidemiology of chronic diseases of importance to Singapore, such as cancer, cardio-metabolic, musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases. Prof Koh is the Principal Investigator of the Singapore Chinese Health Study, a 63,257-strong cohort of middle-aged and elderly Chinese Singaporeans established for the long-term study of dietary and environmental determinants of chronic diseases common among Singaporeans. She has co-authored about 400 scientific papers and is a recipient of the Ministry of Health NMRC Clinician Scientist Award (Senior Investigator). In her role as Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) and Director of the Clinician-Scientist Development Unit in NUS Medicine, she provides career guidance and mentoring to young clinicians who are keen to establish research as part of their careers.
Dr Tong Jen LO
Dr Lo Tong Jen is Consultant, Division of Supportive and Palliative Care, National Cancer Centre Singapore, and Consultant, Assisi Hospice. He currently chairs the Singapore Hospice Council Quality Improvement Steering Committee.
Ms Eliada YAP
Eliada is the Assistant Director of Nursing at Assisi Hospice. She leveraged on her training in Singapore, England and Australia and 33 years of experience in nursing to develop the hospice’s inaugural wards in dementia and paediatric care. She chairs the Dementia and Paediatric Workgroup in the hospice as well as the Palliative Care Outcome Collaboration workgroup. Having served across the hospital, hospice and nursing home settings, her key interest is to advance palliative care for all and to mentor a new generation of palliative care nursing leaders. She is a strong believer in reflective and dynamic nursing that models compassion, with the appropriate communication and engagement skills.
Ms Michelle LAU
Michelle Lau is a Medical Social Worker in Dover Park Hospice who has deep interest in supporting terminally ill patients and their families. Michelle enjoys embarking in various individual and family legacy work to help end of life patients achieve meaning and purpose in their final life journey.
Ms Tang En KOH
Tang En is an Accredited and Registered Social Worker in Singapore. She is a Senior Medical Social Worker in Dover Park Hospice where she leads the social work and psychosocial services team in the home care department. She holds a Master of Social Work degree in New York University (NYU) and is currently a fellow in the NYU Silver's Zelda Foster Studies in Palliative and End-of-Life Care. Internationally, she is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network, and a committee member of the World Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work Network. Locally, she is a member of the Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW) where she is involved with the Medical Social Work Chapter.
Dr Rina NGA
Dr Rina Nga Su Yin is a Principal Resident Physician at Assisi Hospice. She started work in the palliative sector in 2011 doing mainly palliative homecare. She headed the Hospice Homecare department in the Singapore Cancer Society from 2012 to 2016, during which she was involved in the groundwork for their new Cancer Rehabilitation Centre. In January 2017, she joined Assisi Hospice and helped set up the Dementia Palliative Inpatient service. She strongly advocates building awareness about Dementia Palliative Care in the community, so that families know how to reach to out to receive support for themselves and their loved ones at the end of life. Her own father had a 20 year journey with Alzheimer’s Dementia before his demise.
Ms Geck Hoon LIM
Geck Hoon is an Occupational Therapy lecturer with the Singapore Institute of Technology and a volunteer with Assisi Hospice. Prior to joining the academic track, she worked with people with various conditions across a range of settings including restructured hospitals, Day Care and Home Care settings. She has a special interest in palliative care and is currently pursuing her PhD studies exploring the occupations of terminally ill older adults.
Ms Angjolie MEI
Angjolie Mei is one of a handful of women in Singapore's funeral industry. The founder of The Life Celebrant, entrepreneur, certified funeral celebrant and legacy planner published an autobiography titled "Dying To Meet You - Confessions Of A Funeral Director" in 2017 "Death is a psychologically threatening fact, but when people contemplate it, apparently the automatic system begins to search for happy thought.
Ms Jaclyn LEE
Jaclyn had been a trained Social Worker with 8 years of working experiences as a psychosocial care professional in the palliative care settings when she became the caregiver of her mother from 2017 to 2019. Her late mother was diagnosed with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer when she was in her late 50s. Jaclyn was the youngest of three siblings and despite her professional background, her journey as a daughter and caregiver had been nothing short of an emotional roller coaster. There were times when all hopes seemed lost and yet, arising out of the same journey were opportunities for deeper understanding, appreciation, and new meaning. While cancer had stolen so much of their lives, she also realized that cancer was not everything. In this session, Jaclyn will share her personal journey of grief and discovery with the hope that her story may offer some measure of solace and meaning to others who may or have embarked on similar caregiver journeys.
Ms Jessica HO
Jessica Ho is a working single mother to a 20-year-old daughter and also a daughter cum caregiver to her late father and her 81-year-old mother. She has cared for her late father during a trying period of the COVID pandemic and it had a profound impact on her caregiving journey. To recharge and stay focused in her roles as a mother and caregiver, she runs, swims and cycles regularly. She believes in living life to the fullest and never looking back.
Ms Cheng Wan PEH
Cheng Wan has more than 15 years of experience as a Medical Social Worker and Counsellor. She has been a clinical supervisor and mentor, specialising in the field of palliative and end-of-life care. Following her stint in the hospice sector, she joined Viriya Community Services to continue her learning and contribution in the area of family and specialist services
Mr Zhihao CHAN
Physician Chan Zhihao is a registered TCM physician who graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a double degree in Bachelor of Sciences in Biomedical Sciences and Bachelor of Chinese Medicine. He went on to pursue his Master's Degree in Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in particular the field of Integrative Medicine. His research interest focuses on the prevention and treatment of cancer and hematological disorders with Chinese medicine.
During practice, Physician Chan strongly believes in a holistic approach to cancer management, complementing Western treatment with Chinese medicine.
Ms Trudy CHUA
Trudy is a Registered Music Therapist (RMT) credentialed by the Australian Music Therapy Association. She graduated with a Master of Music Therapy from the University of Melbourne in 2018. Trudy currently practices in hospice and palliative care, providing music therapy services to patients and their loved ones in the inpatient and day care settings at Assisi Hospice. She adopts a humanistic approach in her clinical work, recognising the power and potential in every person, and the wonders that can unfold in a partnership with music. Trudy is currently undergoing advanced training in Guided Imagery and Music (GIM).
Ms Mei Qi TEY
Mei Qi is a Senior Medical Social Worker with Assisi Hospice. In her 8 years practicing as a social worker, she has taken on different areas of specialisation such as family violence work, trauma-focused therapies for young children and adolescents, and piloting community projects on ACP and EOL care. She has eventually returned to Assisi Hospice 7 years after her short stint as a student intern to deepen her learning in palliative and EOL care and continue her journey as a hospice social worker.
Mei Qi has attained her Bachelor of Social Sciences (Social Work) with the National University of Singapore (NUS), and she is currently pursuing her Master in Social Sciences (Social Work by Research) back at NUS. Through the years, her research interests remain in EOL care, palliative social work, and grief and bereavement. Both as a clinician and researcher, she sees the power of being grounded in one’s practice and has embarked on a lifelong journey to discover knowledge through individuals’ life stories.
A/Prof Edward POON
In the span of 26 years, Associate Professor Edward Poon has taken on many different roles and responsibilities in both acute and Community Care settings. His journey in acute care began in 1988 when he joined the Singapore General Hospital as a Staff Nurse. Six years later, he ventured into the Community Care sector when he assumed the role of an Infection Control Nurse at St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, where his leadership journey started to take shape.
Assoc. Prof. Poon was later promoted to leadership roles such as Director of Nursing at Dover Park Hospice and Chief Nurse at Ang Mo Kio–Thye Hua Kwan Hospital. He then took on the role of Director of Nursing at St Luke’s ElderCare (SLEC) in October 2017, and subsequently, became the Academic Director as well in May 2019.
Dr Jamie ZHOU
Dr Jamie Zhou is a Consultant at the Division of Supportive and Palliative Care, National Cancer Centre Singapore. Her special interests are in pain management, palliative care in intensive care units, and communication skills training.
She is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. She has been actively involved in various national projects including Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care website development, and Community Engagement.
Current projects include improving communication skills in healthcare.
A/Prof James Alvin LOW
A/Prof James Low is a Senior Consultant of Geriatric Medicine and Palliative Care, Lead Clinician of the Long-Term Care and Chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. As Member of GERI's Senior Management and Research Committee, his main areas of interest are in General Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Care and Communications in caring for older patients.
Dr Gillian PHUA
Dr Gillian Phua graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2008 and subsequently obtained her Membership from the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) (United Kingdom) and Masters in Internal Medicine (MMed) (Int Med) (Singapore). She completed her specialist training in Palliative Medicine in National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) in February 2019 and joined NCCS as a Consultant.
She is currently a Clinical Lecturer with the Department of Medicine, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore and an Adjunct Instructor with Duke-NUS Medical School.
Dr Alethea YEE
Dr Alethea Yee is a specialist in Palliative Medicine. She was Head of DSPC from 2011-2018 during which she oversaw a huge expansion of DSPC into service, education and research arms. She is currently seconded to Assisi Hospice as a Clinical Director from Aug 2018.
Besides her appointment as Education Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care Centre (LCPC), she also sits on the national Subspecialty Training Committee for Palliative Medicine. In the past she has been on various training committees for Internal Medicine residency, nursing and allied health.
Adj A/Prof Allyn Hum
Adj A/Prof Hum is a Senior Consultant at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, specialising in geriatric and palliative care. She is also Director of Programme Dignity, Singapore’s first palliative home care programme for patients living with advanced dementia.
She has a special interest in cancer pain and research and teaches principles of Palliative Care and Communications to medical students, nurses and junior doctors.
She co-edited the book ‘The Bedside Palliative Medicine Handbook’, which serves as a practical guide to palliative medicine.
Ms Celine YONG
Celine has 10 years experience as an Occupational Therapist and has worked with palliative care patients for the last 8 years. She previously worked at Bright Vision Hospital and helped enhance the palliative care ward’s service by setting up a variety of daily activity groups, enhancing bedside engagement and organising outings for palliative care patients. She helped develop the curriculum for Lien Centre-Duke NUS’ Palliative Care course for Therapists and is a regular presenter at the course. Celine currently works at Assisi Hospice, working with patients across the inpatient, Day Care Centre and home care settings.
Ms Yoke Ping WONG
Ms Wong Yoke Ping is a nurse clinician in Changi General Hospital. She attained her Masters of Palliative Care in Aged Care from Flinders University in 2020. Her key interest is in developing generalist end-of-life care framework in the acute hospital and the nursing homes. Since 2017, she utilized a blended learning approach that combined online e-learning and face-to-face case scenario interactions supplemented by experiential bedside clinical shadowing for nurses across various settings.
Dr Tan Ying PEH
Dr Peh Tan Ying is a Senior Consultant in the NCCS Division of Supportive and Palliative Care, Assisi Hospice and Lien Centre for Palliative Care. She is Chair of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine Physicians and sits on the Palliative Medicine Advanced Specialist Training Specialist and Subspecialty Training Committee and Joint Committee for Specialist Training Exit Exam Committee. As the Education Director of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Supportive and Palliative Care Centre, Co-Chairperson of the SHC Community Engagement and Communication Steering Committee Healthcare Workgroup and Assistant Programme Director of the NUS Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine, she is heavily involved in undergraduate and postgraduate palliative care education and training of healthcare professionals in Singapore.
Dr Say Yang ONG
Dr Ong Say Yang is a consultant anaesthesiologist. He completed his anaesthesia training in 2014 and underwent a one-year fellowship in chronic pain management in Adelaide in 2018. His clinical interests are in pain management, regional and obstetric anaesthesia. He divides his clinical time between the National University Hospital and Alexandra Hospital. He is the current pain service lead for Alexandra Hospital and advocates for interdisciplinary pain management. Dr Ong is also the current President of the Pain Association of Singapore. The association promotes pain management education, knowledge sharing and collaboration among its physician, allied health and nursing members.
Dr Yeow CHAN
Dr Chan Yeow is a Senior Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Intensivist from Tan Tock Seng Hospital; and Director of the Home Ventilation and Respiratory Support Service
The multidisciplinary HVRSS team looks after more than 180 adult patients needing complex home ventilation (tracheostomy ventilation or continuous noninvasive ventilation). Whilst chronic ventilation can be seen as an organ-supporting, life-extending therapy, the primary aim of the team is to make each day better for ventilator users, and not just make more days possible. Their motto for their 10th anniversary celebration is #CelebratingEveryBreath.
Dr Louis TEO
Dr Louis Teo was certified as a cardiologist by the Specialists Accreditation Board of Singapore in 2014. He pursued his interest in the heart failure subspecialty by doing 1 year of fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology from 2014 to 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA. He completed his training in echocardiography from 2015 to 2016 at the National Heart Centre Singapore. He is currently working as a heart failure and echocardiography consultant at the National Heart Centre Singapore.
Dr Gilbert FAN
Dr Gilbert Fan, RSW, FAPA is a Clinical Supervisor (Satir), Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association (USA) and Registered Social Worker. Gilbert’s professional doctorate is in Social Work & Futures Studies. He has extensive experience as a medical social worker, having worked in both general and tertiary hospitals and a short teaching stint at the Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) lecturing in the Behavioural Sciences. He continues to teach in various capacities in social work and counselling programmes at both local and foreign universities. He was appointed as Master Practice Leader by the Ministry of Social & Family Development in 2015-2019 and Fellow of the Social Service Institute in 2016-2019 and 2020 to present.
Gilbert is the Co-Chair for Volunteer Engagement, Advisor & Master MSW to the Department of Psychosocial Oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore.
A/Prof Jason CHOO
Associate Professor Jason Choo is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Renal Medicine, Singapore General Hospital. He holds the academic title of Clinical Associate Professor with Duke-NUS Medical School and is the current President of the Singapore Society of Nephrology.
He currently leads the Low Clearance Clinic service and is the Director of the Glomerulonephritis Renal Vasculitis service in Singapore General Hospital. He completed his HMDP attachment in both Imperial College and King’s College, London to establish a Multidisciplinary Renal-Palliative Clinical Service.
Dr Kalaiyarasi KALIYAPERUMAL
Dr Kalaiyarasi is a consultant hepatologist at the Department of Gastroenterology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She completed her fellowship training in hepatology at Addenbrooke’s hospital, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom. She has a special interest in NASH/NAFLD and is involved in trials for the non-invasive diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of NASH. She also actively promotes ACP among Gastro and hepatology patients and is the ACP champion for TTSH Gastro department. She is also an Adjunct Clinical Tutor with Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. She has also published in journals such as the Journal of Hepatology.
Prof Marie BAKITAS
Prof Bakitas is internationally recognized in pain and palliative care science. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. She is disseminating ENABLE for cancer and heart failure patients in the Deep South and Veteran populations. Her research, mentorship and papers have led to important practice changes
Dr Rakhee YASH PAL
Dr Rakhee Yash Pal is a Consultant in the Emergency Medicine Department, National University Hospital, Singapore. She graduated from the National University of Singapore and completed her post-graduate emergency medicine training in Singapore.
She is the Director of Palliative Care services in the NUH Emergency Department and leads the National Workgroup for Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine. She has a keen interest in establishing quality end-of-life care for patients at the ED. Her roles include instituting end-of-life care guidelines, conducting related research and developing educational modules on palliative medicine specifically for emergency department doctors and nurses.
Dr Nicholas CHUA
Dr Nicholas H.L Chua is the immediate-past President of the Pain Association of Singapore after helming it for 2 terms. He completed his Medical and Anesthesiology training in the National University of Singapore and his PhD from the Radboud University in Netherlands. He is currently the Medical Director of Specialist Pain International Clinic in Mt Elizabeth Hospital. Prior to this, he served as the Head of the Acute Pain Service and as a Consultant Anesthesiologist and Pain Specialist in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.
He completed his Fellowship of Interventional Pain Physician (FIPP) accreditation in 2007 by the World Institute of Pain (WIP) in Memphis-Tennessee, United States of America. He is a certified Diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM) and has undergone training and certification in Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST) for Pain Diagnostics in Bochum, Germany. Dr Nicholas Chua completed his Advanced Pain Fellowship with a special focus on Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Pain Management in the University Medical Centre of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. His Ph.D thesis focuses on Chronic Neck Pain and the development of Cervicogenic Headache. He has published and presented a number of original manuscripts in that area and has also reviewed numerous submissions in various journals including The Lancet, Neurosurgery, Neuromodulation, Pain Practice, Annals of Academy of Medicine-Singapore and The Open Pain Journal.
He currently serves as Associate Editor of the journal Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and as an editorial board member in the Journal of Spine and Neurosurgery as well as the World Journal of Anesthesiology. Dr Chua sits on the Examination Board of the Fellowship of Interventional Pain Physicians (WIP) and is a member of several professional organizations including the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, World Institute of Pain (WIP), American Academy of Pain Management (AAPM), Singapore Society of Anaesthesiology. He specializes in Interventional Pain Management for chronic cancer and non-cancer pain.
Dr Sumytra MENON
Dr Sumytra Menon is a Deputy Director at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS. She is Co-Director of the Clinical Ethics Network + Research Ethics Support (CENTRES) initiative, which offers educational activities in clinical and transplant ethics to enhance capabilities in ethics committees work in Singapore. Sumy is a lawyer by training, and her particular research interests are in healthcare decision-making, the law on mental capacity and at the end of life.
Dr Mavis ANG
Dr Mavis Ang joined the Neurology department at the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) in 2010. There, she developed a keen interest in improving the lives of patients with long term neurological conditions. Dr Ang underwent HMDP training at King’s College London in hopes to further Palliative care in Neurology in Singapore.
Dr Noreen CHAN
Dr Noreen Chan obtained her medical training in Singapore, England and Australia, and was Medical Director and CEO of Dover Park Hospice before joining the National University Hospital in 2008, where she is now Senior Consultant and Head of the Division of Palliative Care.
Her other appointments include Chair of the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Training Committee; Co-chair of the Supportive and Palliative Care Sub-Committee of the National Advisory Committee on Cancer Care; member of the National ACP (Advance Care Planning) Steering Committee.
Her interests include the interface between Palliative care and Oncology; clinical decision making and ethical issues at the end of life; Spirituality in healthcare; and Palliative care education at all levels.
Dr Patricia NEO
Dr Neo is currently Senior Consultant/Head at the Division of Palliative Medicine in National Cancer Centre Singapore and Head, SingHealth Supportive and Palliative Care Centre. Her research interests include end-of-life care, quality improvement and service delivery, where she has garnered several grants and awards. She holds teaching appointments of Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and Senior Clinical Lecturer at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. She serves as Chairperson at Singapore Hospice Council and the Clinical Review Committee at HCA Hospice Care.
Dr Mervyn KOH
Dr Mervyn Koh is a Senior Consultant Palliative Care Physician and Geriatrician at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He is also the current Medical Director at Dover Park Hospice and is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. Dr Koh has spent the past 10 years studying about Burnout in Palliative Care. His other research interests include the Integration of Palliative Care into ICU and Emergency Medicine as well as Clinical Communications. He was also the co-editor of ‘The Bedside Palliative Medicine’ Handbook.
In whatever spare time he has, he enjoys going out for meals with his family and following his beloved Liverpool football club.
He will be sharing the findings of his recent paper: Burnout and Resilience After a Decade in Palliative Care: What Survivors Have to Teach Us. A Qualitative Study of Palliative Care Clinicians With More Than 10 Years of Experience.
Dr Andrew LI
Andrew is a respiratory consultant who is currently working at National University Hospital. He has had an interest in drug-induced pneumonitis and has worked together with the oncology department and Dr Felicia Teo in managing this group of patients.
Dr Yiqing HUANG
Dr Huang graduated from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. She received her post graduate training in Internal Medicine and obtained her post-graduate qualification from the Royal College of Physician, United Kingdom. She completed her advanced specialist training in Medical Oncology from the National University Hospital. Her primary interest is in lung and thoracic cancers.
Asst Prof Semra OZDEMIR
Semra Ozdemir is an Assistant Professor at Lien Centre for Palliative Care and the Signature Programme in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School. She obtained her PhD in public health and economics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, USA. Her main research areas are medical decision making and health economics. She is interested in understanding preferences for health services and technologies, and the decision making process between patients, family caregivers and physicians, especially in decisions related to advanced serious illnesses. Her research also focuses on developing interventions and decision aids to help individuals make decisions that align with their preferences and treatment goals. She has developed numerous discrete-choice experiment surveys in a variety of therapeutic areas, and has been developing and testing patient decision aids for older individuals with end-stage kidney disease.
Asst Prof Chetna MALHOTRA
Chetna Malhotra is an Assistant Professor at Lien Centre for Palliative Care and Program in Health Services and Systems Research, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. She is a physician specializing in Public Health and Community Medicine. Her work focuses on conducting health services research in the area of palliative and end-of-life care for patients with advanced serious illnesses including those with advanced cancer, heart failure and dementia, with the goal of improving delivery of palliative care services to these populations. Her research has addressed issues on end of life decision making for patients, caregivers and physicians; implementation of advance care planning; and quality of communication between patients and physicians at the end of life.
Dr Grace YANG
Dr Grace Yang graduated from University of Cambridge in 2005 and obtained MRCP (UK) in 2008. She completed her specialist training in Palliative Medicine in National Cancer Centre in Singapore (NCCS) in January 2014 and joined NCCS, where she is now a Consultant. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore. Alongside clinical work, Dr Grace Yang is also actively pursuing research and is currently involved in projects on spirituality, quality of life and health services research.
Prof Eric A FINKELSTEIN
Prof Finkelstein is Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore and the Executive Director of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care. He also holds appointments at NUS School of Public Health and Duke University Global Health Institute. His research focuses on the economic causes and consequences of health behaviors, with a primary emphasis on the use of traditional and behavioral economic incentives to influence behaviors in ways to improve the public’s health. Recent research also focuses on studies to better understand the complicated decisions that revolve around end of life care. He has published over 250 manuscripts and 2 books in these areas, and also successfully commercialized an Obesity Cost Calculator for employers and insurers. Based on google scholar, he has an h-index of 66 and his publications have been cited over 82,000 times, including in the landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the U.S. Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). He was included in the list of the World's Most Highly Cited Researchers in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Thomson Reuters and Clarivate Analytics.
Ms Jayne LEONG
Jayne is a Principal Medical Social Worker with HCA Hospice Care, providing psychosocial support care to adult patients. She also spearheads the development of the bereavement care programme, HCA CAREs (Connecting and Remembering Experiences with you), aimed at providing continued outreach and care to bereaved families known to HCA Hospice Care. She is a clinical supervisor and provide guidance and mentorship to social workers and interns.
Jayne started off her career in the acute hospital setting working with cancer patients. Thereafter, she spent more than a decade in the community settings holding various portfolios as a palliative care social worker, and developing support programmes promoting cancer survivorship, caregivers’ support and bereavement care.
Jayne attained her Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) with the National University of Singapore and Masters in Social Science (Professional Counselling) with Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her interest lies in palliative and end-of-life care social work, psychosocial oncology and cancer survivorship, as well as grief and bereavement in ambiguous losses.
Ms Jasmine WONG
Jasmine is a social worker with Hua Mei Mobile Clinic, a service under the Tsao Foundation initiative of the Hua Mei Centre for Successful Ageing that delivers care to seniors who are frail and home-bound.
She has been with Hua Mei Mobile Clinic since 2010, and together with her team, work together in caring for the elders who are homebound and journeying through the end of life process. Her social work-related skills such as brokering, linking, negotiating and mediating have enabled her to walk together with the elders and their families through the psychosocial aspects of care.
Jasmine attained her Masters in Social Science (Counselling) from Edith Cowan University. Besides her clinical responsibilities, she is also part of the Hua Mei Training Academy faculty.
Ms Yu Hsuan WANG
Yu Hsuan joined Montfort Care on April 2017 and is currently the Director of Eldercare Services. She works closely with various professionals and community stakeholders on the journey of evolving community social services delivery model. Montfort Care aims to improve the outcome of social work intervention through innovative integrated care delivery.
After her three years of research and development (R&D) assignment with United Way Taiwan, she moved to Singapore and joined the National Council of Social Services (NCSS). Prior to joining Montfort Care, Yu Hsuan worked for Marine Parade Family Service Center for six years and subsequently led a Senior Care Center at Tsao Foundation for two years.
Yu Hsuan received her degree in Social Work in Taiwan and her Masters in Welfare Issues in Social Policy at University of Manchester (UK).
Associate Professor Gerald CHUA
A/Prof Gerald Chua is a Senior Consultant in Internal Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine.
He obtained his Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1999. He was awarded the European Diploma in Intensive Care in 2004. He was elected to Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (2009) and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (2011). He completed training with a clinical fellowship at the Intensive Care Department of the University Medical Centre St Radboud, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
His clinical interest is the integration of care for COPD patients - spanning primary care, specialty care, intensive care & palliative care.
His educational interests are in multi-professional education in acute care, crisis resource management, mechanical ventilation and medical professionalism.
Dr Irene TEO
Dr. Teo’s background is in clinical health psychology and she is trained as a clinician and researcher. She currently does research at the Lien Centre for Palliative Care, Duke-NUS and also spends time working with patients and their families at the National Cancer Centre Singapore. Dr. Teo’s research interests include coping with distress and management of disease symptoms in cancer.
Dr Guo Zhang LEE
Graduated with MBBS from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, in 2009. Completed residency training in Internal Medicine 2013 and senior residency training in Advanced Internal Medicine 2016, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Physician, Masters of Medicine (Internal Medicine) and Specialty Certification Examination in Acute Medicine (UK) in the process.
Clinical interest in Palliative Medicine, especially in the field of non-cancer palliative medicine and currently pursuing subspecialty training in Palliative Medicine, due to complete in 2018.
Dr Chow Wei TOO
Dr Too graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 2003. He subsequently trained in various hospitals in Singapore in the Diagnostic Radiology training program and attained specialisation accreditation in 2012.
He is currently a senior consultant at the Department of Vascular and Interventional Radiology and Director of Interventional Services.
He has keen interest in the realm of Interventional Oncology and palliation, with experience in the ablation of liver, lung, kidney and bone tumours.
Mr Andy SIM
Andy is a Principal Medical Social Worker with the Department of Medical Social Services (MSS) in Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He is the Co-Director, Education for SingHealth Duke-NUS Supportive and Palliative Care Centre (SDSPCC), and faculty of the Lien Centre for Palliative Care (LCPC), Palliative Care Course for Social Workers (PCCSW). Apart from his involvement in supportive and palliative care education, Andy also oversees a team of advance care planning (ACP) coordinators and support staff to spearhead ACP implementation in the hospital. Clinically, Andy is part of the inter-professional care teams at the Isolation Intensive Care Unit Services, as well as the Internal Medicine Supportive and Palliative Care Services (IM SPCS). He is also a core member of the hospital-wide Family Care Team to manage and provide psychosocial and emotional support for brain death cases.
Andy is a Certified Thanatologist (ADEC, USA) and holds a Master of Social Work degree from New York University, USA. He is a Fellow of the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (2012-2014), and Zelda Foster Leadership Programme (2017-2018) in NYU. His interest lies in palliative and end-of-life care, healthcare communication, clinical ethics, person-centred care, and ACP.
Dr Choo Hwee POI
Dr Poi is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Palliative Medicine in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She received her accreditation as a specialist in General Medicine and Palliative Medicine in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Dr Poi has been caring for critically ill patients at the end-of-life and is her department’s clinical lead for integrating palliative care with the ICUs since 2015. She is a Core Clinical Faculty Member of NHG’s Internal Medicine Residency Program and Subspecialty Education Coordinator & Site Director for Palliative care in her hospital’s Residency programme.
Dr Shirlyn NEO
Dr Shirlyn Neo graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2007 and obtained MRCP (UK) and MMed(Internal Med) in 2010. She completed her specialist training in Palliative Medicine in National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) in October 2015 and joined NCCS as an Associate Consultant in November 2015.
Alongside clinical work, Dr Shirlyn Neo is also interested in the education of doctors and nurses. She is actively involved in research activities and these include projects related to dyspnoea, spirituality and health services research.
Dr Mark MUTHIAH
Dr Mark Muthiah is a Consultant specialising in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the National University Hospital, Singapore. He graduated from the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, and did his postgraduate residency training in NUH. He completed his fellowship in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and was certified by the Specialist Accreditation Board of Singapore in 2016.
Dr Muthiah has a keen interest in liver transplants, and is a member of the liver transplant team at the National University Hospital, Singapore. He is also skilled in diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, and is involved in colon cancer screening and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR) of colon polyps.
Dr Muthiah’s research interest is in cellular therapies to reverse liver fibrosis and promote liver regeneration, and is actively involved in basic and translational research on this subject. He is also the principal investigator for ongoing studies in the field of liver cirrhosis and liver transplantation. He has received awards for his research at both regional and international conferences.
Dr Muthiah is actively involved in medical education for undergraduates, postgraduates, dentistry students, and pharmacy students. He has received numerous teaching awards from NUH, as well as the Outstanding Tutor Award from the Medical Student Society at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine.
Dr Juanda Leo HARTONO
Dr Juanda graduated from the University of North Sumatera (Indonesia) and subsequently underwent his internal medicine training (Master of Internal Medicine) at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) from 2004 to 2008. He continued his training in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) from 2008 to 2010 until he joined the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, National University Hospital in 2010.
Dr Juanda obtained Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of United Kingdom (MRCP) (UK) in 2009. He was accredited as a Gastroenterology/Hepatology specialist in 2014 by the Specialty Accreditation Board in Singapore after he underwent Advanced Specialty Training (AST) at NUH, and in the same year, passed the specialty certificate exam in gastroenterology/hepatology adminstered by the Royal College of Physicians UK. His clinical and research interests are inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and general gastroenterology/hepatology. He is also actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and is a core faculty in the Senior residency Programme in Gastroenterology/Hepatology.
Dr Frank TAY
Dr Tay received his MBBS from National University of Singapore and completed his residency and fellowship in rheumatology at National University Hospital. He joined the Division of Rheumatology in 2014 and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2016. Dr Tay’s research focuses on abnormal innate immune responses in systemic lupus erythematosus and is especially interested in the role of neutrophils and platelets in autoimmune diseases. Dr Tay has received the National Medical Research Council Research Training Fellowship to pursue his PhD studies.
Dr Huei Yaw WU
Dr Wu Huei Yaw practises palliative medicine in a hospital-based palliative care service. He has a special interest in non-cancer palliative care and was involved in the set-up of NHG Advanced Care Programme in 2008, the first home palliative care service dedicated to organ failure patients in Singapore. He is currently the clinical lead of Programme IMPACT which provides palliative care to non-cancer patients in the community.
Dr Wen Phei LIM
Wen Phei is a Consultant Psychiatrist with Woodlands Health Campus (WHC). She is currently practising in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, where she first developed her interest and training in palliative psychiatry. She is also a Visiting Consultant to Dover Park Hospice.
Her primary practice is consultation-liaison psychiatry, with a special interest in palliative psychiatry and psycho-oncology. Her clinical work involves working with healthcare professionals in palliative medicine and oncology in acute care services, as well as in hospice and community care. She was awarded the Healthcare Manpower Development Plan in 2019 for her fellowship in the Department of Psychosocial Cancer Care at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
She is the Clinician Lead for the WHC Wellness, Resilience, Care and Engagement (WellCARE) Peer Support Programme, a human resources staff resilience and mental wellness initiative. As a core clinical faculty member for the NHG Internal Medicine Residency, she also advises the programme on managing residents at risk of burnout. Her work as the Assistant Principal Lead in Psychiatry, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University, allows her to be immersed in undergraduate education; she enjoys this role a lot as the optimism of young medical students is a reminder of what gives her work meaning, and serves as her protection against burnout.
She enjoys teaching and is passionately involved in health professions education and qualitative research, and was recently the recipient of the NHG Teaching Award for Senior Doctors.
Sister Geraldine TAN
Sister Geraldine Tan currently heads the overall Senior Management portfolio for St Joseph’s Home, newly located in an increasingly bustling Jurong West, the second largest township in Singapore.
In her role as Executive Director of one of the largest locally established and integrated long-term care facilities, which also offers hospice care, therapy services and an upcoming childcare centre, Sister Geraldine’s focus has never wavered from palliative care. Essentially, her dedication is to help progressively ill patients improve their quality of life. “The emphasis is living well before death, regardless of the prognosis of the medical condition.” Her interests are in encouraging quality of life in advanced illness, care models and pathways, and advocating education in palliative care training. Since 1982, she has been a member of the Canossian Daughters of Charity.
Her dedication is also augmented by extensive knowledge garnered through undergraduate studies in Health Science (majoring in Nursing), ancillary programs in Palliative Care and Clinical Pastoral Care, including Oncology Nursing. She is a trained registered nurse by profession.
In the burgeoning fields of palliative and hospice care, Sister Geraldine continues to play the role as one of change champions for improved standards and progress in healthcare. As Dame Cicely Saunders, nurse, physician, writer, and founder of the modern hospice movement (1918 – 2005) puts it, “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”
Dr Samantha YANG
Dr Yang obtained her medical degree (MBBS) and Masters of Medicine from the National University of Singapore and the Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom [MRCP (UK)]. She received her training in Endocrinology at National University Hospital, Singapore. She then completed a thyroid cancer fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, United States, where she was involved in clinical research and clinical work pertaining to thyroid nodule and thyroid cancer.
Her interests are in the evaluation of patients with thyroid nodules, and the treatment and surveillance of thyroid cancer patients. She is involved in genetic studies for the evaluation of patients with thyroid nodules, and redifferentiation therapy for radioactive iodine-refractory thyroid cancer patients. She also has a keen interest in the treatment of metabolic bone disease.
Dr Han Yee NEO
Dr Neo Han Yee is the Head of Department and senior consultant of Palliative Medicine in Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He obtained his specialist accreditation for Geriatrics Medicine in 2012 and pursued a second specialization in Palliative Medicine. In 2013, he was awarded a Health Manpower Development Plan Award to further his interest in Clinical Ethics in Hawaii. He now serves as the chairman of his hospital’s Clinical Ethics Committee. Dr Neo has a special interest in the palliative care of patients with chronic dyspnea. His research interests include the prognostication of advanced lung diseases and in the palliative rehabilitation of patients with organ failures. In addition, Dr Neo is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, where he teaches Clinical Ethics and Palliative Medicine.
Associate Professor Andy HO
Assoc Prof Andy H.Y. Ho is an award-winning researcher, educator and psychologist who specializes in psychosocial gerontology, arts and creative ageing, palliative and bereavement care, holistic therapies and community empowerment. He is a Board Director of the prestigious International Work Group on Death Dying and Bereavement (IWGDDB), as well as the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). He is also a Fellow in Thanatology and a Marriage and Family Therapist.
Over the past 15 years in full-time academia, Andy has secured over SGD$12 million in competitive grants and efficaciously completed numerous empirical, translational, and participatory action research projects for building and promoting active and compassionate citizenry; particularly in the areas of healthy aging, dignified end-of-life care, psychiatric rehabilitation, medical humanities, art and mindfulness practice. Since joining Nanyang Technological University in November 2015, he has been awarded more than SGD$2.6 million major research grants as Principal Investigator and Co-Principle Investigator from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health, the National Arts Council Singapore, Temasek Foundation, Lien Foundation and other prominent funding bodies.
Leading a large team of researchers, clinicians, and frontline healthcare professionals, Andy has successfully completed the pioneering Evaluation Study of the National Advance Care Programme in Singapore, and the first-ever Landscape Study on The Arts for Ageing Well in Asia. He has also founded a number of innovative and acclaimed psycho-socio-spiritual interventions. These include: Mindful-Compassion Art Therapy (MCAT) for burnout prevention and resilience building among caregivers; Family Dignity Intervention (FDI) for advancing holistic end-of-life care services; Narrative e-Writing Intervention (NeW-I) for augmenting pediatrics palliative and parental bereavement services; and Aspiration and Resilience Through Intergenerational Storytelling and Art-based Narratives (ARTISAN) for citizen empowerment and loneliness alleviation.
Based on this body of work, Andy has produced numerous public health campaigns and short film documentaries; authored over 70 top-tier journal articles, books, chapters and research reports; as well as presented in over 130 keynote, plenary, invited and competitive conference presentations. Andy is the first Asian Recipient of the distinguished ADEC Academic Educator Award, whilst his social and scholarly contributions have been recognized with distinction by academic and professional bodies around the world.
Mr Calvin PANG
Pang is a registered art psychotherapist (ANZACATA). He works with narratives from everyday encounters and had presented his work at international art therapy conferences in Australia and the United Kingdom. He is currently practicing as an art therapist in a hospice setting in Singapore, and is a contributing author for Found Objects in Art Therapy: Materials and Process (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2021) and Arts Therapists in International Practice: Exploring the Behavioural and Neurological Benefits of Therapy (Routledge, forthcoming 2022).
As an art practitioner, he produced his first solo exhibition in Singapore in 2019. His art installations have also been presented in arts and cultural institutions such as Singapore Art Museum, Owl Spot Theatre (Tokyo, Japan), and most recently The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum (Coventry, United Kingdom).
Ms Tammy LIM
Tammy is a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC, USA), currently practices music therapy in palliative care settings and pioneered the Music Therapy Programme at Assisi Hospice in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Art (Music Therapy) and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the United States. Tammy’s work has been featured by Temasek Review 2017, the Straits Times, and Lianhe Zaobao. She is also a Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery (FAMI) and has made GIM therapy and trainings available in Southeast Asia.
Dr Daniel QUAH
Dr Quah is a Consultant at the National Cancer Centre Singapore who has dual specialisation in both Radiation Oncology and Palliative Medicine. He lectures in various institution in the local education arena – teaching across the fraternities of medicine, nursing and allied health, and in both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He has a particularly strong interest in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), an emerging particle therapy technique that can deliver very high doses of radiation with minimal side effect, and has presented in several conferences on BNCT over the past few years. His other areas of interests include prognostication of patients with metastatic disease, multidisciplinary management of patients with spine metastases or cord compression, patient-determined outcomes and the care of adolescent and young adult oncology patients.Dr Quah is a Consultant at the National Cancer Centre Singapore who has dual specialisation in both Radiation Oncology and Palliative Medicine. He lectures in various institution in the local education arena – teaching across the fraternities of medicine, nursing and allied health, and in both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. He has a particularly strong interest in Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT), an emerging particle therapy technique that can deliver very high doses of radiation with minimal side effect, and has presented in several conferences on BNCT over the past few years. His other areas of interests include prognostication of patients with metastatic disease, multidisciplinary management of patients with spine metastases or cord compression, patient-determined outcomes and the care of adolescent and young adult oncology patients.
Prof Siang Yong, TAN, MD, JD
Prof S. Y. Tan, an old boy of St. Pat’s and SJI, was a Colombo Plan Scholar who studied medicine at McGill and Yale. A U.S. board-certified endocrinologist and a licensed attorney, he is currently an Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He founded The St. Francis International Center for Healthcare Ethics in Honolulu, and in 1999, served as a visiting HMDP Expert for Healthcare Ethics in Singapore.
S. Y. has written over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and lectures widely on medical, medicolegal and bioethical topics. He is the author of the textbook “Medical Malpractice in Singapore,” its U.S. counterpart “Medical Malpractice: Understanding the Law, Managing the Risk,” and the 2012 Singapore Halsbury treatise “Medical Negligence and Professional Misconduct.” His current project is entitled “Stamping the Influence from Hippocrates to Watson-Crick,” a philatelic coffee-table book on the history of medicine based on articles published in the Singapore Medical Journal.
Ms Liese GROOT-ALBERTS
Ms Liese Groot-Alberts was born in Fryslan, part of the Netherlands, is living in New Zealand and works internationally as a public and keynote speaker, palliative care educator, presenter of loss, grief and bereavement trainings and clinical supervisor for Healthcare Professionals.
In 1972 her eldest daughter, aged nearly 3, died suddenly 2 days after the birth of her son.
Hope and despair, joy and sorrow!
Out of this life changing experience came her passion for working with healthcare professionals and volunteers in palliative care, death, loss, grief and bereavement.
She had another daughter 2 years later and feels very blessed due to the expansion of the family in the form of 4 grand-daughters, who seem to be her biggest teachers right now.
A/Prof Ying Wei, WANG
Tzu Chi University/ Tzu Chi General Hospital
A/Professor Wang Ying Wei is the Director General in Health Promotion Administration, MOHW Taiwan. He received his MD degree from National Taiwan University and PhD from Tulane University in US. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine in National Taiwan University Hospital. He was the chief in Heart Lotus Hospice in Tzuchi General Hospital, and director in the Department of Medical Humanities, Tzuchi University. He started the first Buddhist hospice programme in East Taiwan since 1996. He was the council member of APHN. He developed many innovative programs for hospice palliative care and medical humanities in Taiwan in the past few years.
Dr Joanne WOLFE
Dr Joanne Wolfe is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Palliative Care in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and the Director of Palliative Care at Boston Children's Hospital (BCH), and is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She holds an MD degree (1990) from Harvard Medical School and an MPH (1998) from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The Pediatric Advanced Care Team (PACT), the palliative care service that she directs, received a 2001 Citation of Honor from the American Hospital Association's Circle of Life Awards program for its innovative approach to caring for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Asst Prof Rachelle BERNACKI
Asst Prof Rachelle Bernacki, MD, MS, is the Director of Quality Initiatives in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernacki is one of the founders as well as the Associate Director of the Serious Illness Care Program at Ariadne Labs, which has developed a standardized approach for ensuring clinicians to conduct discussions about values and goals with seriously ill patients and their families. The Serious Illness Care Program, Vital Talk, and Center to Advance Palliative Care are collaborating to build a robust program that will nationally scale communication, implementation, and training efforts to strengthen health systems; these innovative and comprehensive solutions in serious illness care will have sustained impact. Dr. Bernacki is also the Project Director for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute randomized controlled trial and the integrated Care Management Program, which focuses on high-risk primary care patients. Dr. Bernacki is board certified in Palliative Medicine, Geriatrics, and Internal Medicine and a Fellow of both the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Geriatrics Society.
Dr. Bernacki is the recipient of two Geriatric Academic Career Awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration and is a 2015 Cambia Sojourns Leadership Scholar. Dr. Bernacki received her B.S. from Cornell University, her M.S. from the University of Chicago where she completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Dr Joshua LAKIN
Dr. Lakin attended medical school at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and completed his training in internal medicine and hospice and palliative medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He currently works as an attending palliative care physician on the palliative care consult service, intensive palliative care unit, and KidneyPal teams at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
His innovation and research pursuits center around building and studying scalable models for delivering palliative care, especially high-quality serious illness communication. He teaches at Harvard Medical School and functions as the co-director of the Quality Improvement course for the Harvard Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows.
Dr Sara BOOTH
Dr Booth is now Associate Lecturer at Cambridge University and Hon Physician Emerita to the Breathlessness Intervention Service at Cambridge University NHS Trust. Dr Booth trained in palliative medicine at St Christopher’s Hospice and Sobell House, Oxford, where she was the first senior registrar. She was the first consultant in palliative medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where she founded the palliative care and Breathlessness Intervention Services. The programme of NHS-based research that she initiated continues to this day. Her main research interest is managing the chronic breathlessness of advanced disease, for which she has a global reputation. She is also interested in wellbeing and resilience in chronic and advanced disease and clinical hypnosis. She enjoys teaching, particularly post-graduates. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.
Dr Nicki COHEN
Nicki Cohen, PhD, MT-BC, is emeritus professor, Texas Women's University (TWU), where she taught music therapy from 1992-2020. Her publications include the text, Advanced Methods of Music Therapy Practice (2017) from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, chapters in music therapy textbooks (i.e., Barcelona Press, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and research articles in professional journals such as the Journal of Music Therapy, Music Therapy Perspectives, and the Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery. Her research topics include the effects of singing on speech production for persons with neurogenic communication disorders, graduate music therapy education, vocal considerations in music therapy practice, and the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Dr Cohen is a Fellow and trainer of the Association for Music and Imagery and offers Bonny Method private sessions, training courses, and supervisions. She teaches Bonny Method in Guided Imagery and Music courses for the atlantis institute of consciousness and music. Dr Cohen is a regular presenter at professional conferences, has been invited to lecture on music therapy both in the United States and abroad, and has served as an external examiner for graduate theses from international universities. She is currently a member of the editorial boards for Music Therapy Perspectives, a journal of The American Music Therapy Association, and for The Journal of the Association for Music and Imagery.
Her previous service contributions include membership on the Board of Directors for the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA), Council Coordinator for the AMTA Council on Education and Clinical Training, Chairperson of the AMTA Advisory Board for Education and Training, President of the Association for Music and Imagery (AMI), AND AMI Ethics Chairperson.
Dr Jo HOCKLEY
Jo Hockley trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London in the early 1970s and has worked in specialist palliative care for over 20 years. She has had a passion for disseminating palliative care knowledge within generalist settings. During her career she has set up two hospitalbased palliative care teams (one in London and one in Edinburgh). Since 2000, and as a result of her PhD, Jo has worked exclusively in research and quality improvement initiatives involving the development of palliative care in care homes. In 2008, she set up a Care Home Project Team to reach out to over 100 care homes within which some innovative research projects were undertaken.
Jo has published widely both on the strategic development of hospital-based palliative care teams and palliative care for older people in care homes. She has recently been awarded an OBE for her work to palliative care nursing.
Jo returned to Edinburgh in August 2014 and is currently working in the Usher Institute within the Primary Palliative Care Research Group at the University of Edinburgh undertaking a feasibility study for establishing a teaching/research-based care home in collaboration with health and social care.
Prof Anthony DICKENSON
Tony Dickenson was appointed to the Department of Pharmacology at University College in 1983. He conducted research into the mechanisms of pain and how pain can be controlled in both normal and pathophysiological conditions and how to translate basic science to the patient. Dickenson has supervised more than 20 completed PhD students as well as contributing to undergraduate science and medical teaching. He is a founding and continuing member of the London Pain Consortium, a Wellcome Trust Integrated Physiology Initiative, which funds a group of scientists in London and Oxford studying pain mechanisms and educating young scientists in this field. He has authored more than 330 refereed publications including Science and Nature, edited three books and written many chapters. He has also been quoted in the media and in magazine articles as an expert on pain remediation.
Prof Elizabeth LOBB
Liz Lobb, PhD is Professor of Palliative Care (Allied Health) based at Calvary Health Care Kogarah, and is an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. Professor Lobb obtained her PhD in Psychological Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 2001. She has worked clinically as a bereavement counsellor and educator for 24 years. In addition, as a behavioural scientist, Liz has worked in psycho-oncology and palliative care research for 21 years. She has established national and international research collaborations and pursued independent multi-disciplinary clinical collaborations in oncology, haematology, cancer genetics and palliative care. Professor Lobb’s passion for palliative care and end of life research is motivated by a desire to provide enhanced evidence-based communication and psycho-social care across the cancer continuum from diagnosis, through treatment, remission and survivorship or relapse, palliative care and bereavement support for families and caregivers.
A/Prof Darcy HARRIS
Darcy L. Harris, PhD, FT, is an Associate Professor and the Thanatology Coordinator in the Department of Interdisciplinary Programs at King’s University College at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, where she also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in issues related to change, loss, and transition. She has served on the board of directors of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and is a current member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement. She currently serves on the board of directors for St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ontario and has served as the series editor for the Death, Value, and Meaning Series with Baywood Publishing Company in New York. She has written many articles and book chapters, including Counting our Losses: Reflecting on Change, Loss, and Transition in Everyday Life (2010, Routledge), Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice (2011, Routledge), Principles and Practice of Grief Counseling (2nd edition, 2016, Springer), and the Handbook of Social Justice in Loss and Grief: Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (2016, Routledge).
Prof Robert NEIMEYER
Robert A. Neimeyer, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, where he also maintains an active clinical practice. He also serves as Editor of the Journal of Death Studies, and the Director of the Portland Institute for Loss and Transition, which offers training and certification in grief therapy. The author of nearly 500 articles and book chapters, Professor Neimeyer is currently working to advance a more adequate theory of grieving as a meaning-making process, both in his published work and through his frequent professional workshops for national and international audiences. Professor Neimeyer served as President of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and Chair of the International Work Group for Death, Dying, & Bereavement. In recognition of his contributions, he has been granted the Eminent Faculty Award by the University of Memphis, made a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and given Lifetime Achievement Awards by both the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the International Network on Personal Meaning.
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