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Prof James Donovan Best

Prof James Donovan Best, Board Member, NUHS & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Singapore

Member, NUHS Board

Visiting Professor and Former Dean, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

Professor, University of Melbourne

Professor James Best was the Dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine from 2014 to 2021. A medical graduate of the University of Melbourne in 1972, Prof Best has practised endocrinology in Australia, Hong Kong, the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

He joined the University of Melbourne as deputy head of the Department of Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital after having worked there from 1982 to 1989.

In July 2007, he was appointed head of the Melbourne Medical School, which today is ranked among the top 20 medical schools worldwide by Times Higher Education.

Prof Best has taught extensively during his career, especially on diabetes, metabolism and on the medical interview. The author of over 200 publications, he is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Royal College of Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He has an Honorary MD from St Andrews University and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

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