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Prof Chong Yap Seng

Prof Chong Yap Seng, Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

Lien Ying Chow Professor in Medicine
Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS

Prof Chong Yap Seng has been the Dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS), since 1 January 2019. He is also the Executive Director of the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) since 2015. As a respected clinician and researcher with a profound interest in women’s health and early development, he is the Lead Principal Investigator of the National Research Foundation Translational and Clinical Research Flagship Programme on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Prof Chong is also a Senior Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the National University Hospital (NUH), and a member of the Executive Group of the National University Health System (NUHS) as well as a board member of the National Medical Research Council.

Prof Chong has well over 300 peer-reviewed research publications, including papers in The Lancet, JAMA, and BMJ covering topics like the genetic epidemiology of pregnancy-related disorders, intrapartum and postpartum management, natural childbirth, strategies to promote breastfeeding, and the developmental origins of health and disease. He has formed multiple academic and industry collaborations with a particular focus in the area of early human development and nutrition, with research grant funding of more than $100 million. For his efforts, Prof Chong was awarded the National Outstanding Clinician Scientist Award by Singapore’s Ministry of Health in 2017.

Prior to his appointment as the Dean of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Prof Chong was Vice-Dean (Academic Medicine) in which he supports the school on the strategic recruitment of top faculty, development of research collaborations within the university and its external partners, as well as the promotion of academic medicine. He led the school’s Medical Education Unit from 2004 to 2014 and his contributions to medical education have been recognised by university and national awards.


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