Dr Cyrus Ho is a general adult psychiatrist, managing psychiatric conditions across the age continuum from adolescence to old age. He is also the clinical lead for the Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) service in the Department of Psychological Medicine. He is interested in interfacing between medicine and psychiatry, complex mood disorders, neuropsychiatry and public mental health.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Dr Ho obtained a Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry from Ireland. He was conferred memberships to the Royal College of Psychiatrists from the United Kingdom and the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland. In addition to being a Fellow of the Singapore Academy of Medicine, he received the International Fellowship from the American Psychiatric Association. With a keen interest in neuroscience, he earned a Master of Science in Research from NUS based on his work on neuroimaging in depressed and chronic pain patients. He was further awarded Distinction in the Master of Science in Applied Neuroscience from King’s College London. He also obtained a doctorate from NUS for his research work on improving the diagnostic accuracy of depression using multimodal biomarkers. He underwent further neuropsychiatry training at the Montreal Neurological Hospital in Canada and the Royal Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Unit in Australia under the MOH Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) award, where he enhanced his expertise in the diagnosis and management of patients with complex neurological and psychiatric needs.
Being an avid researcher, Dr Ho has published more than 320 academic papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including The Lancet, JAMA Pediatrics, Annals of Internal Medicine, Autoimmunity Reviews and Brain, Behavior and Immunity. He is also the Associate Editor for the British Journal of Psychiatry and the Frontiers in Psychiatry. Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) has recognised him as one of the Most Highly Cited and Influential Researchers in the World for his contributions to cross-field research in 2021 and 2022.
He teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He currently serves as the NUS Psychiatry Undergraduate Education Director and is the examiner for the postgraduate clinical examination conducted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. His recognition in education is exemplified by the several teaching awards that he has received, such as the NUS Annual Digital Education Award, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Digital Education Award, Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence and Junior Doctor Teaching Award. He has co-authored four postgraduate guidebooks published by Taylor and Francis and the Mastering Psychiatry Textbook, a popular reference book used by Singapore medical students during their clinical postings.
Always interested in pushing the boundaries of research to effect innovative healthcare, Dr Ho welcomes clinical and research collaboration locally and internationally.