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Dr Lenard Cheng

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  • Consultant, Emergency Medicine Department, National University Hospital
  • Consultant, Emergency Medicine Department, Alexandra Hospital




Emergency Medicine

Clinical Disciplines/Programmes:

FAST Programme (Get Better)

Special Interests:

Disaster Medicine


Dr Lenard Cheng is an Emergency Medicine specialist. He graduated with his medical degree from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, completed Emergency Medicine residency training in NUHS, and earned his Master of Science in Disaster Medicine from Università del Piemonte Orientale and Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan scholarship from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and completed a fellowship in Disaster Medicine with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, USA. 

He coordinates disaster response at multiple levels. Locally, he is an assistant commander in MOH Disaster Site Medical Command charged with managing national civil emergencies. He also directs humanitarian disaster relief and plans emergency preparedness for National University Hospital. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal for setting up and directing two national alternative care facilities as part of Singapore's COVID-19 response (F1 CTF, Chia Ping CCF).

Internationally, he is part of the expert working group supporting the ASEAN Regional Capacity on Disaster Health Management. He authored a chapter in its inaugural training module on international collaborative disaster response, describing the standards and guidelines for international medical teams. 

Medical technology is a complementary area of interest and expertise for Lenard. He completed a biodesign course under Harvard HealthTech, and has been the invited speaker at numerous international Emergency and Disaster Medicine conferences, on the topic of technology. He also advises overseas and local engineering and computing industry partners on the many stages of medical innovation from refining needs, identifying and connecting stakeholders, to concept generation and prototyping. 

Dr Cheng is continually looking out for international collaborations for projects, missions, or research on the subtopics within Disaster Medicine: simulation and technology, humanitarian aid, community preparedness, and counterterrorism.


  • 2022 - The Public Administration Medal (Bronze), Prime Minister's Office Singapore
  • 2020 - Special Recognition Award, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
  • 2019 - Outstanding Teacher Award, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Journals & Publications

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  1. Cheng L, Hertelendy AJ, Hart A, Law LS, Hata R, Nouaime G, Issa F, Echeverri L, Voskanyan A, Ciottone GR. Factors associated with international humanitarian aid appeal for disasters from 1995 to 2015: A retrospective database study. PLoS One. 2023 Jun 1;18(6):e0286472.
  2. Tin D, Cheng L, Hata R, Hertelendy AJ, Hart A, Ciottone G. Descriptive Analysis of the Healthcare Aspects of Industrial Disasters Around the World. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2023 May 2;17:e400.
  3. Tin D, Cheng L, Shin HJ, Hata R, Granholm F, Braitberg G, Ciottone G. A Descriptive Analysis of the Use of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons by Violent Non-State Actors and the Modern-Day Environment of Threat. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2023 Apr 27;1-6.
  4. Yeoh CK, Cheng L, Low JWM. Woman with chest pain and dyspnea. Ann Emerg Med. 2023 Feb;81(2):144-164.
  5. Hata R, Hart A, Hertelendy A, Tin D, Taubman C, Cheng L, Ciottone G. Terrorist Attacks in Sub-Saharan Africa from 1970 through 2020: Analysis and Impact from a Counter-Terrorism Medicine Perspective. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2023 Apr;38(2):216-222.
  6. Cheng L, Ng WM, Lin Z, Law LSC, Yong L, Liew YST, Yeoh CK, Mathews I, Chor WPD, Kuan WS. Factors reducing inappropriate attendances to emergency departments before and during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multicentre study. Ann Acad Med Singap. 2021 Nov;50(11):818-826.
  7. Chor WPD, Ng WM, Cheng L, Situ W, Chong JW, Ng LYA, Mok PL, Yau YW, Lin Z. Burnout amongst emergency healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A multi-center study. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Oct 24;46:700–2.
  8. Ibrahim I, Kuan WS, Yau YW, Chua MT, Lin Z, Cheng L, Zheng Q, Shi L, Samuel M, Souza NNA, Chan ESY. Different rate‐controlling agents for the management of atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular rate in the emergency department: a network meta‐analysis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD013642.
  9. Cheng L, Sim TB, Kuan WS. Noninvasive ventilation as a temporizing measure in critical fixed central airway obstruction: a case report. J Emerg Med. 2018 May; 54(5): 615-618
  10. Wee LE, Yong YZ, Chng MW, Chew SH, Cheng L, Chua QH, Yek JJ, Lau LJ, Anand P, Hoe JT, Shen HM, Koh GC. Individual and area-level socioeconomic status and their association with depression amongst community-dwelling elderly in Singapore. Aging Ment Health. 2014 Jul;18(5):628-641.

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