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 Leadership Succession at Singapore General Hospital and KK Women's and Children's Hospital

13 Apr 2017

SingHealth today announced key leadership changes which will take effect from 1 May 2017.

Professor Ang Chong Lye, Chief Executive Officer of Singapore General Hospital (SGH) since 2008, will pass the leadership baton to Professor Kenneth Kwek, currently Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SGH and Chief Executive Officer of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH).

Professor Kwek, will relinquish his role as CEO of KKH and hand over the reins to Professor Alex Sia who is currently Chairman, Medical Board of KKH. Associate Professor Ng Kee Chong will be appointed as the new Chairman, Medical Board of KKH.   

“We are very thankful to Chong Lye for his sterling leadership at SGH. His strong sense of duty and deep engagement with staff has been key to SGH’s success. His wealth of experience is valuable to us and he will continue in his role as Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Clinical Services and Informatics) at SingHealth,” said Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth.

Leadership Succession at Singapore General Hospital

During his nine year tenure as CEO of SGH, Professor Ang Chong Lye made his mark as a well-respected and visionary clinician-leader who transformed the hospital’s clinical services, research and education. A champion of health informatics and analytics, Professor Ang spearheaded numerous IT initiatives to enhance the hospital’s integration, safety and operational efficiency.

From his early days as an ophthalmologist at Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) to his tenure as Medical Director of SNEC, followed by appointment as CEO of SGH in 2008, Professor Ang has upheld a continuous focus on patient care delivery and service innovation.

Professor Ang will relinquish his position as CEO of SGH on 1 May 2017. He continues to hold the appointment of Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Clinical Services and Informatics) at SingHealth.

Succeeding Professor Ang as CEO of SGH is Professor Kenneth Kwek, an experienced clinician-leader who inspires many with his humility and strong commitment to patient care.  Having built his career over the course of three decades at KKH, Professor Kwek has held several key leadership positions, including Chairman, Medical Board of KKH, Duke-NUS Senior Associate Dean, KKH Campus, and CEO of KKH.

Under his astute leadership, KKH strengthened its position as the region’s top women’s and children’s hospital and received numerous accolades for quality care and innovation.

In his new role as CEO of SGH, Professor Kwek will build on the strong foundation and steer SGH’s infrastructure and care delivery transformation to ensure the flagship hospital is future-ready and achieves best-in-class healthcare practices.

Leadership Succession at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital  

Professor Alex Sia will succeed Professor Kwek as CEO of KKH. As Chairman, Medical Board of KKH since 2012, he steered the hospital to lead in many areas of healthcare for women and children.

In addition to serving as Chairman, Medical Board of KKH, Professor Sia served as Deputy Group Chairman, Medical Board for SingHealth, championing excellence in clinical service, teaching and research across the cluster. He will relinquish this role on 1 May 2017 as he takes up the mantle as CEO of KKH.

In his new role as CEO of KKH, Professor Sia will further advance the hospital’s mission as the top tertiary referral centre for women and children. He will also strengthen the hospital’s academic medicine culture by deepening endeavours in research and education to improve patient care.
 
Succeeding Professor Sia as the new Chairman, Medical Board of KKH, is Associate Professor Ng Kee Chong who is currently Chairman, Division of Medicine of KKH.

“Kenneth, Alex and Kee Chong have distinguished themselves as effective clinician-leaders with strong values and deep commitment to patient care, research and education. I am confident in their leadership to take SGH and KKH on their next phase of growth and transformation,” said Professor Ivy Ng, Group Chief Executive Officer, SingHealth.

For media enquiries and interviews, please contact:

SingHealth Group Communications
Ms Chio Shu Yu
Direct line: 6377 8040
Mobile: 9710 1701
E: chio.shu.yu@singhealth.com.sg

 


 

Professor Ang Chong Lye (洪聪来教授)

Deputy Group CEO (Clinical Services & Informatics), SingHealth

Prof Ang Chong Lye graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Singapore in 1979. He pursued specialty training in Ophthalmology at the Singapore General Hospital and received the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow, (Ophthalmology) in 1985.

He was awarded a Ministry of Health (Singapore) fellowship in post-graduate training (1989-90) at the Lion’s Eye Institute, Western Australia in the sub-specialty of diseases of the Vitreous and Retina. In 2001, Prof Ang was conferred the Fellowship ad hominem – the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh and the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) Outstanding Award in recognition of his work in prevention of blindness.
 
With the setting up of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), Prof Ang was appointed as clinical faculty from 1991 onwards. Prof Ang was head of the Vitreo-retinal service, SNEC till the year 2000. Prof Ang was appointed Director, Singapore National Eye Centre from 2000 to 2008. His clinical practice is in SNEC.

In 2008, Prof Ang was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore General Hospital. He concurrently holds the appointment of Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer (Clinical Services & Informatics) in Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd.

 

Professor Kenneth Kwek (郭永强教授)

Chief Executive Officer, SGH (with effect from 1 May 2017)

Prof Kenneth Kwek graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 1989. He pursued specialty training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and received the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Membership of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Master of Medicine (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) in 1995. He earned his Master in Business Administration in 2012 from Singapore Management University.

He was awarded a Ministry of Health (Singapore) HMDP fellowship (1998-1999) to train in Maternal Fetal Medicine in Newcastle, Australia. In 2003, he was a recipient of the Benjamin Henry Sheares Gold Medal Memorial Lectureship Award in recognition of his research and contributions to the advancement of maternal and fetal health.

Prof Kwek has held several key appointments in KKH. From 2005 to 2009, he was Head of the Peripartum Unit, advancing research into perinatal care, with a focus on pre-eclampsia, preterm delivery, post-partum haemorrhage and obstetric emergencies. He was the Deputy Chairman of the Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology between 2008 and 2009.

In 2009, he was appointed Chairman Medical Board at KKH, a position held until 2012; he was also Senior Associate Dean, SingHealth and Duke-NUS Office of Academic Medicine, from 2010 to 2012. Prof Kwek was appointed Chief Executive Officer of KKH in 2012. He is also a board member of the Health Promotion Board as well as a member of the NurtureSG Taskforce and the Healthcare Tripartite Committee for Workforce Innovation and Productivity (HTC). Between 2010 and 2016, Prof Kwek was a member of the Specialist Accreditation Board, Ministry of Health, as well as Chairman of the Residency Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2013.

Since 2012, Prof Kwek has been an Adjunct Professor with the Duke-NUS Medical School and the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

In 2016, Prof Kwek was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Singapore General Hospital.

 

Professor Alex Sia (谢忠兴教授)

Chief Executive Officer, KKH (with effect from 1 May 2017)

Prof Alex Sia graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 1989. He pursued specialty training in Anaesthesia at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) and Singapore General Hospital and obtained a Master of Medicine in Anaesthesia, in 1994. He earned his Master in Business Administration in 2015 from Singapore Management University, under the Ministry of Health Holdings Hospital Administration Scholarship Scheme.

Prof Sia was appointed Director, KK Research Centre, from 2009 to 2013, and assumed the role of Chairman, Medical Board, KKH, from 2012. 

He is Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. Since 2013, Prof Sia has been Clinical Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor, Engineering Design & Innovation Centre, National University of Singapore.

Trained in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Prof Sia is concurrently Senior Consultant in the Department of Women’s Anaesthesia, KKH.

Prof Sia’s pursuit of advancement in the safety and reliability of patient care includes the development of closed-loop, automated and computer integrated administration of medications. He has filed three patent applications in this area of healthcare development and advancement. He is also involved in research into the pharmacogenomics of pain, particularly in relation to the use of opioids.

In 2016, Prof Sia was appointed Deputy Group Chairman, Medical Board of Singapore Health Services Pte Ltd.

 

Associate Professor Ng Kee Chong (黄继统教授)

Chairman, Medical Board, KKH (with effect from 1 May 2017)

Assoc Prof Ng Kee Chong graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, National University of Singapore in 1989. He pursued specialty training in Paediatrics and joined KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) in 1997. He was awarded a Ministry of Health (Singapore) fellowship in post-graduate training (1998-1999) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Ontario, in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. He earned his Master in Business Administration in 2015 from Singapore Management University.

Assoc Prof Ng was Chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) from 1997 to 2016, leading the hospital’s disaster response following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. 

He was Head of the Children’s Emergency at KKH from 2005 to 2016, and co-chair of the Ministry Of Health Toxicology Clinical Practice Guidelines Workgroup from 2009 to 2011. With the setting up of the Paediatrics SingHealth Academic Clinical Programme (PAEDS ACP), Assoc Prof Ng was appointed as Chairman from 2011. Assoc Prof Ng was also appointed Chairman, Division of Medicine, KKH, from 2012, and Campus Director of KKH Medical Innovation & Care Transformation, in 2015.

Assoc Prof Ng is a member of the Ministry of Health National Trauma Committee, the National Resuscitation Council (NRC) and Chairman of the Paediatric Life Support Subcommittee, NRC. He was appointed to the pro tem committee of the Singapore Resuscitation & First Aid Council (SRFAC) in 2016, and is a member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) Pediatrics Taskforce.

Assoc Prof Ng is Adjunct Associate Professor with the Duke-NUS Medical School and Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is also a member of the Duke-NUS Medical School Admissions Committee and a council member of the College of Paediatrics & Child Health, Singapore.

 

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