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Assoc Prof Yeo Cheo Lian

Assoc Prof Yeo Cheo Lian

​MBBS, M Med (Paeds), FAMS

Senior Consultant

Specialty: Neonatal & Developmental Medicine

Sub-specialties: Neonatology, Developmental Paeds

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Ambulatory Paediatrics, Developmental Paediatrics, Neonatology.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Neonatal and Developmental Medicine Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Visiting Senior Consultant Department of Child Development KK Women's and Children's HospitalKK Women's and Children's Hospital

Academic Appointments

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Yong Loo Ling School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
  • Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore
  • Core Faculty, SingHealth Paediatric Residency


Assoc Prof Yeo Cheo Lian, an accredited specialist in the care of newborns, is Senior Consultant Paediatrician and immediate past Head of Department for the Department of Neonatal and Developmental Medicine. 
She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Associate Professor with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore and visiting Senior Consultant to the Department of Child Development, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital.

She sees newborns and children with health, developmental and behavioural problems. Dr Yeo has wide experience in the care of preterm infants and follow-up management of infants. A strong advocate of family and patient centered care, Dr Yeo introduced the service of virtual visitation to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Singapore General Hospital.


Dr Yeo Cheo Lian graduated from the University of Singapore in 1982 and obtained her M.Med (Paediatrics) in 1988, admitted as Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 1993.

She received her training in Neonatology and Developmental Paediatrics at The Mater Mother’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia and The State Child Health and Development Centre, Perth, Australia respectively in 1991.

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • ​Clinical Associate Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore 
  • Senior Consultant, Department of Child Development, KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital


  • Hospital Service Quality Awards                                                                          
  • Best Free Oral Paper at SGH 12th Annual Scientific Meeting – Transcutaneous Bilirubinometry: Non-invasive Bilirubin Estimation in an Asian Population
  • Best Singhealth Clinical Process Improvement Project (CPIP) Award –Reducing Incidence of Hypothermia in Newborn babies by 60% In 6 Months Time
  • Best Clinical Poster Award at SGH 18th Annual Scientific Meeting – Normal Values for Mitral and Tricuspid Annulus in Term Newborn Infants: An Echocardiographic Study
  • Permantle Journal Poster Award for Original Research in Service Quality Institute for Healthcare Improvement (HI) 19th Annual National Forum, Orlando, Florida – Early Discharge Program for Premature Infants 

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of neurological behavior in late preterm newborns using the Hammersmith Neurological Examination (HNE) tool - 2016
  • Pharmacokinetics of  Intravenous and Oral Ibuprofen for Treatment of Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Preterm Infants - 2017
  • Validity of Parent-reported ASQ-3 in assessing the Developmental outcome of preterm infants - 2017
  • Effectiveness of deliberate, distributed practice using e-simulation on the retention of knowledge and technical skills following attendance of structured neonatal resuscitation training - 2017


  • Yeo Cheo Lian, Biswas Agnihotri, Ee Teong Tai, Kenny, Chinnadurai Amutha, Baral Vijayendra Ranjan, Chang Shang Ming, Alvin, Ereno Imelda Lustestica, Ho Kah Ying, Selina, Poon Woei Bing, Shah Varsha Atul, Quek Bin Huey.  Singapore Neonatal Resuscitation Guidelines 2016. Singapore Med J 2017; 58(7): 391-403. doi: 10.11622/smedj.2017066.
  • Sim Ming Ann, Leow Syen Yee, Hao Ying, Yeo Cheo Lian. A Practical Comparison of Temporal Artery Thermometry and Axillary Thermometry in Neonates under Different Environments. Journals of Paediatrics and Child Health 2016;5:391-6. Dol:10.1111/pc13107.
  • Woei Bing Poon, Stephanie MC Fook-Chong, Grace YL Ler, Zhi Wen Loh, Cheo Lian Yeo. Creation and Validation of the Singapore Birth Nomograms (SBN) for Birthweight, Length and Head Circumference based on a 12 years Birth Cohort, Ann Acad Med Singapore 2014;43:296-304.
  • Masitah Ibrahim, Ho Kah Ying Selina, Yeo Cheo Lian. Restrictive versus Liberal Red Blood Cell Transfusion Thresholds in Very Low Birth Weight Infants: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Paediatr Child Health. 2013 Oct 9. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12409
  • Woei Bing Poon, Selina KY Ho, Cheo Lian Yeo. Short- and Long-Term Outcomes at 2, 5 and 8 Years Old for Neonates at Borderline Viability—An 11-Year Experience, Annals Acad of Med, January 2013, Vol. 42 No. 1
  • Yeo Cheo Lian, Author and Editor of book titled ‘Empowering Parents with Preterm Babies’, 2012.
  • Wee Bin Lian, Selina Kah Ying Ho,, Sylvia Hean Tean Choo,, Varsha Atul Shah, Daisy Kwai Lin Chan, Cheo Lian Yeo ,Lai Yun Ho. Children with developmental and behavioural concerns in Singapore. Singapore Med J. 2012 Jul;53(7):439-45
  • Carolin Jeyanthi Joseph, Wee Bin Lian, Cheo Lian Yeo, Nosocomial infections (late onset sepsis) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Proceedings of Singapore Healthcare, Volume 21, Number 4, 2012.
  • Tan, Mary Grace S. and Yeo, Cheo Lian. Enterovirsu outbreak among preterm infants in Singapore General Hospital: Level II nursery. Journal of Clinical Medicine and Research 2012; 4(1): 17-22. DOI: 10.5897/JCMR11.068
  • Koh Jeremy, Yeo CL, Wright Ian, Lui Kei, Saugstad Ola, Mordi WT, Oei JL. The use of    oxygen for delivery room resuscitation of newborn infants in non-western countries. Early Human Development 2012;
  • Yeo CL, Ho Selian KY, Khong KC, Lau, YY. Virtual Visitation in Neonatal Intensive Care- Experience with the Use of Internet and Telemedicine in a Tertiary Neonatal Unit. The Permanente Journal, Summer 2011,15(3): 32-6.
  • Ling ZJ, Lian WB, Ho SKY, Yeo CL. Parental knowledge of Prematurity and related issues. SMJ 2009;50(3):270-77
  • Yeo CL, Ho SKY, Cheong CP, Tay YY. Early Discharge Study for Premature Infants: Singapore General Hospital. The Permanente Journal 2008, 12(4):15-18.
  • CL Yeo, C Chan. Motor Development of Very Low Birth Weight Infants with Chronic Lung Disease - A comparative study. Annals Academy of Medicine, Singapore (2005) 34(7), 411-6.
  • VA Shah, CL Yeo, YLF Ling, LY Ho. Incidence, Risk Factors of Retinopathy of Prematurity Among very Low Birth Weight Infants in Singapore. Annals Academy of Medicine, Singapore (2005) 34(2), 169-78.
  • CL Yeo, S Choo, LY Ho. Effect of Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on transfusion needs in preterm infants. Journal of Paediatric and Child Health (2001) 37, 352-58.
  • CL Yeo, D Chan, LY Ho, PL Tan. Effectiveness of Normal Saline in the Treatment of Hypotension in VLBW infants. Singapore Paediatric Journal (2000) 42, 4: 175 - 179.
  • CL Yeo, S Choo, LY Ho. Chronic Lung Disease in Very Low Birth Weight Infants: A Five- Year Review. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health (1997) 33, 102 – 107
  • CL Yeo, LY Ho. Clinical factors associated with adverse outcome in babies weighing less than 1500 grams. Published in Singapore Paediatric Journal, March 1996.
  • CL Yeo, PH Gray. Inguinal hernia in extremely preterm infants. Journal of Paediatric & Child Health (1994) 30, 412 - 413.
  • CL Yeo, DI Tudehope. Outcome of resuscitated apparently stillborn infants: A Ten-Year review. Journal of Paediatric & Child Health (1994) 30, 129 - 133.

Research Trials