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Clin Assoc Prof Phua Ghee Chee

Clin Assoc Prof Phua Ghee Chee


Senior Consultant

Deputy CEO (Hospital Experience), SGH

Singapore General Hospital

Specialty: Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine

Sub-specialties: Pulmonary Vascular Disease, Lung Transplantation, Intensive Care Medicine

Conditions Treated by this Doctor:
Advanced Lung Disease, Intensive Care Medicine, Lung Transplant, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Pulmonary Hypertension.

Clinical Appointments

  • Senior Consultant Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine Singapore General HospitalSingapore General Hospital
  • Medical Director, Lung Transplant Programme and Senior Consultant SingHealth Duke-NUS Transplant Centre
  • Director, Postgraduate Education, SingHealth Duke-NUS Medicine Academic Clinical Program SingHealthSingHealth

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Duke-NUS Medical School


Dr Phua is a Senior Consultant with the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine at the Singapore General Hospital, which is the national tertiary and quaternary referral centre in Singapore. The department provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art clinical care to patients with complex pulmonary and critical-care conditions.

He obtained his medical degree from the National University of Singapore in 1997, and completed his postgraduate training at the Singapore General Hospital and Duke University Medical Centre in USA. His key interests are in Intensive Care Medicine, Advanced Lung Disease, Lung Transplantation, Pulmonary Hypertension and Medical Education. He serves in a number of hospital and national committees leading the field of Respiratory Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine and Medical Education.


Educational Qualifications

  • MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery, S'pore 1997
  • MRCP(UK), Member of the Royal College of Physicians, 2002
  • MMED, Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine), S'pore 2002
  • EDIC, European Diploma of Intensive Care, 2009
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management and Leadership, S'pore 2013

Certifications and Licensure

  • Specialist Accreditation in Respiratory Medicine, S'pore
  • Specialist Accreditation in Intensive Care Medicine, S'pore
  • Specialist Accreditation in Internal Medicine, S'pore

Professional Appointments and Committee Memberships

  • Chairperson, Chapter of Respiratory Physicians, College of Physicians
  • Chairperson, SGH Campus ICU Committee
  • Lead, Future Inpatient Journey Workgroup, SGH
  • National ICU Committee (COVID-19), MOH
  • National ECMO Advisory Workgroup, MOH
  • Pneumonia Value Based Care Workgroup, MOH
  • Respiratory Medicine, Residency Advisory Committee
  • Intensive Care Medicine, Specialty Training Committee
  • Research Peak Workgroup (Resuscitation and Outcome Data Science) SGH
  • Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program Singhealth (2013-2017)
  • Executive Committee, Singapore Thoracic Society (2017-2019)


  • 20 years Long Service Award, 2019
  • Singapore Health Quality Service Gold Award, 2019
  • Dean's Special Recognition Award (YLLSoM), 2017
  • Singhealth Distinguished Young Leader Award, 2013
  • EXSA (Excellent Service Award), Silver 2009, Gold 2010
  • "Service-with-a-Heart" Service Quality Award, 2005, 2009, 2011
  • Outstanding Educator Award (Singhealth Residency), 2011, 2012
  • Outstanding Faculty Award (Duke-NUS), 2010-2014
  • Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence (YLLSoM), 2011-2012
  • Gordon A Ransome Gold Medal (Internal Medicine), 2002
  • Courage Medal (SARS), 2003

Research Interests


  1. Preparing your intensive care unit for the COVID-19 pandemic: practical considerations and
    strategies. Crit Care. 2020
  2. Triage of ICU Resources in a Pandemic Surge: Good Ethics depends on Good Data. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2020
  3. Rapid Progression to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Review of Current Understanding of Critical Illness from COVID-19 Infection. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2020
  4. Early prediction of high flow nasal cannula therapy outcomes using a modified ROX index incorporating heart rate. J Intensive Care. 2020
  5. Respiratory surveillance wards as a strategy to reduce nosocomial transmission of COVID-19 through early detection: The experience of a tertiary-care hospital in Singapore. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020
  6. Practical Considerations for solid organ transplantation during the Coronavirus-2019 (COVID-19) global outbreak – The experience from Singapore. Transplantation Direct 2020
  7. Potential role of statins in COVID-19. Int J Infect Dis. 2020
  8. Clinical Updates on the Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension. Ann Acad Med Singapore. 2020
  9. Evaluating the educational environment in a Singaporean residency programme: can we help reduce burnout rates? SMJ 2019
  10. Using the Postgraduate Hospital Educational Environment Measure to Identify Areas for Improvement in a Singaporean Residency Program. Journal of graduate medical education 2019
  11. Resident research: why some do and others don't. Singapore Med J. 2017
  12. ICU procedures of the critically ill. Respirology. 2009
  13. Mechanical ventilation in an airborne epidemic. Clin Chest Med. 2008
  14. Inhaled corticosteroids in obstructive airway disease. Respir Care. 2007

Research Trials