Dato’ Dr Tan Kai Chah
D.P.M.P., MBBS (MAL), FRCS (EDIN), FAMS
Clinical interest: Hepatobiliary/Liver Transplant
Dato’ Dr Tan Kai Chah, a renowned liver surgeon/specialist specialising in liver transplants, graduated from the University of Malaya, in 1978 and obtained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1982. From 1984 to 1987, he obtained advanced training in paediatric surgery in Manchester and Southampton, UK, and further training in paediatric hepatobiliary and liver transplant surgery at King’s College Hospital, London. Dr Tan was appointed Consultant Surgeon and Teacher in Surgery at the University of London from 1988 to 1994.
Pioneering various liver transplant procedures in the UK for both adults and paediatric patients, from the first ‘split-liver’ transplant, the first auxiliary liver graft to five combined liver-kidney and one combined heart-liver transplants, Dr Tan has received many accolades from his peers, patients and their families alike.
With more than 400 liver transplant procedures in the UK under his belt, Dr Tan set up his practice, the Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT), in Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore in 1994. Dr Tan was also served as the Director of the Liver Transplant Programme, National University Hospital, Singapore from 1995 to 2002.
With Dr Tan at the helm, ACLDT achieved historical milestones as the first private medical centre in South-east Asia to have successfully performed 200 living donor liver transplants (LDLT) in 2012 . ACLDT was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2009.
ACLDT was re-branded as “Asian American Liver Centre” in 2013, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Asian American Medical Group.
A visionary, Dr Tan’s skill in LDLT has seen many patients enjoy a new lease of life.
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Dr Lee Kang Hoe
MA (UK), MBBChir (UK), MRCP (UK), FRCP (EDIN), FAMS (SIN), EDIC (EUR)
Clinical interest: Critical Care & Liver Transplant
Dr Lee Kang Hoe graduated from University of Cambridge, UK. He was a scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge and a recipient of the Duckworth Prize. He also received support from Kuok Foundation, Malaysia for his medical studies. Dr Lee interned with Professor Sir Roy Calne at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and finished his general medicine training at Cambridge before coming to Singapore. In 1990, he joined the Department of Medicine at the National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. Dr Lee completed his Fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in USA from 1993 to 1995, and was awarded Fellow of the Year in 1994. From 1994 to 1995, Dr Lee performed research with Professor Michael Pinsky at UPMC on acute lung injury.
On his return to Singapore, Dr Lee crossed over to the National University of Singapore (NUS) as a Lecturer in Medicine and was promoted to Associate Professor. He was also the Medical Director of the ICU at NUH, where he started the liver dialysis programme in 2000.
Dr Lee was with NUS until 2005 when he joined Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore as Director of ICU. Since then, he has been working together with the Asian Centre for Liver Diseases & Transplantation (ACLDT), now known as Asian American Liver Centre. Dr Lee has expanded the liver dialysis programme to include other devices, and also helped set up the dedicated liver ICU where he has been active in the management of liver failure and liver transplant patients.
Dr Lee was one of the founding members of the Society of Intensive Care Medicine and was a member of the Specialist Training Committee for Intensive Care Medicine and Respiratory Medicine.
He has published extensively in the critical care and liver transplant areas, and he has also been involved in various research protocols together with scientists at NUS and A*STAR in Singapore.
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