Biography

Dr Dinesh Khanna
Professor of Medicine and Director,
University of Michigan Scleroderma Program,
USA

Dr Dinesh Khanna, MD, MSc, is a Professor of Medicine and Director of the University of Michigan Scleroderma Program. Dr Khanna has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Aside from his role as a Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health and industry-sponsored clinical studies, Dr Khanna also serves as a reviewer for several professional journals, society committees and training programs, and grant applications. His current research focuses on developing, validating, and refining outcome measures in rheumatic diseases and designing controlled trials. He is leading the development of patient reported outcome measures in rheumatic diseases and developing composite response index for clinical trials in scleroderma; both projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health. He received the 2011 "Doctor of the Year" award from the Scleroderma Foundation and 2015 Henry Kunkel Young Investigator Award from the American College of Rheumatology.


Prof Ingrid Lundberg
Rheumatology Unit,
Department of Medicine, Solna,
Karolinska Institutet,
and Karolinska University Hospital,
Stockholm, Sweden

Prof Ingrid Lundberg completed her medical education at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden in 1977. Her rheumatology residency was completed at Skövde hospital and Huddinge University Hospital, Stockholm. In parallel with clinical rheumatology service at Huddinge University Hospital, she completed her PhD with the title ”Clinical and immunological studies of patients with anti-RNP antibodies” at Karolinska Institutet in 1991. After her PhD she spent one year as a post doc at the neuromuscular laboratory, Mayo Clinic, Rochester under Dr Andrew Engel to learn more about muscle histopathology and new techniques to study molecular expression in muscle tissue. In 1998 she was appointed associate professor in rheumatology and since 2003 she is full professor in rheumatology at Karolinska Institutet combined with a position as senior consultant at Karolinska University hospital. Dr. Lundberg spends 1/3 of her time in research, 1/3 with education and 1/3 with clinical work. Since 2012 she is chair of the Rheumatology Unit, Department of Medicine, Solna, Karolinska Institutet.

After her return from Mayo clinic in 1993 she was recruited to Karolinska University hospital, Stockholm where she established a myositis clinic with a dedicated multidisciplinary team. This clinic has formed the basis of a translational research project with the aim to achieve improved understanding of molecular mechanisms that lead to muscle weakness in patients with myositis. She has also established national, SweMyoNet, and international multidisciplinary collaborations on myositis, www.myonet.eu, important for this rare disorder. Through the international MyoNet she has been in the lead of the development of a web-based myositis register, www.euromyositis.eu that now has more than 3 500 patients from 23 centers worldwide enrolled. Dr. Lundberg has also been leading a multidisciplinary project to develop new classification criteria for myositis, EULAR-ACR classification criteria for myositis.

As an active ACR member, Dr Lundberg has presented at a Clinical review course and with scientific lectures at ACR meetings. She has served as Advisory Editor and Associate Editor of Arthritis & Rheumatology and served as ACR Abstract Category Co-Chair for Muscle Biology, Myositis and Myopathies. She joined the International Myositis Assessment and Clinical Studies (IMACS) from the start in year 2000 and has contributed at the annual meetings with update on international initiatives. She has served the Swedish Society for Rheumatology, the Scandinavian Society for Rheumatology and EULAR as chair of Standing Committee of Education and Training (ESCET) and as member of the executive committee.

Dr Lundberg is the recipient of several distinctions and awards including the Scandinavian Journal Prize in Rheumatology Research (2001), The Swedish Rheumatism Association memory of Professor Nanna Svartz (2002), Honorary lecture “Börje Olhagen Lecture” The Swedish Society for Medicine (2002), Medal from Karl University, Prague, Czech Republic (2008), The major Wyeth prize in Rheumatology (2008), Karolina Prize for Quality care work in myositis, Karolinska University Hospital (2009), Master Award, American College of Rheumatology (2015) and The Excellence in Investigative Mentoring award, American College of Rheumatology (2016).


Dr Tan Teck Choon
Consultant Rheumatologist,
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital,
Singapore


Dr Tan Teck Choon graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2003. His interest in systemic autoimmunity developed as a medical officer in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). Upon completion of his basic training in Internal Medicine, he went on to complete his advance specialty training in Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology/Allergy at TTSH from 2009 to 2012. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Clinical Rheumatology and Laboratory Immunology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he served as Consultant at the Department of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, TTSH. He concurrently held the appointment of Deputy Director, Clinical Immunology Laboratory (CIL), TTSH. Dr Tan is presently serving as Consultant Rheumatologist in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, and Visiting Consultant to the CIL, TTSH. He has research interests in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies, lab immunology and clinical interests in chronic urticaria and angioedema, drug allergy, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.


Dr Kamal Kumar Verma
Senior Consultant,
Department of Neurology,
National Neuroscience Institute,
Singapore

Dr. Kamal K. Verma is a Senior Consultant Neurologist with National Neuroscience Institute TTSH campus at Singapore; He holds concurrent appointments as clinical senior lecturer at YLL School of medicine and adj astt professor at Duke-NUS graduate medical school and LKC Medicine. He did the graduation & post graduation in Internal Medicine from India and trained in Neurology from India and USA. He is board certified with American board of Psychiatry and Neurology with ACGME fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology-Neuromuscular disease from the University of Texas, Medical School at Houston. His areas of interest are electrodiagnosis of neuromuscular disorders, entrapment neuropathies and Myasthenia gravis. Dr. Verma is a keen learner of ethics in medical practice & has been a NNI and Singhealth IRB board member since 2005.


A/Prof Josiah Chai
Senior Consultant,
Department of Neurology,
National Neuroscience Institute,
Singapore

Dr Josiah Chai, MBBS, MRCP(UK), FRCP(Edin), FAMS(Neurology), graduated in Medicine from the National University of Singapore in 1994. He completed his Basic Specialty Training in Internal Medicine and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians (UK) in 1999. Subsequently, he joined the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) for Advanced Specialty Training (AST) in neurology, and was accredited as a neurologist in 2003. He is presently a Senior Consultant in the Department of Neurology in NNI, as well as Head of the Neurology service in CGH.

In 2003, he was awarded the MOH Human Manpower Development Plan scholarship to do a fellowship in neuromuscular diseases and electromyography at the University of Rochester Neuromuscular Center, NY, where he spent about two years. Dr Chai’s special interest is in the evaluation and management of neuromuscular diseases. Besides doing electromyography studies, he also reads muscle and nerve biopsies and performs certain neuro-immunological tests such as paraneoplastic and ganglioside antibodies detection. These studies are performed in the NNI Neuromuscular Diagnostic Laboratory for which he is in charge.

Apart from being a full time clinician, Dr Chai is also passionate in imparting his knowledge and skills to medical students and trainees. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor with LKC School of Medicine, Adjunct Assistant Professor with Duke University-National University of Singapore Graduate Medical School and Senior Clinical Lecturer with Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He teaches at various levels, which includes medical students at preclinical and clinical years, Residents, Senior Residents as well as nurses doing diploma and master courses.

Dr Chai was admitted as a Fellow to the Academy of Medicine, Singapore in 2006. He is also a member of various professional bodies, namely the Clinical Neuroscience Society of Singapore, the American Academy of Neurology and the World Muscle Society.  Since 2012, he has been an executive member of the Asian Oceanian Myology Center, which seeks to promote basic and clinical research, as well as education, in the neuromuscular field.


Adj A/Prof Lim Yen Loo
Senior Consultant
National Skin Centre,
Singapore


Adj A/Prof Lim is a senior consultant at the National Skin Centre (NSC), Singapore. She is the chief of Immunodermatology Unit and head of the Drug Eruption Clinic. She is also the clinical educator lead at NSC for undergraduate dermatology teaching programme which receives students from all 3 local medical schools and site supervisor for junior and advanced internal medicine residents posted to NSC. Dr Lim also sits as a member of the national dermatology exit examination committee and is currently the president of the Dermatological Society of Singapore.


A/Prof Khoo See Meng
Director,
Sleep Laboratory, National University Health System (NUHS);
Associate Professor,
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine,
National University of Singapore


A/Prof Khoo See Meng [MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCP (Edinburgh), FAMS (Respiratory Medicine), MMed (Sleep Medicine) (Sydney)] is a Senior Consultant in the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, University Medicine Cluster (UMC), National University Health System (NUHS), and Associate Professor in the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He is the Head of the Division of Acute Care, Director of the Sleep Laboratory and the inaugural Programme Director of the Internal Medicine residency in NUHS. A/Prof Khoo’s areas of clinical and research interest include sleep medicine, asthma, aerosol therapy and medical education. He is passionate about medical education and is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the UMC Teaching Awards, UMC Mentorship Award, Chan Heng Leong Overall Best Teacher Award, NUH Postgraduate Teaching Excellence Award, Residents’ Choice Awards, NUHS DIO Special Award for Excellent Mentoring and MEDSOC Outstanding Tutor Award. He has also been awarded the NUHS-Mochtar Riady Pinnacle Awards -Young Achiever Award for his leadership in medical education and clinical service.


Dr Ashish Chawla
Head of Cardio-pulmonary Imaging section
Research Head
Consultant, Department of Diagnostic Radiology,
Khoo Teck Puat Hospital,
Singapore


Dr Ashish Chawla (MBBS, MD, DABR) is an American Board of Radiology certified radiologist currently heading the cardio-pulmonary imaging section of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore. He is a consultant and research lead of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. He is also advisor of CT imaging section.

Dr Chawla finished his radiology residency from the prestigious King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai India. Subsequently, he moved to USA for four years of radiology fellowship including one year of neuroradiology, one year of abdominal imaging, followed by 2 years of cardio-thoracic radiology at National Jewish Health, Denver CO. His area of interest is interstitial lung disease.

Dr Chawla’s research interests are focused on the imaging of chest in the emergency department and diffuse lung diseases. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles including case reports, review articles, original research, book chapters and presented numerous papers in the various international conferences. He is actively involved in education and conducts chest radiology educational courses.


Dr Chai Gin Tsen
Consultant Chest Physician and Intensivist
Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine,
Tan Tock Seng Hospital,
Singapore

Dr Chai Gin Tsen graduated from National Univeristy of Singapore in 2004 before becoming a consultant chest physician and intensivist in the Department of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital in 2012. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the Clinical Tutor of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine. His clinical and research interest include interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension and lung transplant following a one-year fellowship at the Royal Brompton Hospital, United Kingdom. He currently runs the interstitial lung disease clinic in Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

Dr Chai is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of the Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is a member of the Chapter of Respiratory Physicians and Intensivists. He is involved in training medical students and specialist trainees and is invited to speak regularly at major local conferences.


Asst Prof Andrea Low
Assistant Professor,
Duke-National University of Singapore;
Head and Senior Consultant,
Department of Rheumatology and Immunology,
Singapore General Hospital, Singapore


Dr Low is the Senior Consultant and Head of the Department of Rheumatology and Immunology in Singapore General Hospital. She is the Assistant Professor at the Duke-National University of Singapore, Graduate Medical School and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. She is also a visiting consultant at the National Heart Centre (Combined Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic). She underwent her Rheumatology training in the United Kingdom and Singapore and continued her sub-specialisation at Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto with a fellowship in systemic sclerosis. She subsequently obtained the Master of Clinical Investigation in clinical research at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Low’s clinical and research interest lies in systemic sclerosis and the overlap connective tissue diseases. She spearheaded the national systemic sclerosis database and leads collaborative research efforts for new therapies in systemic sclerosis. She is also a recipient of the Medicine Academic Clinical Program Nurturing Clinician Scientist award and the National Medical Research Council Transition Award. She has secured over $2 million in grant funding for her work in systemic sclerosis.

Dr Low is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore (Rheumatology) and member of the Chapter of Rheumatologists, Singapore. She is a journal reviewer for several regional and international journals. She has also mentored several medical students and residents.


Dr Law Weng Giap
Senior Consultant
Department of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology
Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

Dr Law Weng Giap graduated from University of Sydney in 1995. After that he returned to Malaysia and worked in Kuala Lumpur General Hospital and later Penang General Hospital. In 2002, he moved to Singapore and completed his training in Rheumatology in 2005. He is now a senior consultant in the Dept of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore.


Dr Tan Ju Le
Director Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program,
Senior Consultant Cardiologist,
National Heart Centre,
Singapore


Dr Tan Ju Le [MBBS (Newcastle-u-Tyne,UK), MRCP, FAMS, FACC, FESC] is the Senior Consultant Cardiologist specialising in Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Echocardiography at the National Heart Centre.

Dr Tan has received training in Adult Congenital Heart Disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London from 2003 to 2005. Her main interest lies in the care of adults with congenital heart disease, management of cardiac disease in pregnancy and pulmonary hypertension.

Dr Tan is a part-time Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore.  She is also a lecturer for the Diploma in Cardiac Technology Course conducted jointly by the National Heart Centre and Singapore Polytechnic.

Dr Tan has written for numerous publications and is a co-author of several book chapters. She is also a reviewer of the International Journal of Cardiology and local journals like Annals, Academy of Medicine, Singapore.  She is involved in clinical trials and research in hyperlipidemia and pulmonary hypertension.