Prof Benjamin Ong Kian Chung

Senior Vice President (Health Education & Resources)


Professor Benjamin Ong Kian Chung is currently Senior Vice President (Health Education & Resources) at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

Prof Ong obtained his MBBS at NUS in 1981. He went on to train in neurology in Singapore and the UK, with fellowship attachments at the Institute of Neurology (UK) and the Institute for Molecular Medicine (Oxford, UK).

Prof Ong is also a Senior Consultant with the Division of Neurology, National University Hospital (NUH). He currently serves as Member of the Public Service Commission and is Chairman of the Health Sciences Authority. He was appointed Director of Medical Services, Ministry of Health (MOH), Singapore on 1 January 2014 until 1 February 2020 where he served as the principal medical advisor to the government. Prior to that, he was concurrently the Chief Executive, National University Health System and Senior Vice President (Health Affairs), NUS. He has also held positions as Chairman, Medical Board at the NUH and was Head of the Department of Medicine at NUS.

He has been active in medical education throughout his career, including areas such as Neurology Specialist Training as well as postgraduate internal medicine, prior to his MOH appointment. He continued to work on healthcare professional development matters while serving as Director of Medical Services at MOH.

Prof Ong has provided leadership in Healthcare IT development and process improvement in patient care delivery, and was the Chairman of the Integrated Health Information Systems Singapore.

His research interests are in neurology, in particular in the fields of neuroimmunology and neuroepidemiology.

He received the National Day Public Administration Medal (Silver) for his leadership contributions in 2009. In 2013, he received the Long Service Medal by the President of the Republic of Singapore in recognition of his dedicated service. In 2015, he received the Public Administration Medal (Gold) for outstanding efficiency, competence and industry. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in 2020 for his contributions to healthcare.