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Tan Chorh Chuan appointed NUHS Board Chairman

22 March 2011


NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan will be appointed Chairman of the National University Health System (NUHS) Board, with effect from 1 April 2011.

A renal physician by training, Prof Tan was the NUHS' first Chief Executive, who brought the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (YLLSoM), Faculty of Dentistry (FoD) and the National University Hospital (NUH) together under a single governance structure in 2008.

On the new appointment, Prof Tan said: "NUHS has made great progress since its formation in 2008. It provides the enabling environment and means to develop true synergies between medical education, research and clinical care. I feel excited and honoured to be able to work with NUHS colleagues to build leading-edge programmes that will substantially benefit our patients and students, and our community and beyond - programmes that will help shape medicine for the future."

Prof Tan was Dean of the NUS Faculty of Medicine from 1997 to 2000, and served as the Director of Medical Services at Singapore's Ministry of Health from 2000 to 2004. He returned to NUS to take up the posts of Provost, then Senior Deputy President from 2004 to 2008, and was appointed President in December 2008. He is concurrently the Deputy Chairman of Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research.

With his wealth of experience in healthcare, research and education, Prof Tan is well-placed to provide invaluable guidance to the NUHS Board and management in realising the organisation's vision of being a leading academic medical centre.

He will be taking over from Mr Lim Yong Wah, who has served as the NUHS Board Chairman since 1 February 2008. During his leadership term, Mr Lim oversaw the successful integration of the NUH, YLLSoM and FoD, and spearheaded the establishment of the National Cancer Institute Singapore and National University Heart Centre Singapore.