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Duke-NUS launches Benjamin Sheares Professorship in Academic Medicine

13 May 2011

Through a generous combined seed gift of S$2.5 million from the Tote Board and SingHealth Foundation, the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) has established the Benjamin Sheares Professorship to commemorate the rich medical legacy and distinguished work of the late Singapore President Dr Benjamin Sheares.

One of the founding fathers of Singapore medicine, Dr Sheares was a well-respected surgeon known for his deep passion for medicine and clinical research in obstetrics and gynaecology. He was internationally recognised for the "Sheares Procedure" (surgical treatment of vaginal agenesis) and for pioneering the Lower Segment Caesarean Section. Beyond his outstanding medical service and accomplishments, Dr Sheares had also served with distinction as Singapore's second President for three terms (2 January 1971 - 12 May 1981).

On this first Professorship named after Dr Sheares, Prof Ranga Krishnan, Dean of Duke-NUS, said: "This Professorship will build on the strengths and expertise of SingHealth and Duke-NUS, develop capabilities on the Outram Campus as well as set up initiatives within Singapore and overseas that will build Duke-NUS' and Singapore's repute as a leading biomedical institution and hub."

The Professorship will recognise academic leadership in medical teaching and in forming collaborations with other international centres of excellence. Prof Tan Ser Kiat, Chairman of the SingHealth Foundation and Group Chief Executive Officer of SingHealth, said that the individual selected for this Professorship will be like Dr Sheares, "a role model to medical students, clinicians and clinician scientists," and he or she will pursue advanced research while serving students, patients and the community.