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SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute Appoints New Director

The SingHealth Duke-NUS Global Health Institute (SDGHI) has announced the appointment of Clinical Associate Professor Tan Hiang Khoon as Director for SDGHI with effect from 1 January 2021. Assoc Prof Tan assumes the role in concurrence with his appointment as Group Director, International Collaboration Office (ICO), SingHealth.

A highly respected clinician leader with more than 30 years of surgical and management experience, Assoc Prof Tan is currently the Chair of the SingHealth Duke-NUS Surgery Academic Clinical Programme (ACP) and Chairman of the Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS). Assoc Prof Tan succeeds the SDGHI Founding Director, Professor Michael H Merson, who remains an active faculty member of SDGHI.

"As an Institute, SDGHI is guided by its mandate to address current and emerging health challenges, and I am proud of the work we are driving across the region to tackle key global health priorities and train future leaders in our field, " said Prof Merson. "After a rewarding two years for me as the Institute's Founding Director, I am pleased SDGHI will be led by Clinical Associate Professor Tan. He is an exceptional individual with invaluable experience in the field of global surgery and insights into strengthening health partnerships and networks, and I am confident that SDGHI will grow and thrive under his direction."

Assoc Prof Tan, SDGHI Director, said "I am deeply honoured to assume a leadership position with SDGHI, a multidisciplinary Institute whose vision has never been more imperative to realise. I look forward to working closely with our community of researchers, clinicians, policy makers and contributors to further advance global health equity in the region."

Established in 2018 as a multidisciplinary joint Institute of SingHealth and Duke-NUS, SDGHI harnesses the combined strengths and expertise of its network to advance global health activities in the region and globally. Working in collaboration with key partners, the Institute works to combat prevalent health issues, strengthen health systems and build up capabilities for countries to manage pandemic and disease threats.