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Seah Cheng Siang Professorship in Medicine

Professor Seah Cheng Siang (1922-1990) was a master clinician, a lion of medical education and a pioneer in advancing clinical excellence in Singapore. Through his leadership at the Singapore General Hospital as Head of Medical Unit 3, and of the medical fraternity, he helped lay strong foundations for Medicine and public healthcare. He was legendary for his teaching; he instilled in the doctors under his care a deep concern and compassion for patients. He taught and influenced almost two generations of doctors who are now teaching and practising in universities, hospitals and clinics in Singapore. Prof Seah was also an architect of specialist medicine in Singapore. He helped to set standards of the highest order, which was key to securing the setting up of Singapore’s own specialist qualifications and register, independent of the Royal Colleges. His contributions benefited his patients and SGH as well as the medical fraternity. Above all, he stood for dedication to the art of practising medicine, education, professionalism and humanitarianism.

The Seah Cheng Siang Professorship honours an eminent individual who has made outstanding contributions to the practice of medicine, as well as the training and mentorship of medical professionals. He/she should also boast a substantial record of intellectual achievements, contributing to academic enterprise of the highest stature. The Professorship is supported by gifts from the family of the late Prof Seah Cheng Siang, as well as colleagues and former students.

Click here to read about the current awardee of this Distinguished Professorship.