New NUS senior appointments

05 December 2019 | General News
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From top left, clockwise: Prof Wong, Assoc Prof Ong, Assoc Prof Yeoh and Prof Leong will be taking on new positions in NUS management

The University has announced four new senior appointments ­— for the positions of NUS Senior Vice President (Health Innovation & Translation); NUS Senior Vice President (Health Education & Resources); NUS Senior Vice President (Health Affairs); and Dean of the NUS School of Continuing and Lifelong Education (SCALE).

NUS Senior Vice President (Health Innovation & Translation)

Professor John Eu-Li Wong will be appointed to the new position of NUS Senior Vice President (Health Innovation & Translation), effective from 1 January 2020.

Prof Wong, the Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences, is currently the Chief Executive of the National University Health System (NUHS) and NUS Senior Vice President (Health Affairs).

A renowned medical oncologist-haematologist and clinician, Prof Wong has held many leadership positions at NUS and NUHS. He has played a key role in advising the University on strategies to advance academic medicine. He has also been vital in creating synergies between the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine), NUS Dentistry, and the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) through NUHS to drive global excellence.

In his new role, Prof Wong will be involved in strategic recruitment in NUS and NUHS to support NUS’ research, translation, innovation and deployment in Health and Biomedical Sciences. He will also work on developing Health and Biomedical Sciences research and look into its local and global positioning.

He will also be the key liaison for NUS in a variety of NUHS’ major projects including the Integrated General Hospital at the Alexandra Campus, Healthy Longevity and Precision Medicine, and the Translational Hub at the Kent Ridge Campus.

NUS Senior Vice President (Health Education & Resources)

Effective from 1 February 2020, Associate Professor Benjamin Ong will take on the new role of NUS Senior Vice President (Health Education & Resources).

Assoc Prof Ong returns to NUS and NUHS after holding the position of the Director of Medical Services at the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the past six years. He is a renowned neurologist with interests in neuroimmunology and neuroepidemiology, and a champion for the use of healthcare information technology in patient care. Prior to his secondment to MOH, he held a range of leadership appointments during his 33-year career in the National University Hospital (NUH). These included key positions such as Chief Executive of NUHS, Chairman of NUH’s Medical Board, as well as Chair of the Department of Medicine at NUS Medicine and NUH.

As NUS Senior Vice President (Health Education & Resources), Assoc Prof Ong’s job scope will include managing the regulatory issues for biomedical research and translation. He will also work with NUS Medicine, NUS Dentistry and SSHSPH to enhance continuing education in the healthcare arena; as well as assist NUS Medicine in broadening the scope and advancing the development of academic medicine.

NUS Senior Vice President (Health Affairs)

From 1 January 2020, Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, as the new Chief Executive of NUHS, will take up the appointment of Senior Vice President (Health Affairs) at NUS.

A clinician-scholar, educator and leader, Assoc Prof Yeoh has held multiple leadership positions in NUS including Dean and Vice Dean of NUS Medicine, and Deputy Director of NUS Medicine’s Division of Graduate Medical Studies. He is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of NUHS and has been key in leading the clinical care planning and health system transformation for NUHS.

Dean of SCALE

Professor Susanna Leong will be appointed Dean of SCALE from 15 January 2020. Professor Wei Kwok Kee, who has served as Dean of the School for over three years, will be leaving NUS in April 2020. Prof Leong will continue in her current position as NUS Vice Provost (Masters Programme & Lifelong Education).

Prof Leong is responsible for the initiatives and programmes related to continuous education and training in NUS and has worked closely with faculties and schools to review and improve the quality of NUS’ graduate coursework programmes. She also works closely with colleagues from SCALE to enhance and promote the NUS Lifelong Learners and NUS CET500 programmes and was instrumental in the launch of the new NUS Master of Science in Industry 4.0 and the organisation of the SkillsFuture Festival @ NUS 2019.

The University also announced that Professor Andrew Wee, who is NUS Vice President (University and Global Relations), will be stepping down from that role on 31 December 2019. Prof Wee will be returning to the Physics Department at NUS Science. Professor Victor Shim, Associate Vice President, Global Relations Office, will report directly to NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye on global relations matters.