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NUHS Chief Executive elected to U.S. National Academy of Medicine

21 Oct 2019

The National University Health System (NUHS) Chief Executive and National University of Singapore (NUS) Senior Vice President (Health Affairs), Professor John Eu-Li Wong, was elected today to the United States of America’s National Academy of Medicine (NAM), a globally influential organisation on health and science.

The NAM works to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy and inspire positive action across sectors through its domestic and global initiatives. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognises individuals who have made major contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care and public health.

“These newly elected members represent the most exceptional scholars and leaders whose remarkable work has advanced science, medicine, and health in the U.S. and around the globe,” said NAM President Professor Victor J. Dzau. “Their expertise will be vital to addressing today’s most pressing health and scientific challenges and informing the future of health and medicine for the benefit of us all. I am honoured to welcome these esteemed individuals to the National Academy of Medicine.”

A medical oncologist-haematologist, Professor Wong obtained his medical degree from NUS and completed his residency and fellowship at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he was the Chief Resident in Medicine, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He has been actively involved in the development of Health and Biomedical Sciences as a key pillar of Singapore's economy and serves as a member of the National Health and Biomedical Sciences Executive Committee. His international contributions include being Past President of the World Health Summit, a founding member of the Association of Academic Health Centers (International), serving on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the International Affairs Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, and the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Personalized and Precision Medicine.

In his distinguished 27-year career with NUS and NUHS, Professor Wong has held strategic leadership positions including Chairman, Medical Board, National University Hospital (NUH), Vice President (Life Sciences), NUS, Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS and Director of the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS). He is also the Isabel Chan Professor in Medical Sciences at NUS. Professor Wong has been instrumental in transforming NUHS into the comprehensive and learning academic health system that it is today.

With the re-organisation of public healthcare in 2017, Professor Wong led the expanded NUHS through excellence in care, research and education. Harnessing the power of academia, particularly through the health sciences schools, research and education have continued to shape the development of NUHS, including synergistic partnerships and collaboration with the world’s most respected academic healthcare institutions and individuals.

Professor John Wong said, “I am deeply honoured by this recognition from the United States of America’s National Academy of Medicine. I have been extraordinarily fortunate to have been part of the National University Health System, the National University of Singapore, Singapore’s public healthcare system and the national Health and Biomedical Science initiative these past 27 years. This recognition is very much because of them and what they have been able to do to improve the health and well-being of Singapore and the community we live in. This would not have been possible without the incredible support from my family, team, colleagues, donors and friends.”

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