DR PAUL CHIAM
Senior Consultant Cardiologist
- Led the team that performed the first TAVI (TAVR) in Asia in 2009
- Minimally invasive heart valve therapies
- Complex coronary angioplasty
- Peripheral artery angioplasty
- Carotid artery stenting
Dr Paul Chiam is a Cardiologist specializing in Interventional Cardiology. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and a Visiting Consultant at the National University Heart Centre Singapore, and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital Singapore.
Dr Chiam returned to the National Heart Centre Singapore in 2008, and led the team that performed the first Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) in Asia in 2009. TAVR, also known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), is a technique of replacing the aortic valve without open heart surgery. He became the first Asian proctor for the Edwards Lifesciences and Medtronic CoreValve TAVI programs, and has trained and proctored new centres in Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.
He graduated on the Dean’s list with the MBBS degree from the National University of Singapore in 1996. He obtained the postgraduate diploma of the Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) (UK) and then obtained the Master of Medicine (MMed) degree from the National University of Singapore where he was awarded the Gordon Ransome Gold Medal for being the top candidate.
He joined the National Heart Centre Singapore where he trained in general and interventional cardiology. He subsequently spent eighteen months at the renowned Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York on a Ministry Of Health HMDP scholarship to subspecialize in complex coronary angioplasty, carotid artery stenting, peripheral artery angioplasty, and structural heart disease (heart valve) interventions. He then spent a further three months training in intracranial angioplasty and stenting at the Department of Endovascular Neurosurgery, University of Buffalo, New York.
Due to his commitment to patient care, Dr Chiam was awarded Bronze Service Quality awards in December 2009 and March 2011. At the SingLIVE Interventional Cardiology conference in 2009, he was the first runner-up in the Best of Young Interventionalist case competition.
Dr Chiam has been invited as a Speaker at major international cardiovascular conferences and as a Case Operator to perform procedures in coronary interventions, peripheral artery interventions and mitral valvuloplasties in the Asian region. He also volunteers his time teaching medical students at the National University of Singapore in his capacity as an Adjunct Associate Professor.
He has published extensively in top medical journals (see publications) and was awarded the SingHealth Publish! Award in 2012 for a paper published in a major cardiovascular journal.
He is the current Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC) and Co-Chair of the APSIC Scientific Committee.
As a visiting consultant at National University Heart Centre and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Dr Chiam is able to perform procedures for patients in these public institutions. Patients whose insurance do not cover private healthcare, or who require more financial assistance, can request to have their procedures done there.
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