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.
Dr Chiam graduated on the Dean’s List with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the National University of Singapore in 1996. He obtained the postgraduate diploma of the Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) (UK) in February 2001, and a Master Degree in Internal Medicine (MMed) from the National University of Singapore in June 2001 where he was awarded the Gordon Ransome Gold Medal for being the top candidate.
In recognition of his commitment towards patient care, Dr Chiam was awarded the Bronze Service Quality award in December 2009 and also in March 2011. At the SingLIVE Interventional Cardiology conference 2009, he was the first runner-up in the Best of Young Interventionalist case competition. As a cardiac specialist, Dr Chiam is well recognized in the field of interventional cardiology. He has been invited as a Guest Faculty & Speaker at major international cardiovascular conferences such as the American College of Cardiology Scientific Sessions, the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) (USA), EuroPCR, PCR London Valves, Complex Cardiovascular Therapeutics, Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics Asia Pacific (TCTAP) and China Interventional Therapeutics (CIT) amongst others. He was the Secretary General of the Asian Pacific Society of Interventional Cardiology (APSIC) and Co-Chair of the APSIC Scientific Committee.
Dr Chiam has been invited as a case operator to conduct workshops and to perform cases during “live transmissions” in complex coronary interventions, peripheral artery interventions and mitral valvuloplasties in Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Taiwan and China.
He has published extensively in top medical journals. He won the SingHealth Publish! Award in 2012 for a paper published in a major cardiovascular journal. In recognition of his research publications, he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore, and holds a current appointment of Adjunct Associate Professor, where he volunteers his time to teach medical students at the National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Dr Chiam is currently a section editor of the AsiaIntervention journal.
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 does not cover private healthcare, or who require more financial assistance, can request to have their procedures done there.
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