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CHAN Kum Wah Roy


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Adjunct)
  • Director & Senior Consultant at National Skin Centre (NSC) (Primary)

Research Areas:

  • STI, HIV, Pigmentation

Teaching Areas:

  • STI, HIV, General Dermatology

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • MBBS (Singapore 1979), Diploma in Dermatology (London, 1983 July -1984 March), Diploma in Venereology (London, September-November 1984), MRCP (UK, 1986), FAMS (1994), FRCP (London, 1997)

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • President's Scholar (1974-1978); Best Cadet, SAF Medical Officers’ Cadet Course (1980); Chesterfield Prize and Gold Medal, Institute of Dermatology, St John’s Hospital London (1984); Paul Harris Fellow (2000) awarded by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International – “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among the people of the world”; NHG - Health Manpower Development Programme Award 2003 & 2004; IUSTI Asia-Pacific Senior Fellowship Award 2004; AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific–Honorary Member 2005; West Midlands Travelling Fellow 2008; Queen Elizabeth II Gold Medal 2009 awarded by Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), London – Outstanding contribution towards public health & health promotion within the Commonwealth; WHO Dr Lee Jong-Wook Memorial Prize in Public Health 2010 – awarded to Action for AIDS Singapore; National Day Awards 2013 - Public Administration Medal (Silver)

Career History:

  • Medical Officer - Singapore Armed Forces (1980 – 1981); Medical Officer - Ministry of Health Singapore, (1982 – 1983 & 1986); Registrar in Dermato-venereology - Middle Road Hospital (1986 – 1988); Consultant - National Skin Centre (1989 – 1997); Deputy Director - National Skin Centre (July 2003 – March 2004); Head, Department of STI Control - Ministry of Health, Singapore (1992 - 2005); Visiting Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Disease - Communicable Disease Centre, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore (From 1993 to 2008); Part-time Clinical Teacher, Faculty of Medicine – NUS (1992 – 1998); Part-time Senior Lecturer – NUS (1999 – 2003); Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of COF Medicine, Faculty of Medicine – NUS (From March 2003 to 2008); Adjunct Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health - Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS (From 31 March 2009); Visiting Consultant - Singapore Armed Forces (July 2007 – June 2010)

Administrative Leadership:

  • Director, National Skin Centre, Chairman Medical Board, Senior Management Member, NHG, Chairman, Residency Advisory Committee; Programme Director - National STI Control Programme; Senior Consultant, Office of Director of Medical Services - Ministry of Health, Singapore; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine - Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health & Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School of Singapore; Visiting Consultant & Member, Specialist Medical Board - Singapore Armed Forces

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Singapore Medical Association (SMA) – Member; Dermatological Society of Singapore (DSS) – Member; Society for Infectious Diseases Singapore (SIDS) – Member; Chapter of Dermatologists, College of Physicians, Academy of Medicine Singapore - Inaugural Chairman (From 23 September 2004 to 15 March 2007) & Board Member (From Apr 2007); AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific (ASAP) - Executive Committee member (1991- 1996, 2001 - present) & President (1996 - 2001); International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) - Regional Executive Committee member (1991 - 2006) & Regional Director Asia-Pacific (2006); International Union Against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI) - World Executive Committee Counsellor (1991-2003, 2006); International AIDS Society (IAS) - Member of the Governing Council (1995 – 2004), Member of the Executive Committee/Board of Directors (2002 – 2004), Member of advisory group in Treatment as Prevention (from 2012); Global Chinese AIDS Network - Founding Member and Member of the Board of Directors (2002 - 2008); National AIDS Task Force, Ministry of Health Singapore - Member (1991 – 2006); National AIDS Policy Advisory, Committee – Member (from 2006); Main Committee for the review of the HIV Prevention and Control Programme, Ministry of Health Singapore - Chairman (23 May 2012 – 31 Mar 2013); Action for AIDS Singapore, - Vice-President (from 1988 - 1997) & President (from 1998); Health Sciences Authority - Expert & Evaluators Panel (from 2001); Asia Pacific Council of AIDS Service Organizations (APCASO) - Member of council of representatives (from 2004- 2009); JCST Dermatology Residency Advisory Committee (RAC) [Before 10/6/12, it was known as JCST Dermatology Specialist Training Committee (STC)] - Chairman from 2008 to-date, Member from 2004 to 2007; Guidance Group on MOH Medical Excellence Project from June 2006; Co-chair of Developed Asia Conf on MSM & HIV; Chairman of MSM workgroup on MSM & HIV; Curriculum Review Committee, NHG Healthcare Leadership Course (HLC) - Member (from 23 April 2012 – 22 April 2014); International Affairs Committee of the American Academy of Dermatology - Member

Major Publications:

  • Mee-Lian Wong, Roy Chan, David Koh, Priya Sen, Hiok Hee Tan and Martin Chio; Gender differences in partner influences and barriers to condom use among heterosexual adolescents attending a public STI clinic in Singapore. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2012 Sep 20 pii: S0022-3476(12)00927-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.08.010. The Journal of Pediatrics 2012 Sep 20 pii: S0022-3476(12)00927-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.08.010. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Sin How Lim, Thomas E. Guadamuz, Chongyi Wei, Roy Chan, Stuart Koe. Factors Associated with Unprotected Receptive Anal Intercourse with Internal Ejaculation Among Men Who Have Sex with Men in a Large Internet Sample from Asia. AIDS and Behavior. DOI 10.1007/s10461-012-0233-y
  • R. Chan, K.C. Park, M.H. Lee, E-S. Lee, S.E. Chang, Y.H. Leow, Y-K. Tay, F. Legarda-Montinola, R-Y. Tsai, T-H. Tsai, S. Shek, N. Kerrouche, G. Thomas and V. Verallo-Rowell. A randomized controlled trial of the efficacy and safety of a fixed triple combination (fluocinolone acetonide 0.01 %, hydroquinone 4 %, tretinoin 0.05 %) compared with hydroquinone 4 % cream in Asian patients with moderate to severe melisma, British Journal of Dermatology. 2008; 159, 697–703

Adjunct Professor
Tel (65) 6253 4455
Email roychan@nsc.com.sg


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