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LEE Chien Earn

I am currently the Chief Executive Officer of Changi General Hospital, a 1000 bed public acute teaching hospital. I am concurrently the Deputy Group CEO of Singhealth overseeing the Regional Health System and chair the Singapore Healthcare Improvement Network (SHINe), a consortium of nearly 50 healthcare institutions committed to learning and working together to improve the quality of care. My prior appointments included leadership positions in the Ministry of Health in Health Services, Healthcare Performance, Health Regulation and Health Services Finance in the Ministry of Health Singapore.


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Adjunct Professor)
  • Chief Executive Officer at Changi General Hospital (Primary)
  • Deputy Group CEO Singhealth (Regional Health System)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (Adjunct Professor)

Research Areas:

  • Healthcare Services and Management
  • Health Systems and Policy
  • Integrated Care

Teaching Areas:

  • Health systems and Policy
  • Quality assurance and improvement
  • Population Health

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery), National University of Singapore
  • Master of Medicine (Public Health), Tye Choo Yook Gold Medalist, National University of Singapore
  • Fellow Academy of Medicine (Public Health), Singapore
  • Graduate Diploma in Change Management, Civil Service College Singapore
  • Certificate in Coaching, Civil Service College and Henley Business School
  • Advanced Management Programme, INSEAD
  • Master of Arts Biblical and Theological Studies (summa cum laude), Knox Theological Seminary

Career History:

  • Deputy Director of Medical Services, Health Services and Healthcare Performance (July 2010 to Apr 2012)
  • Deputy Director of Medical Services, Healthcare Performance Group (May 2010- June 2010)
  • Senior Director, Healthcare Performance Group (2006 to April 2010)
  • Director, Health Regulation (2004 to 2006).
  • Head, Health Services Finance (2002 – 2004)
  • Director, Corporate Affairs, Singapore General Hospital (2000-2001)
  • Manager, Operations, Singapore General Hospital (1999)
  • Assistant Director, Medical Manpower (1997 –1999)

Administrative Leadership:

  • Registrar, National Registry of Diseases (2009 to 2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Health Sciences Authority (2005 to 2013)
  • Co-Chairman, Clinical Advisory Group on National Strategy for Health IT and Technology (2008 to 2012)
  • Co-Chairman National Care Assessment Framework Steering Committee (2010-2012)
  • Co-Chairperson Health Services Research Strategy Work Group (2016)
  • Chairperson Residency Funding Committee (2016)
  • Co-Chairperson National Registry of Diseases Steering Committee (2016-2017)
  • Chairman Singapore Healthcare Improvement Network (SHINe) (2013 to date)
  • Director Education Office Eastern Health Alliance (2014 to 2017)
  • Director Office of Innovation Eastern Health Alliance (2015 to 2017)

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Member, Innovative Delivery Models Working Group, Global Health Policy Summit (2011-2012)
  • Member Steering Committee, Asia-Pacific Observatory on Health Systems and Policies (2011)
  • Member Joint Commission International Standards Advisory Panel (2015, 2017- 2018)
  • Member, Duke-NUS Health Services and Systems Research Program Review Committee (2013)
  • Member Strategic Review Committee for the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (2014)
  • Member Medishield Life Review Committee and Chairman Subcommittee on Universal Coverage (2014)
  • Member, Health Sciences Authority Health Products Regulatory Technical Expert Advisory Committee (2013 to date)
  • Member Residency Advisory Committee Preventive Medicine (2011 to date)
  • Temporary Advisor, World Health Organisation (WHO). Policy Roundtable on Quality in Health Services (2015)
  • Member Healthcare Tripartite Committee for Workforce Innovation and Productivity (2016)
  • Member Healthy Living and Prevention Workgroup, Diabetes Prevention and Care Taskforce (2016 - 2019)
  • Member Future Nursing Career Review Committee (2016-2017)
  • Member, Oversight Committee National Health Innovation Centre Singapore (NHIC) (2017 to date)
  • Temporary Advisor World Health Organisation Inter-regional Taskforce on Hospitals Almaty (2017)
  • Chairman, Nanyang Polytechnic Health Sciences Advisory Committee (2017-2019)

Selected Publications:

  • Outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in a tertiary hospital in Singapore, linked to an index patient with atypical presentation: epidemiological study. KY Chow, CE Lee et al British Medical Journal 2004; 328: 195
  • Casemix in Singapore (book chapter) CE Lee. In The Globalization of Managerial Innovation in Health Care. Edited by John Kimberly, Gerard de Pouvourville, Thomas d'Aunno,Cambridge University Press 2009
  • Strategies for Health Services (book chapter). CE Lee in Oxford Textbook of Global Public Health 6th edition, eds Detels et al. Oxford University Press (2015).
  • Singapore's Health Care System: What 50 Years Have Achieved. Eds CE Lee and K Satku World Scientific (2015)


Adjunct Professor
Email chien_earn_lee@cgh.com.sg
Tel (65) 6850 2492


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