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LEE, Vernon J


  • Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Adjunct)
  • Head of the Singapore Armed Forces' Biodefence Center in charge of all preventive medicine issues (Primary) 
  • Deputy Director of Communicable Diseases, Ministry of Health, Singapore (Secondary)

Research Areas:

  • Infectious diseases epidemiology including influenza and respiratory infections, vector-borne infections
  • Health services research including health economics

Teaching Areas:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Health services research

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore)
  • PhD in Epidemiology and Population Health (Australian National University)
  • Master of Public Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
  • Master of Business Administration (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • 2010 Young outstanding Singaporean finalist
  • 2009 International Post-Graduate Research Scholarship (Australia)
  • 2009 National Healthcare Group (NHG) Annual Scientific Meeting Merit Award
  • 2007 Tan Tock Seng Hospital Young Investigator Award
  • 2007 NHG Doctor Award for best research – 2nd place
  • 2006 NHG Doctor Award for best research – 1st place 
  • 2005 Delta Omega Honor Society, Johns Hopkins University  

Career History:

  • Head, Biodefence Center, Singapore Armed Forces (2008-2010, 2013-onwards)
  • Advisor to the Public Health Group, Ministry of Health, Singapore (2013-2015)
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS (2011 onwards)
  • Advisor to the Assistant Director-General (Health Security and Environment), World Health Organization, Geneva (2010-2012)
  • Medical epidemiologist, World Health Organization, Indonesia Office (2007-2008)
  • Head, Healthcare Branch, Army Medical Services (2005-2007)
  • Visiting consultant in Communicable Diseases Center, Singapore; and Ministry of Health, Singapore

Administrative Leadership:

  • Head of the SAF Biodefence Center in charge of all preventive medicine issues
  • In charge of developing policy and control measures for infectious diseases in Singapore
  • Leading cross-cutting initiatives at WHO involving global stakeholders
  • Advising local and international policy on public health and infectious diseases

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Associate Editor for the Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses journal, and Tropical Diseases, Travel Medicine and Vaccines Journal
  • Board member of the International Society for Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses
  • President-Elect of the College of Public Health and Occupational Physicians, Singapore
  • Member of various expert working groups on health emergency risk management and preparedness, and infectious diseases

Selected Publications:

  • Lee VJ, Yap J, Cook AR, Chen MI, Tay J, Tan BH, Loh JP, Chew SW, Koh WH, Lin R, Lin C, Lee CWH, Sung WK, Wong CW, Hibberd ML, Kang KL, Seet B, Tambyah PA. Oseltamivir ring prophylaxis for containment of Influenza A (H1N1-2009) outbreaks. NEJM. 2010; 362:2166-74.
  • Lee VJ, Yap J, Cook AR, Chen MI, Tay JK, Barr I, Kelso A, Tan BH, Loh JP, Lin R, Lin C, Kelly PM, Leo YS, Chia KS, Kang WL, Tambyah PA, Seet B. Effectiveness of public health measures in mitigating pandemic influenza spread: A prospective serological cohort study. Journal of Infectious Diseases. Nov 2010, 202(9):1319-26.
  • Lee VJ, Chen MI, Yap J, Ong J, Lim WY, Lin RT, Barr I, Ong JB, Mak TM, Goh LG, Leo YS, Kelly PM, Cook AR. Comparability of different methods for estimating influenza infection rates over a single epidemic wave. Am J Epidemiol. 2011 Aug 15;174(4):468-78.

Adjunct Associate Professor
Email vernonljm@hotmail.com


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