HomeAboutFaculty DirectoryLIM Yee Wei

LIM Yee Wei

Associate Professor Lim is a primary care physician and health policy researcher at the at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. His work encompasses two areas: the first is the design and evaluation of health systems in developed and developing countries, and the second is in the area of social innovations in health. Examples of projects in the first area include policy recommendations for the development of healthcare systems in Kurdistan and Qatar; and development of public health preparedness programs for Mekong Delta countries to tackle pandemic flu. He co-led a multi-million dollar Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation project to determine the future of diagnostic platforms for infectious diseases in developing countries resulting in a series of papers that were published in Nature and formed the basis for the Foundation’s Grand Challenges grant call. In 2014, he led an APEC funded initiative to build capacity in health technology assessment for Asia-Pacific countries, including the examination of funding options for public health programs. The second area of his work explores the role of social innovation in health in Singapore and developing countries. Examples of projects include the development and evaluation of a new model of integrated community-based model of holistic care for vulnerable elderly (with Tsao Foundation, Singapore); case studies of Kopernik and John Fawcett Foundation, which both use innovative funding methods to provide public health services to last mile populations in Indonesia and other parts of the world; and with HelpMeSee, to develop and evaluate an innovative approach to cataract surgery training and delivery involving independent private non-physician practitioners serving underserved areas in developing countries.
Associate Professor Lim has led the NUS Improvement of Healthcare in Asia (NIHA) Leadership Development Program since 2011-2015. The program trains senior healthcare leaders from the public, private and NGO sectors of Asia-Pacific countries in leadership and health policy development and implementation. He has conducted health policy and leadership training for senior healthcare leaders for Brunei’s Ministry of Health in 2013.


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Practice Track)
  • Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (Practice Track)
  • National University Health System (Primary)

Research Areas:

  • Health Services Research
  • Health Promotion
  • Global Health

Teaching Areas:

  • Health Policy and Health Systems

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • MBBS, 1991, NUS School of Medicine
  • PhD, 2003, UCLA School of Public Health

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • NUS Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2016
  • RAND Bronze Merit Award for Research, 2010
  • UCLA School of Public Health Fellowship: 1999, 2000, 2001
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health

Career History:

  • Vice Dean (Research) NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, 2011-2013
  • Domain Lead, Health Promotion and Education Domain, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (2011-2013)
  • Domain Lead, Health Systems and Policy, NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (2011-2013)
  • Program Director, NIHA Healthcare Leadership Program, NUS Global Asia Institute (2011 – present)
  • Adjunct Health Policy Researcher, RAND Health, USA (2011-present)
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (2008-2011)
  • Health Policy Researcher, The RAND Corporation (2003-2011)
  • Senior Research Fellow, UCLA Center for Health Policy 2002-2003
  • Medical Officer, Ministry of Health Singapore (1992-1997)

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • Member, Advisory Board for Tsao Foundation Hua Mei Center for Successful Aging
  • Senior Expert, Asian Development Bank and Asia-Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance. Consultation on Resource Mobilization for Malaria and Health Security, July 2015. 
  • University of Melbourne Medical School - develop a health services research program

Recent Publications:

  • Lim YW, Chia A, "Social Entrepreneurship: Improving Global Health". JAMA, 315, no. 22 (2016): 2393-2394.
  • Bautista MA, Nurjono M, Lim YW, Dessers E, Vrijhoef HJM. Instruments measuring integrated care: A systematic review of measurement properties. Milbank Quarterly. Dec. 2016, 94(4):862-917
  • Uijtdewilligen L, Waters CN, Müller-Riemenschneider F, Lim YW. Preventing Childhood obesity in Asia: an overview of intervention programmes. Obes Rev. 2016. Nov;17(11):1103-1115.
  • Waters CN, Ling EP, Chu AH, Ng SH, Chia A, Lim YW, Müller-Riemenschneider F. Assessing and understanding sedentary behaviour in office-based working adults: a mixed-method approach. BMC Public Health. 2016 Apr 27;16:360.
  • Milawaty, N, MA Bautista, P Valentijn, Y W Lim and H J M Vrijhoef, "A Prospective Validation Study of a Rainbow Model of Integrated Care Measurement Tool in Singapore". International Journal of Integrated Care, 16, no. January (2016).
  • Lisa Rubenstein, Susanne Hempel, Jodi Liu, Margie Danz, Robbie Foy, Yee-Wei Lim, Aneesa Motala, Paul Shekelle. The Minimum Quality Criteria Set (MQCS) for critical appraisal: advancing the science of quality improvement. BMJ Quality & Safety, 2015 24, no. 12. 796-804.

Media Coverage:

View his detailed CV here. 

Joint Associate Professor
Email yee_wei_lim@nus.edu.sg
Tel (65) 6516 4981


Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health
Tahir Foundation Building
National University of Singapore
12 Science Drive 2
Singapore 117549
For all visitors, kindly proceed to Level 10 Reception Area at MD1
Telephone: (65) 6516 4988
Fascimile: (65) 6779 1489

Connect With Us:     

© National University of Singapore. All Rights Reserved.
Legal   Branding guidelines