Dr. Asok Kurup
|Credentials||MBBS (Singapore) 1992, M Med (Int Med) (Singapore) 1997, MRCP (Int Med) (Edin) 1997|
|Language||English, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia|
Kurup graduated with MBBS from the National University of Singapore in 1992. He then obtained postgraduate qualifications in internal medicine, which included the Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) from the National University of Singapore and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP), Edinburgh, UK in 1997.
As he developed a keen interest in infectious diseases, he pursued advanced training in this specialty both locally and in the University of California at San Diego where he was a clinical and research fellow.
He was awarded specialist accreditation in infectious diseases from the Ministry of Health Singapore and the Singapore Medical Council in 2001. He is also a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS) since 2005.
Prior to commencing private practice, Dr Kurup was a senior consultant in the Department of Infectious Diseases of Singapore General Hospital and a clinical lecturer with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. He continues to serve as a visiting consultant to the Department of Infectious Diseases, Singapore General Hospital and is an adjunct associate professor with the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS).
He was at the forefront of infectious diseases outbreaks including the Nipah virus outbreak in 1999, the SARS epidemic in 2003 and the H1N1 pandemic of 2009. Being a former chair of the infection control committee of the Singapore General Hospital, Dr Kurup has also managed various other outbreaks and remains passionate about control of community and nosocomial infections. He has also served on several committees of the Ministry of Health primarily in the area of infection control.
He also has a keen interest in HIV medicine, which was the focus of his training stint at the University of California. He was also a former visiting consultant to infectious Diseases Department of Tan Tock Seng Hospital where he ran a HIV clinic at the Communicable Diseases Center.
As a member of the Specialist Training Committee (Infectious Diseases) and the current Vice-president of Infectious Diseases Physicians Specialty Board, he continues to contribute to the development of the specialty in the country.
Given his keen interest in research throughout his career, he has over 85 scientific publications and abstracts to his credit in peer-reviewed professional publications including Clinical Infectious Diseases, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases and American Journal of infection Control. He continues to present his abstracts at major infectious diseases related scientific meetings. He is a regular reviewer of various scientific publications including the Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Infection Control and the Singapore Medical Journal. He has delivered numerous lectures locally, regionally and overseas.
Dr Kurup also does community outreach and relief work. In 2006, he helmed efforts by Singapore General Hospital to bring medical care and education to a disadvantaged neighbourhood. In 2005, he was part of a medical mission organized by Singhealth and the Sri Lanka Red Cross to bring medical relief to victims of the Asian Tsunami in Sri Lanka.