Dr. Daniel Wai Chun Hang

Endocrinology

Credentials MBBS, MRCP(UK), MMed (Int Med)
Language English, Mandarin Chinese, Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Indonesia, Cantonese Dialect
Background

Dr Wai was born in Hong Kong and took the Ministry of Education scholarship to study in Singapore, and had decided to make Singapore his home since then. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degree from the National University of Singapore in 1998. He obtained his membership of the Royal College of Physician (United Kingdom) and Master of Medicine (Internal Medicine) Singapore in 2001. He subsequently had his advanced specialist training in the Singapore General Hospital and completed it in 2006. From 2007 to 2008, he went to the Alfred Hospital and Baker Heart Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia for further training in management of lipid disorders. He ran the Lipid Clinic upon his return, treating many patients with hard-to-treat cholesterol problems. In 2010, he was made the Director of the Obesity and Metabolic Unit of his department, leading a team of doctors, dietician, physiotherapist and psychologists to provide the medical and surgical treatment for obesity and cholesterol problems.

Dr Wai had given over 135 local and international lectures over the years, on topics on diabetes, cholesterol, obesity and thyroid. The audience ranged from the public, medical students, physiotherapists, dietitians, traditional Chinese physicians, cardiologists, ophthalmologists and other internal medicine specialists. He was Adjunct Assistant Professor of the medical faculty of the National University of Medicine from October 2010 to Dec 2011.

Dr Wai was active in research and was principle investigator of studies in genetics of cholesterol, visceral fat, cardiovascular risk factors and thyroid eye disease, with funding from the National Medical Research Council and Biomedical Research Council. He was also regularly invited by those research institutes as a reviewer of research grant application, as well as reviewer of research papers in local and international journals.

As interesting as leadership, teaching and research are, Dr Wai remains most passionate about patient care. He was awarded the Service with A Heart Award by the Singapore General Hospital 3 times, in recognition of the excellent service he had given to his patients. He speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Indonesia. He was regularly interviewed by the Media regarding topics on obesity, diabetes and cholesterol care.

Achievements

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS & SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

  • Member, Singapore Medical Association, 1999 until now
  • Member, Endocrinology & Metabolic Society of Singapore, 2008 until now
  • Member, Singapore Association of the Study of Obesity, 2010 until now
  • Clinical Tutor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Naitonal University of Singapore, 2005-2010
  • Clinical Teacher, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Naitonal University of Singapore, June-Oct 2010
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Naitonal University of Singapore, 2010-2011

AWARDS

  • Travel Grant for 13th International Symposium on Atherosclerosis, 2003
  • Health Manpower Development Plan Fellowship Award, Ministry of Health, 2006
  • Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, April 2007
  • Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, March 2009
  • 10 Years Long Service Award, Singapore General Hospital, August 2009
  • Service With A Heart Award, Singapore General Hospital, Dec 2010

Articles

A New Class of Diabetes Medication Arrives in Singapore

Despite current treatment including insulin, only 40% of patients in Indonesia[1], 35% of patients in Singapore[2] and 22% of patients in Malaysia[3] have good diabetes control. A new class of medication called the SGLT2 inhibitor has been approved in Singapore, the...

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Common Thyroid Problems

The thyroid hormone is a hormone (chemical messenger) made in the thyroid gland from Iodine. The thyroid gland is located at the lower part of the neck in front, just outside the windpipe. The thyroid hormone travels around the body,...

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