Dr. Wong Nan Soon

Medical Oncology

Credentials MBBS (Singapore) M.Med (Int. Med) MRCP (United Kingdom) FAMS (Medical Oncology) Visiting Consultant, National Cancer Centre Adjunct Associate Professor, Duke-NUS
Language English,Mandarin Chinese,Bahasa Melayu,Bahasa Indonesia,Hokkien Dialect,Cantonese Dialect
Background

Dr Wong obtained his medical degree from the National University of Singapore in 1994 and certificate of full medical registration in 1995. He subsequently developed an interest in internal medicine and successfully obtained the degrees of Master’s in Internal Medicine and Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the United Kingdom in 2000.

In 2003, he completed advanced specialty training in general medical oncology. This was followed by a 1 year clinical fellowship sub-specializing in breast medical oncology in Sunnybrook and Women’s Health Science Centre, Toronto, Canada where he trained under world renowned breast oncologists including Professor Kathleen Pritchard.

He was promoted to the position of consultant in 2006 and subsequently rose to the position of senior consultant and chief of breast team in the department of medical oncology, National Cancer Centre Singapore in 2009.

In 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Singapore National Medical Research Council overseas research fellowship to develop expertise in phase I clinical trials at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. During this year, he broadened his subspecialty interest to encompass gastrointestinal cancers, training under Professor Herbert Hurwitz. He also underwent further training in biostatistics and clinical research methodology.

Dr Wong is actively involved in clinical research. In 2005, he was awarded the Novartis Oncology Young Canadian Investigator Award. He has since been involved in more than 30 local and international pharmaceutical and investigator initiated clinical trials and held a number of institutional and national level research grants. He has contributed more than 50 abstracts and papers in both local and international oncology journals, including Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research and Annals of Oncology.

Dr Wong is also actively involved in the education of medical students, doctors and nurses. He was clinical teacher in Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore from 2006-2011. He is also an invited lecturer at Nanyang Polytechnic School of Health Sciences where he delivers lectures in the field of oncology to advanced diploma nursing students. In 2011, he was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Duke-National University of Singapore. He previously sat on the Specialist Training Committee in medical oncology, Ministry of Health, Singapore from 2008-2011.

Over the years, Dr Wong has actively served and contributed to a number of public institutions, learned societies and community organizations. He has held positions including Director of Public and Patient Education, National Cancer Centre Singapore; Deputy Director in the Division of Community Outreach and Philanthropy, National Cancer Centre; Vice President, Singapore Society of Oncology; Board Member, Chapter of Medical Oncologists of Singapore; and Chairperson, Medical Treatment Fund subcommittee, Singapore Cancer Society.

Dr Wong’s subspecialty interests are breast cancer and colorectal cancer. He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals and major international cancer meetings in the area of breast cancer pathology, epidemiology, novel therapeutics, chemotherapy and endocrine therapy as well as in the area of colorectal cancer.

His research interests include phase I trials, novel therapeutics, metronomic chemotherapy in combination with aromatase inhibitors, neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer as well as triple negative breast cancer and he previously served as a member of the clinical trials steering committee at the National Cancer Centre Singapore.

Achievements
  • 1994 MBBS Singapore
  • 2000 Master’s In Internal Medicine (Singapore), MRCP (UK)
  • 2003 Completed Advanced Specialty Training in Medical Oncology
  • 2004 Awarded Health Manpower Development Program Scholarship in Breast Oncology
  • 2005 Awarded Canadian Young Investigator Award for breast cancer research
  • 2005 Awarded Canadian Medical Oncology Annual Meeting Best Abstract Award
  • 2007 Appointed Honorary Secretary, Chapter of Medical Oncologists, Academy of Medicine Singapore
  • 2008 Appointed Specialist Training Committee Member for Medical Oncology, Singapore
  • 2008 Appointed Director, Patient and Public Education Unit, National Cancer Centre Singapore
  • 2008 Appointed Member, Clinical Trials Steering Committee, National Cancer Centre Singapore
  • 2009 Senior Consultant and Chief Breast Team, Department of Medical Oncology, National Cancer Centre
  • 2009 Awarded National Medical Research Council Overseas Fellowship
  • 2009 Spring Singapore Service Excellence Gold Award
  • 2010 SingHealth Service Excellence Gold Award
  • 2011 Appointed Deputy Director, Division of Community Outreach and Philanthropy, National Cancer Centre Singapore
  • 2011 Appointed Chair, Patient and Family Education Committee, National Cancer Centre Singapore
  • 2011 Elected Vice-President, Singapore Society of Oncology
  • 2011 Appointed Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences, Duke-NUS Singapore