Associate Professor Reshma A Merchant

Associate Professor Reshma A Merchant

Head and Senior Consultant
Division of Geriatric Medicine
National University Hospital



Geriatrics – Ageing Well: Ageing Population And The Shift Towards Value-Based Care – Role Of Primary Care
Date: 23 September 2017, Saturday
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Synopsis: With ageing population, increase in complexity of care and rapid advances in healthcare delivery, healthcare cost is likely to escalate. Healthcare organisations need to move from sick care to health-care by focusing on population health and prevention, cure to care, disease to function, survival to quality of life and focus on value to patients. Better health is inherently less expensive than poor health. Incremental changes have had little impact, and there is a need to restructure healthcare. In the era of value-based care, primary care should be the key player. The key to innovation in primary care is understanding population behavioural and social needs, and to focus on the root causes of what makes them ill, not just treating the acute symptoms they present with. Innovation is needed in structure, organization and care delivery, not just in devices and medications.


Associate Professor Reshma Merchant is currently the Head of Division of Geriatric Medicine, National University Hospital (NUH), and Geriatric Education Director for Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS). She graduated from the University of Edinburgh and obtained her postgraduate qualification from The Royal College of Physician London.

Associate Professor Reshma Merchant was the head of division of Advanced Internal Medicine for seven years before September 2016 and under her leadership, the division had made great progress in care integration, care coordination and is now looking at using data and technology as an enabler to improve productivity, quality and accessibility. She is actively involved in improving quality of care for hospitalized elderly, and together with the nursing team, they have introduced Eldercare Bundle hospital-wide. She also holds many leadership positions in national professional organizations and advisory boards including National Kidney Foundation. Her main area of research interest is in sarcopenia, cognitive frailty and successful ageing in the community.

Besides clinical service and research, she is also a very enthusiastic teacher and has won multiple teaching awards including the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2007 and the Passionate Teacher Award in 2014. She has conducted many workshops on using innovation e.g. flipped classroom for teaching.