Dr Tan Kok Heng Adrian

Dr Tan Kok Heng Adrian

Family Physician, Consultant
Department of Continuing and Community Care, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH)



Pushing The Boundaries Of Family Medicine
Date: 22 September 2017, Friday
Time: 2.30pm – 5pm
Synopsis: Family medicine aims to reintegrate and personalize healthcare for patients, who are increasingly frustrated with the fragmented and complex healthcare system. There is a shift towards person-centered care rather than the traditional physician-centered model.

More family physicians have walked on a path that differs from the traditional path of managing patients in the outpatient clinic.  The common theme from these speakers is this: when faced with a pressing need in the healthcare system, these family physicians rose to the challenge and plough through the barriers to reach the success they have today.

These family physicians have found that the foundation in family medicine and ethos have put them in good stead to excel and contribute in the current areas of work.

First speaker is Dr Adrian Tan. Dr Tan is a consultant in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), and is the deputy director of the Home Ventilation and Respiratory Support Service (HVRSS), which is one of the home care programmes run by TTSH taking care of adult patients requiring mechanical ventilation support at home. He will share on the work he is doing in HVRSS, and how being a family physician has helped him provide care at this niche setting.

Second is Dr Kelvin Koh from Jurong Community Hospital (JCH), who will focus on dementia care in the intermediate and long term care setting. He helped set up the dementia care ward in JCH and developed the multidisciplinary team comprising of doctors, nurses, therapists and medical social workers to provide holistic, person-centred subacute dementia care.

Third is Dr Raymond Ng Han Lip who is a palliative care physician working in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, with the background training in family medicine. He will share about his journey to becoming a palliative care physician, and the roles of family physicians in palliative care.

Fourth is A/Prof Lee Kheng Hock who is senior consultant, Department of Family Medicine Continuing Care (FMCC) in Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He is the founding Head of FMCC.  The team of 30 doctors provide inpatient, outpatient and transitional care as part of Division of Medicine SGH.  The team also runs Bright Vision Hospital which is 315 bed community hospital.  They provide medical care to patients in the various services including subacute care, rehab care, chronic sick care and palliative care.  A/Prof Lee is concurrently the Medical Director of Bright Vision Hospital.  A/Prof Lee will share the pioneering work of his team of doctors in their decade long journey from 2006 to the present, demonstrating how the team push the boundaries in response to the emerging needs of the patients and the healthcare system


Dr Tan Kok Heng Adrian is a Family Physician Consultant in the Department of Continuing and Community Care (CCC) in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). He is currently Deputy Director of the Home Ventilation Respiratory Support Service and Consultant in charge of Transition Care Teams in CCC. He does consultancy work with Ang Mo Kio and Ren Ci Community Hospitals, and he is a mentor in Advance Care Plan in TTSH.

He is actively involved with College of Family Physicians Singapore as a supervisor/clinical assessor for the Family Medicine (FM) Fellowship Programme and a member of the FM Assessor Board.

He obtained his MBBS (NUS) in 1997, followed by MMed Family Medicine (NUS) in 2003. He is a fellow of College of Family Physicians Singapore (FCFPS) since 2010. He also obtained his geriatric diploma (GDGM) in 2007. He was awarded the Health Manpower Development Plan on High Spinal Cord Injury Patient Management in 2014 to Shepherd Centre, Rehabilitation Centre in Atlanta, Georgia USA.

His past appointments include the Deputy Head in Yishun Polyclinic (NHGP), Supervisor and chief clinical trainer and research head in St Andrew’s Community Hospital, Acting Medical Director in Kwong Wai Shui Hospital and Day Rehabilitation Centre. He was also the consultant overseeing palliative care in Nursing Homes and Consultant in charge of Post-Acute Home Care for elderly in TTSH.

He is currently appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Medical Department, Family Medicine, National University Health System. He is also a faculty member of the Family Medicine Residency Program of National Healthcare Group and Clinical Practice Facilitator of Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine.

His current interests are in community complex care, geriatric, rehabilitation and palliative care in the community. His other clinical interests include respiratory secretions management, chronic ventilation and percutaneous gastrostomy care in the community.